Seeking Cézanne

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What a charming book! Targeted for children aged seven and up; bursting with reproductions of classic art, captured with color and energy breathing life onto every page - this visually spectacular and lovely little book teaches children about the artist Cézanne, helping set the stage for a life-long…

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The Prized Girl

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Crazy unputdownably good, it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. Virginia Kennedy, our darkly messed-up, severely hurting, main protagonist, is twenty-six years old, living in a small New England town. Biting sarcasm, extreme social avoidance, and an alcohol-induced haze, Virginia’s prime tools for coping, do little to…

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Around the Dark Dial

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I remember reading Ray Bradbury as a kid and being totally captivated. That rush of immediate childish wonder - of starry nights and worlds out there to be discovered - and lurking in the sidelines, the terror of the unknown, the darkly magical, and just what could be out…

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Elise

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Elise Morgan is ninety years old, has lived the vast majority of her life in Cornwall, and as her eminently capable daughter points out, “has a good, balanced view of things”, including, (alone among her contemporaries), a lack of panic at the large-scaled housing development threatening the sanctity of…

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Brother

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Devastating in its quiet truth, “Brother” is a book about love, about hope, about wanting the best for your family and the future, and the insurmountable odds that may make the ordinary, the safe, and the comfortable completely out of reach. Michael and his brother, Francis, live with their…

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Dragon(e) Baby Gone

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a hoot! “Dragon(e) Baby Gone” is a side-splitting, rollicking ride of urban fantasy mayhem - a glimpse into a world where illegal magic can at best be loosely controlled as “extra-planar” creatures, teeming with malevolence and greed, and aided by extraordinary powers, seep across the earthly planar divide…

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The Ballerinas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 I am a fast reader. It will typically take me a day, perhaps two, to read a book, obsessively finding the time to squeeze in more reading for a book that I am particularly enjoying. This book, “The Ballerinas”, broke my pattern apart. Hooking me from the very…

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