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Posted on: October 29, 2019

The Weight of Ink

The Weight of Ink

by Rachel Kadish

Reviewed by Cyndi:

This book hit all the right notes for me: old manuscripts, mystery, archivists and historians, and, best of all, two courageous women, centuries apart, forging their own way in the world.

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Lisette’s List

Lisette's List

by Susan Vreeland

Reviewed by Cyndi:

Vreeland tells the story of France during World War II through the eyes of a young woman who travels with her husband to the south of France to care for his grandfather. The descriptions of the French countryside, along ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi

Reviewed by Cyndi:

Set in Ghana and the United States, this novel is a masterpiece that brings the horrors of slavery to life as the author follows several generations and shows the many — and lasting — impacts slavery has h...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

by Anne Youngson

Reviewed by Cyndi:

This marvelous epistolary novel explores the power of letter writing in forging friendships and creating new cultural understandings. The correspondence begins between strangers — one in Denmark and the other in...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Mrs Grant and Madame Jule

by Jennifer Chiaverini

Reviewed by Cyndi:

I love Chiaverini’s work, but if I had to choose one, it would be Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. Based loosely on historical facts, this novel explores slavery and the Civil War from two perspectives: that of...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

The Woman Who Fell from the Sky: Poems

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

by Joy Harjo

Reviewed by Cyndi:

Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named United States Poet Laureate and this book demonstrates why Harjo is so deserving of this honor. Combining storytelling with poetry and song, Harjo creates masterful poems tha...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Battle Dress: Poems

Battle Dress

by Karen Skolfield

Reviewed by Cyndi:

To have such a masterful poet in our own backyard is such a gift. Skolfield’s second book of poetry is a powerful exploration of a woman’s life in the Army and as a veteran.

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry

Nine Gates

by Jane Hirshfield

Reviewed by Cyndi:

If you’re new to poetry, this book will help you get acquainted with it and if you’re a longtime poetry lover, it will open your eyes and provide new understanding. Hirshfield’s poetry is breathtaking and these essays a...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

If They Come for Us: Poems

If They Come For Us

by Fatimah Asghar

Reviewed by Cyndi:

These poems are so timely, exploring what it’s like to be a young Pakistani Muslim woman in today’s America. Asghar illuminates her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging in a way that has the power to trans...

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