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Name : Lisa F.

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Interesting, Persuasive, Informative

The reporting, particularly in the first history-rich chapters, was excellent. I appreciated the stories of real women struggling in the trenches, particularly under pandemic limitations. What was not effective was the memoir bits. While she is a gifted journalist, the author was unsuccessful connecting with readers through her own story. It was too privileged and worked against her reliability as a narrator which she had established in the other sections. Each time she started saying “I” or “my” I thought..oh, boy…don’t share. Go back to the interviews. It’s like there were two objectives: share my story so I can feel understood, and share the stories of others to create a sense of urgency on all our parts to take actions to reverse the tragic turn of democracy against it has always been. That’s the story we hoped for. There was too much her.

Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Ann Napolitano
Beautiful, Romantic, Epic

Beautiful, Optimistic, Interesting

I adored the hell out of it. Marcellus is the best! It was a sci-fi mystery love story about friendship and cold oceans and small towns and grief. I missed it so much after I finished. I still do!

Demon Copperhead: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Brilliant, Insightful, Difficult

Catcher and the Rye can retire. Holden Caufield can leave the building. However you want to say it, Demon Copperhead is the new coming of age novel GOAT. While he was once very loved by his biological mother, this is not enough to prepare for or shield Demon from the horrific experiences awaiting him over and over. And his wit and self effacing humor, by God, keep us rooting for him and scared for him like he is our own family member. I wanted to reach inside the book and hug him every few pages. Write myself into the story arc so he could have a good few months.. after I managed to unite all the decent people he kept loosely in his orbit. I’ve loved nearly all of Barbara Kingsolver’s books—especially her essays— and I recommend highly reading “Dopesick” and this deservedly Pulitzer Prize winning gorgeous novel together. For deeper context and to remind yourself this is a real, true horror story. No supernatural scary clowns in the sewer drain villains, but a heartlessly devious and highly organized pharmaceutical company, aggressive sales and marketing teams and desperate addicts with nothing to lose. It was horrifying and beautiful. Excruciating and triumphant.

Interesting, Brilliant, Insightful

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow was equal parts delightful and surprising yet also haunting. I’m still mad about the death of a major character and will keep wondering why the author chose to do it! The childhood friendship between Sadie Green and Sam Masur was incredibly well written as were the explanations of the games and how they were played. The unrequited love story was sweet at many times but also everyone needed therapy. So many unresolved traumas got in the way of their professional and personal dynamics. The grandparents were sweet and the development of the secret game at the end as a means of apology was gorgeous. Video games are enough a part of my life that I appreciate (as I did with “Ready Player One”) any love story about gaming! And the magic eye component was lovely, too. I spent a lot of time angry at both Sadie and Sam for being inflexible jerks. Will always recommend the story!

The Sanatorium: A Novel by Sarah Pearse
Dramatic, Dark, Fun

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
Inspiring, Insightful, Dramatic

Beautiful, Informative, Interesting

This Tender Land: A Novel by William Kent Krueger
Adventurous, Beautiful, Inspiring

Optimistic, Insightful, Informative

Interesting, Addictive, Dark

Beautiful, Fun, Fantastic

Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic

The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia
Epic, Beautiful, Insightful

Informative, Unconvincing, Persuasive

Interesting, Beautiful, Addictive

Dear Edward: A Novel by Ann Napolitano
Interesting, Optimistic, Dramatic

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Reid Taylor Jenkins
Interesting, Fun, Addictive

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller
Informative, Inspiring, Beautiful

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