The Outskirts of Hope – Review

"During the height of the civil rights movement, my family moved to a small, all-black town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where my father opened a clinic and mother Aura Kruger, taught English at the local high school." This book is a memoir, written by the youngest daughter Jo, but mainly told through [...]

´╗┐The Heart’s Invisible Furies – Review

"Anything is possible," I said. "But most things are unlikely." The Heart's Invisible Furies is an epic, all-encompassing story spanning the life of Cyril Avery. Cyril is adopted, "not a real Avery", as his adopted parent's Charles and Maude often remind him, growing up in the 1950's in Ireland. Even though his adoptive parent's remind [...]

The Reminders – Review

"That's how it is with people's brains. There's only enough room for the most important memories and the rest gets thrown away." Joan Lennon Sully is a ten year old girl, normal in every way except one. She was born with a rare ability to remember most days of her life. It isn't photographic memory [...]

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined – Review

"This whole trip could have been set up to prove it to me once and for all. Life isn't fair, and anything is possible." Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined is a stunning book. It so fully captures the heartbreaking nature of living. The depth and warmth and aching beauty of this book will stay with [...]

How To Behave In a Crowd – Review

"I guess that's what happens when you're the only one to notice a thing: you feel responsible for it." How To Behave In A Crowd follows a French family living in a small town in rural France. We get our introduction and view of the family from the youngest son, Isadore. Dory, or Izzy, as [...]

The Goddesses – Review

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." Nancy wants nothing more than to forget her life in San Diego. Even more, she wants to forget why her and her family had to move to Hawaii in the first place. Meeting Ana, pronounced On-a, gives her a chance [...]

Truly Madly Guilty – Review

"It was interesting that fury and fear could look so much the same." Truly Madly Guilty is a book that dug it's way deep under my skin and planted itself firmly in my heart. It explores the idea of what can happen on an ordinary day. A day where a group of adults, neighbors and [...]

Lying to Children – Review

"Believe me, it's not easy being a dad. It takes love, strength, patience, understanding... and the ability to lie sincerely to impressionable young children about all manners of things, from the existence of Santa Claus to why they can't have a puppy." Lying to Children is a funny novel, set up as a series of [...]

Girl On Point – Review

"This is a whole new level of hate. This is a Super Bowl stadium full of hate. This is homicidal hate." Alex is a High School Senior. She plays basketball for her school and loves sharing the team with her younger sister Jenny. She has a boyfriend, friends, and while her mother is a bit [...]

Spoonbenders – Review

"The thing about skeletons was, you never knew how much space they were taking up in the closet until you got rid of them." Spoonbenders is a funny story about a family. This particular family, the Amazing Telemachus Family, is a family of psychics. Each with abilities to astound and dazzle. Except, they don't really [...]