The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (2017) – Fiction  4/5 This book has been on my reading list for a while and what a time to read a book set in the backdrop of Alaskan isolation than right now. While my self-distancing is no where near the level of what it is like to settle…

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The Splendid and the Vile

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (2020) – Nonfiction 5/5 There have been hundreds of books and movies about Winston Churchill. The bulldog, the leader, the boss, the fighter. He was everything a leader needed to be and was a leader when the world needed him to be one. The Splendid and the…

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Bad Kansas

Bad Kansas by Becky Mandelbaum (2017) – Fiction – Short Stories 4/5 This book was recommended by the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas. If I can have a moment to plug local bookstores, please patronize these wonderful establishments. I know it is hard to escape the ease of Amazon and I utilize a Kindle,…

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Afterlife

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (2020) – Fiction 4/5 Grief is a weird thing. Afterlife by Julia Alvarez captures this elusive but universal feeling. This book touched me in spots that are still sore. I’ve lost two close family members in the past year which is more than I have really experienced in a long time.…

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The Boy From the Woods

  The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben (2020) – Fiction 3.5 Sustenance. Readers need books to survive and like eating food, sometimes you just need something quick to get you by. The Boy From the Woods is a quick thriller. The characters are intriguing and unique, all damaged in some way or another.…

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