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Lockdown by Laurie R. King

Posted June 27, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Lockdown by Laurie R. King

It’s Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School and Principal Linda McDonald needs the day to go smoothly. The school is in a low-income area and many of the residents are immigrants. The community is also still reeling from both the murder of a teenager by a gang member and the mysterious disappearance of a sixth-grader. […]

The Prisoner in His Palace by Will Bardenwerper

Posted June 25, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Prisoner in His Palace by Will Bardenwerper

Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? —Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho In the summer of 2006, twelve United States soldiers (also known as the “Super Twelve) were tasked with guarding former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein as he sat on trial for crimes against humanity. Saddam ruled over Iraq for 35 […]

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

Posted April 21, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 1 Comment
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

“The past is like a shadow, always trying to catch up.” A beautifully-written story about an unconventional father-daughter relationship. For as long as Loo can remember, it’s always been just her and her father Samuel Hawley; her mother Lily died when Loo was a baby. Hawley sets up a shrine to Lily at every single place […]

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy by David A. Nichols

Posted April 16, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy  by David A. Nichols

“As it is now, the President is trying to produce confidence in the face of the Soviet menace, and McCarthy is stirring up fear; Eisenhower is trying to draw the parties together, and McCarthy is setting them apart; Eisenhower is urging cooperation with the allies, and McCarthy is attacking their policies and purposes; Eisenhower is […]

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Posted April 13, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Hannah is having a great day! She can’t wait to get home and tell her boyfriend Matt about how well she did during her training course. Her excitement is dampened when she walks in through her door and notices that everything is rearranged. It looks exactly like it did before Matt moved in. His belongings […]

Almost Missed You by Jessica Stawser

Posted April 12, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Almost Missed You by Jessica Stawser

Violet has a good life. Her husband Finn and three-old-son Bear are her entire world. While on a family vacation in Florida, Finn offers to take Bear back to the hotel room for a nap so that Violet can get some much-needed relaxation on the beach. Even when she’s alone, all she can think about […]

A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Posted April 11, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
A Separation by Katie Kitamura

Between two people, there will always be room for failures of imagination. The narrator receives an urgent call from her mother-in-law, wanting to know why her son Christopher isn’t answering her calls during his travels in Greece. The narrator and her unfaithful husband have been separated for six months, but they’ve decided to keep it […]

American Yellow by George Omi

Posted April 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
American Yellow by George Omi

George Minoru Omi was almost eleven years old when everything changed for his family. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The United States was already an unwelcoming environment for those of Japanese descent and the deaths of 2,403 Americans only heightened the hostility. Two months after the attack, President Franklin Delano […]

The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

Posted March 20, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac

In Washington D.C., beautiful young attorney Evelyn Carney goes missing. She ran out of a restaurant after an argument with her husband and seemed to disappear into thin air soon after. Virginia Knightly, an executive producer at a news station, notices the city’s Criminal Investigations Division latched on to the case immediately, even though there’s […]

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Posted March 16, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Existence runs on energy, a fluid movement forward, yet we never stop seeking the point of origin, the Big Bang that set us upon our inevitable course. Jakub Procházka, the first Czech in space, is sent on a solo mission to collect dust from the mysterious Chopra cloud. The long journey through the cosmos gives […]