Originally posted 2017-03-04 12:00:16. Steal the North tells the story of Emmy Nolan, a sixteen-year-old from Sacramento sent to live with her aunt and uncle in eastern Washington for the summer. This is all fine and dandy, except Emmy had no idea that these relatives even existed. Moreover, they primarily want her to come because…

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Originally posted 2017-02-28 17:00:51. Drew Silver is an aging one hit wonder, and middle age has not been kind to him. While the former front man of his band is enjoying a successful solo career, and his gorgeous ex-wife is about to marry a successful surgeon, Silver survives off of royalty checks from “The Bent…

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Originally posted 2017-02-14 17:00:45. Big Law was written by a lawyer. A lawyer who tried his hand at writing. And failed. Ok, maybe “failed” is a bit strong. It’s not that Big Law is unreadable or anything, but at times it comes close. Carney Blake is a newly minted partner at Dunn & Sullivan, an appropriately fancy-sounding…

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Originally posted 2017-02-11 12:00:44. On the surface, Moana is about a reluctant chief-in-training who struggles to rectify the expectations of her people with her own wants and dreams. Chief Tiu (Moana’s father) believes that no good can come from ever leaving their island paradise. Even when vital resources begin dwindling, Tiu remains firm in his…

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Originally posted 2017-02-07 17:00:51. Mike owns a tattoo parlor, and he just hired the quirky and beautiful Deb to work as his piercer. Mike is increasingly asked to tattoo people with the ashes of deceased loved ones. So people randomly stop in the shop and request that Mike mix some ashes with the ink and…

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Originally posted 2017-01-31 17:00:03. I have never heard of JI Baker, and the only thing I know about Marilyn Monroe is that she was a size 10 and she committed suicide. Equipped with this limited knowledge, I began reading Baker’s The Empty Glass, a fictionalized account that plays up the conspiracies surrounding the starlet’s death….

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Originally posted 2017-01-28 12:00:49. When District Attorney Andrew Barber begins investigating the murder of a fourteen-year-old boy, he assumes that the neighborhood pedophile is the culprit. Just as he begins gathering evidence, however, his own son, Jacob, is charged with the gruesome stabbing. Like any parents, Andy and his wife Laurie are appalled at the…

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Originally posted 2017-01-24 17:00:34. This was one of those novels that made me constantly hope for the death of the protagonist. Not the demise. Not the financial ruin. Death. As most of And When She Was Good is told in the present tense, I thought that this was a legitimate possibility, which is the only…

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Originally posted 2017-01-21 12:00:52. Just a few pages into Fiona Neill’s What the Nanny Saw, I was already pretty angry – not a good sign. The first red flag was that a key character was named “Bryony.” Upon encountering this unfortunately named woman, I was forced to consult the book jacket to confirm that I…

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Originally posted 2017-01-17 17:00:03. I usually think long and hard when trying to decide what book to read; every once in a while, though, I end up – for better or for worse – making a completely random selection. In this instance, Turn of Mind, by Alice LaPlante, was one of the only two books…

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Originally posted 2017-01-14 12:00:26. Earlier this week, I had a conversation with my mother that went something like this: Me: I just read a really cool book about the cultural history of rabies! Mom: [Pause] Rabies has a cultural history? This is a very telling excerpt from our little chat. For one thing, please note…

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Originally posted 2017-01-10 17:00:25. Sunny is bald. She has an autistic son. She has an astronaut husband (who is building robots to help make the moon habitable). She was raised in Burma. Her father was a missionary there, and he was executed. Her mother is on life support. While any one of these aspects would…

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Originally posted 2017-01-07 12:00:17. I have absolutely no idea how I feel about Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. This is something of a novelty to me, as I typically have a strong opinion one way or another, but here this is certainly not the case. I even waited several days after finishing it in hopes that…

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Originally posted 2017-01-03 17:00:47. I have not read a good book in months. After suffering through The Hunger Games series and the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, I was craving something straightforward, so I turned to nonfiction. A few weeks ago I had the misfortune of viewing a travesty of a film titled The Raven;…

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