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The exciting thing about a person like Saint Hilda of Whitby is that we know so little about her, so there’s lot of room for a historical fiction writer to simply make stuff up, which is exactly what Nicola Griffith … Continue reading

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Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

Less than a month before school starts again. Ugh. It’s not like I don’t want to go back to school (because I do), but I also want to lie around and do nothing for a little bit longer. Eat some … Continue reading

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Wintersmith/I Shall Wear Midnight

Back in 2014, I read the first two Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett. Although the plot of the first book was a little hard to follow, I loved Tiffany herself, but it took me a long while to get … Continue reading

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Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education

My job requires me to spend a lot of time thinking about K-12 education. I had this book by Noliwe Rooks on my reading list since before it came out—and before I got this job. As I’ve been doing some … Continue reading

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What Are We Doing Here?

The essays in this collection by Marilynne Robinson address several different aspects of American life, from its Puritan history, to the presidency, to the media. Some also take on such lofty theological concepts as the sacred, grace and beauty, and … Continue reading

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The Yellow Admiral

Now that I’ve finished The Yellow Admiral, I only have three books left in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. So there’s a good chance I’ll finish this year! I’ve been enjoying the books a lot, but I’m also ready to be done. … Continue reading

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Volume 1

There’s a lot going on in this graphic novel by Emil Ferris. The narrator, Karen Reyes, lives in 1960s Chicago and loves monster movies. In fact, she’s so absorbed in the world of monster movies that she sees herself as … Continue reading

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This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

In this collection of 10 essays, Morgan Jerkins reflects on her life and how it represents the experiences of black women in America. Each essay tackles a different aspect of life, including her childhood impressions of beauty, to life in … Continue reading

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A Kind of Freedom

New relationships, new babies, new homes. It’s all about hopefulness and dreams for a happy future. And that’s what the three main characters in Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s debut novel cling to—hope. And yet, as readers, we know things that they … Continue reading

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The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

When I first saw this book by journalist Frances Fitzgerald, I was both curious and uneasy. Curious because I’d like to see a clear-headed examination of the Evangelical Christian movement that I spent most of my young adulthood in, and … Continue reading

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