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Dancing With Elephants by Jarem Sawatsky

I read an advance reader copy, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about it since. The amount of wisdom contained in this book is unbelievable. Jarem interviewed Jon Kabat-Zinn, Patch Adams, Lucy Kalanthi (wife of Paul … Continue reading

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A Million Ordinary Days by Judy Mollen Walters

I saw this book in the Goodreads giveaway list and was intrigued by the description. I requested a review copy from the author, and she sent it right away. The full novel far surpassed my hopes. She included so many … Continue reading

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Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

Every time I read this book, I find myself more challenged than the time before. When I first read it, I focused mainly on the “wrongful birth” issue which was at the heart of the novel. I still find myself … Continue reading

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Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

This is my first read of 2017, and it’s a re-read of a favorite. I also re-read all the reviews before writing this. Some of the criticisms are fair. The ending is abrupt (no spoiler), Alicia isn’t the most likeable … Continue reading

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Confucius Says by Veronica Li

I discovered this book accidentally by a referral through a book group I generally don’t pay enough attention to. I won’t be making that mistake again. Confucius Says is a heartbreaker of a novel. Some people reacted to the choice … Continue reading

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Robot Coconut Trees by Kelsey Horton

The first thing I wanted to know about this book is where in the world the title had come from. Kelsey quickly answered that with a story. Her five-year-old nephews who enjoy writing books and stories, asked what the name … Continue reading

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From Welfare to Bestseller by Rebecca Patrick-Howard

I know what it’s like to sit on the wrong side of a food stamp worker’s desk when you’re feeling hopeless and helpless. You’re used to helping others, not being the one helped. Rebecca did in-home crisis intervention with families … Continue reading

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