Posted on: May 13, 2016

Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister

by Priya ParmarLinda's Review:I was mesmerized by this novel about the Bloomsbury Group, which is told from the perspective of the artist Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf. In 1905 in the London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, Vanessa and her three s......read more...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

by Julianna BaggottReviewed by Linda:Congratulations to Julianna Baggott of Amherst on her latest bestselling novel. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and widely praised by reviewers, the novel introduces us to three generations of women......read more...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

by Judith HooperReviewed by Linda:In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction it wasn’t hysteria that kept the brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, she suffered ......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi CoatesReviewed by Linda:The latest winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, "Between the World and Me" takes the form of a father's passionate letter to his son about racism in America. Although a short book, the devast......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

All I Know and Love

All I Know and Love

by Judith Frank
For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel's twi......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

One Plus One

One Plus One

by Jojo Moyes
Reviewed by JanetJess is a single mother, working two jobs to try to keep her family together. Nicky is a Goth 15 year old, being bullied by neighborhood toughs. Tanzie is a 10 year old math prodigy who's been offered a spot in a swanky s......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd
Reviewed by JanetSarah Grimké is not like other girls her age in 1803 Charleston, South Carolina. So when she is given her own personal slave girl, Hetty, for her 11th birthday, the institution of slavery becomes even more personal. He......read more...

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Posted on: November 17, 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle AlexanderReviewed by LindaA devastating analysis of how we have come to have the majority of young black men in our major American cities locked behind bars or labeled felons for life for drug crimes that are largely ignored when committed......read more...

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Posted on: December 31, 2014

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction

by Elizabeth KolbertReviewed by LindaA New Yorker staff writer, Elizabeth Kolbert knows how to grab and hold our attention in this account of evolution as it is being altered by humankind. Throughout earth's history there have been five major mass ext......read more...

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Posted on: November 12, 2014

Dear Committee Members

Dear Committee Members

by Julie Schumacher
Reviewed by JanetA fun look at academia – told entirely through letters – from a member of the English Department at a small Midwestern college. His own writing career on the rocks, his personal life in tatters, and the campus build......read more...

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Posted on: July 23, 2014

All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr
Reviewed by JanetMarie-Laure is a blind girl in Paris, whose father is the master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History. As the German invasion and occupation approaches, they flee to a great-uncle in St. Malo. Werner Pfennig live......read more...

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

by John GreenReviewed by LindaOK, I admit it. This book was a triple-hanky read for me. A young-adult novel that was just made into a film, the book introduces us to three teens living their fullest lives despite cancer diagnoses. Heart-breaking but n......read more...

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