Far Bright Star

“Far Bright Star”: by Robert Olmstead. Thorndike Press, Copyright 2009. 277 pages. Large Print. In the summer of 1916, a seasoned cavalryman who goes by the name Napoleon leads a mixed group of experienced and inexperienced misfits on a mission to seek out Pancho Villa and his gang of bandits. A few months prior, Pancho… Far Bright Star

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“Skyward: Claim the Stars” by Brandon Sanderson. New York: Delacorte Press. Copyright 2018. Science Fiction novels are often the populated by male characters. In Skyward, Brandon Sanderson breaks this tradition by creating a young female protagonist whose life long dream has been to become a pilot. Spensa’s world has been under attack for as long… Skyward

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The Mansion

The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone, New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2018] Billy Stafford was a computer programmer unlike any other.  He and Shawn Eagle shut themselves away on the abandoned grounds of Eagle Mansion to develop a cutting-edge, next-generation computer they named Nellie.  Two years later, Nellie is a failure but a… The Mansion

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The Mother-in-Law

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth features a family dynamic not prominently explored in literature to its full dimensions—the relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. Sally Hepworth is a master at creating intriguing, nuanced characters and believable plot events, and this novel is no exception. Told in points of view alternating from Lucy’s in the present and… The Mother-in-Law

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The Space Barons

“The Space Barons:  Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos” by Christian Davenport.  PublicAffairs (imprint of Perseus Books) New York. Copyright 2018. 308 pages, $28 hardback, $14.99 Kindle. Nineteenth century America was dominated by the “robber baron” captains of industry such as Rockefeller and Carnegie.  Twenty-first century America may well become… The Space Barons

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Eat Joy

“Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers” edited by Natalie Eve Garrett. Black Balloon Publishing, 2019. 194 pages. $22. Across almost every culture, food is a connecting force. Relationships are built over shared meals, and favorite dishes prepared by loved ones become precious memories, treasures passed down across generations. Through essays that… Eat Joy

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The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

“The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone”:  by Felicity McLean.  Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Copyright 2019.  297 pages.  $16 paperback.                 Revolving around the friendship of 5 Australian girls during the summer of 1992, “The Van Apfel Girls” is a coming-of-age novel turned thriller that’s permeated by speculation, uncertainty, lost opportunity, and doubt.  As an… The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

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Touched by the Sun

“Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie” by Carly Simon, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2019) After reading Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie, musician Carly Simon’s new memoir about her eleven year relationship with Jackie Kennedy Onassis, the question is if the notoriously private former first lady would still consider her a… Touched by the Sun

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Evvie Drake Starts Over

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. New York: Ballantine Books, 2019. 304 pages After months of preparation, Evvie Drake was finally doing it. She was taking charge of her life and leaving her husband. The car was packed when the call came, her husband had been in a tragic accident. Fast forward to almost… Evvie Drake Starts Over

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