Book of the Week: ‘How to Be a Good Creature’
Dec11

Book of the Week: ‘How to Be a Good Creature’

How to be a Good Creature Sy Montgomery 2018, 200 pages Nonfiction   Author, naturalist and adventurer Sy Montgomery explores her relationships with a variety of animal friends in this “memoir in thirteen animals”. Readers will briefly meet Christopher, her charismatic 750-pound pet pig; Octavia, a fascinating giant Pacific octopus she befriended at the New England Aquarium; Clarabelle, a tarantula found in her lodgings in French...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’
Dec04

Book of the Week: ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’

The Thing Around Your Neck Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie 2009, 300 pages Fiction (short stories)   The Thing Around Your Neck is a collection of 12 stories by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, the influential Nigerian author of Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013). The trials and tribulations of otherness are continually investigated throughout Adichie’s works, and this collection makes no exception. Set...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Toymakers’
Nov27

Book of the Week: ‘The Toymakers’

The Toymakers Robert Dinsdale 2018, 468 pages Adult fantasy fiction   Papa Jack’s Emporium is the magical toy store of everyone’s dreams. It opens each year on the day of the first frost in London, and closes when the first snowdrop blossoms. The Emporium is also a family: Papa Jack and his sons, Kaspar and Emil, who are close in age and intensely competitive in their toy-making. When a runaway girl, Cathy, applies for work on Opening...

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Book of the Week: ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’
Nov20

Book of the Week: ‘Beyond the Bright Sea’

Beyond the Bright Sea Lauren Wolk 2017, 283 pages Children’s fiction (over 10 years old) Crow is a 12-year-old girl who lives on a speck of land off Cuttyhunk Island, between Buzzard’s Bay and Vineyard Sound, Mass. How she got there is a familiar story to her: she was washed up by the ocean in an otherwise empty skiff and taken in by Osh, an artist who lived alone on that tiny islet. Osh kept her and raised her, with the help of their...

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Book of the Week: ‘Severance’
Nov13

Book of the Week: ‘Severance’

Severance Ling Ma 2018, 304 pages Adult fiction Severance, the debut novel of Chinese-born American Ling Ma, is hard to classify. Its premise is pretty straightforward. Shen Fever rapidly takes over the world, turning almost everyone in its path into what can best be described as a zombie. The infected mindlessly participate in the same action over and over again until death takes them. Millennial workaholic Candace Chen seems to...

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