Book of the Week: Woman must find own way and kidnapper
Feb20

Book of the Week: Woman must find own way and kidnapper

The Spies of Shilling Lane By Jennifer Ryan 355 pages/2019/fiction   In Ashcombe Village, England, March 1941, housewife Mrs. Braithwaite takes out her notebook and writes up her thoughts. “How do you measure the success of your life?” Mrs. Braithwaite thinks it has to do with how respected you are, your social standing. But when her cheating husband divorces her, she is ousted from the Women’s Voluntary Service group in the...

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Book of the Week: Mystery rife with twists
Feb05

Book of the Week: Mystery rife with twists

A Borrowing of Bones By Paula Munier 342 pages, 2018, fiction/mystery Mercy Carr, a military police officer, was shot during her last deployment in Afghanistan. Her fiancé, officer Martinez, was killed. His last words to Mercy were for her to take care of “his partner,” a bomb-sniffing Malinois dog named Elvis. Mercy retired and bought a remote cabin in Northshire, Vt., her hometown. She and Elvis have been healing and taking long...

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Book of the Week: Experimental form explores violence
Jan07

Book of the Week: Experimental form explores violence

In the Dream House Carmen Maria Machado 2019/272 pages / memoir In The Dream House is a haunting look at psychological abuse and the ways in which it often goes unrecognized, particularly in queer communities. The book focuses on Machado’s own harrowing experience with intimate partner violence and points out how rarely abuse in same-sex relationships is acknowledged and discussed. In The Dream House represents Machado’s effort to...

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Book of the Week: ‘Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts’
Dec30

Book of the Week: ‘Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts’

‘Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts’ Kate Racculia 2019 / 368 pages / Fiction Tuesday Mooney is private, hates socializing, and spends most of her time ferreting out potential donors for Boston General Hospital. Her job as a prospective donor researcher lets her puzzle out people and which buttons to push while safely shielding her from human interaction. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies – leaving behind...

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Book of the Week: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
Dec16

Book of the Week: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

By Robert Dugoni Sam Hill, dubbed Sam Hell from his father’s reaction upon his birth, was born with ocular albinism causing his eyes to shine a bright red. His mother, a devout Catholic, believes it is God’s will that Sam lead an extraordinary life. This is more difficult for Sam to believe, especially when he begins at Our Lady of Mercy and is immediately met with bullying by the hands of other students as well as Sister Beatrice,...

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