Category: Reviews

We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

Posted July 26, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

When the Heron landed on the Seven dock and the lines were down, he stepped carefully out of the boat. Majestic cliffs rose up behind him. Birds called. A flock of sheep tumbled down the hill, and the smell of cut grass and smoke ran alongside the ethereal salt. The sun was hot and the […]

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

Posted July 25, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 4 Comments
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed

“Endure. I have done it and so can you.” Years ago, the ancestors escaped the ravaged Wastelands to colonize a small island and start a new society. They wrote Our Book to line out the strict hierarchy and structure that would dictate their lives. Their descendants still follow those rules. Life in the agrarian society can be […]

It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice

Posted July 21, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice

It’s only important that you remember that behind every disease is a person. Remember that and you have everything you need to travel through my country. One month after his film was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival, Irish filmmaker Simon Fitzmaurice’s foot began going limp. The sensation passed, but his symptoms continued to escalate until […]

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

Posted July 17, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

Every experience is a potential life lesson. Even if you don’t appreciate it at the time, each struggle in the present is preparing you for something else in the future. Almost everyone knows Kevin Hart’s name by now, but that wasn’t always the case. In his memoir, he tells the story of how he became […]

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

Posted July 15, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

Ages 6-9. A charming picture book about one of the United States’ most recognizable landmarks. The Statue of Liberty has many symbolic features, but it’s her right foot that captures author Dave Egger’s imagination. She’s perpetually in motion! Where is she going? Where has she been? This book made my heart swell! The conversational style makes […]

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father

Posted July 15, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father

Alexander Hamilton was once forgotten, but he’s returned to the spotlight thanks to a popular Broadway musical. Embarrassingly enough, there was a time when I mostly associated him with a 1993 Got Milk? commercial! If you are looking for an accessible account of Hamilton’s life and his role in the American Revolution, this graphic history might perfect for […]

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Posted July 10, 2017 by Taryn in Reviews / 0 Comments
Final Girls by Riley Sager

We were, for whatever reason, the lucky ones who survived when no one else had. Pretty girls covered in blood. As such, we were each in turn treated like something rare and exotic. A beautiful bird that spreads its bright wings only once a decade. Or that flower that stinks like rotting meat whenever it […]

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 […]