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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

An Untamed State Roxanne Gay 368 pages Published: May 2014 by Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Source: Publisher Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men … Continue reading

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Review: Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Cinnamon and Gunpowder Eli Brown 318 pages Published in 2013 by FSG Source: Public Library She was lurid and terrible to see, the fallen Lucifer on the water, blind to the pelicans moving like gnats across her bow.  . . … Continue reading

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Book Review: Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon

Going in Circles Pamela Ribon 336 pages Published in 2010 by Downtown Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Source: Public Library but you can bet your sweet ass that I’m buying a copy Two weeks ago, I was trolling … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marbles by Ellen Forney

  Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney 256 pages Published in November 2012 by Gotham Books Where did I get this?  Public Library Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me chronicles illustrator Ellen Forney’s years-long … Continue reading

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Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain 368 pages Published in January 2013 by Broadway Source: Bought it If it wasn’t for a Twitter chat a few months ago, I probably wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin 192 pages Published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Source: Public Library Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurtson follows the critically-acclaimed author and … Continue reading

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Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Charles Duhigg 400 pages Published in 2012 by Random House Source: Public Library We all have habits. Some habits are good, like putting our keys in … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: The Year of the Beasts, A Greyhound of a Girl, and Her Mother’s Face

The Year of the Beasts Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell 192 pages Published in May 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Library I decided to read The Year of the Beasts since I loved Castellucci’s earlier book, The Plain Janes. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tan to Tamarind

Tan to Tamarind: Poems about the color brown Written by: Malathi Michelle Iyengar Illustrated by: Jamel Akib Publisher:  Children’s Book Press Pub Date: January 2009 32 pages When I first read this book, I knew this would be the perfect … Continue reading

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Changing the World without Giving Up Any Money

How To Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community, and World – At No Cost (2009) Written by Nicole Bouchard Boles 214 pages I’ve never traveled to Africa to help feed the hungry … Continue reading

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The Year the Swallows Came Early

The Year the Swallows Came Early (2009) Kathryn Fitzmaurice 290 pages Middle school fiction 2009 Cybils nominee Summary All Eleanor “Groovy” Robinson has ever wanted was to go to culinary school when she grows up. In the meantime, she spends … Continue reading

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Sea Change by Aimee Friedman

Sea Change (2009) Aimee Friedman 320 pages Young Adult Rating: Re-read Summary Miranda Merchant is ready to spend her summer interning at a museum in New York. But when her maternal grandmother Isadora dies, Miranda has to push her plans … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful (2009) Lauren Baratz-Logsted 193 pages Young Adult Rating: Re-read Instead of just giving you the regular book review format, I’m giving you five reasons why Crazy Beautiful is a great book and why I think you should give … Continue reading

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Jellaby by Kean Soo

Jellaby (2008) by Kean Soo 145 pages Rating: Reread Why I picked this up: I’ve read great reviews about Kean Soo’s Jellaby on many blogs and when I happened to see it at my local library, I grabbed it to … Continue reading

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Essay Review: What Good Is a Story?

“What Good is a Story?” from the essay collection, Small Wonder (2002) written by Barbara Kingsolver I have always wondered why short stories aren’t popular in modern America. We are such busy folks, you’d think we’d jump at the chance … Continue reading

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The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine

The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine (2008) April Lurie 224 pages Young Adult Dear Chris, After reading this book, I searched through the Nerds Heart YA group posts to see who’s the genius behind nominating this book for the tournament. … Continue reading

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The Ghost’s Child

The Ghost’s Child (2008) Sonya Hartnett 176 pages Young Adult Fiction Matilda, an elderly woman, comes home one afternoon to find a young boy sitting in her living room waiting for her. She has no idea who he is or … Continue reading

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500 Great Books by Women

500 Great Books by Women (1994) edited by Erica Bauermeister, Jesse Larsen, and Holly Smith 426 pages I don’t review reference books here on 1330v, but I love this book and wanted fellow bookworms to know about. If you liked … Continue reading

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Wild Magic by Cat Weatherill

Wild Magic (2007) Cat Weatherill 280 pages Middle School Fiction What led you to pick up this book? When I heard this was a re-telling of the Pied Piper fairy tale, I wanted to read it badly. I’ve been on … Continue reading

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Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

Bones of Faerie (2009) Janni Lee Simner 247 pages Young adult/Dystopian fiction Well-Read Ladies pick for May Summary A devastating war between human and Faerie leaves both sides changed forever. Liza, a young girl, has only heard of the Before … Continue reading

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Emily’s Piano by Charlotte Gingras

Emily’s Piano (2005) By Charlotte Gingras Translated from the French by Susan Ouriou Illustrations by Stephane Jorisch 60 pages Middle school fiction Grown-ups think I don’t understand anything. They’re wrong. I watch soap operas just like everyone else. What’s more, … Continue reading

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