Tag: 2016 releases

New Release Review: Hidden Figures

Posted December 20, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 27 Comments
New Release Review: Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures (2016) So, if you’re simply wondering whether I think this book is worth reading, and you’re interested in women’s history, civil rights, U.S. history, the space program, math, or computer science (which I should think covers most of us), I will save you some valuable reading time and say: yes, […]

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Top Ten Books on my Fall Review List

Posted October 25, 2016 by Lory in lists / 20 Comments
Top Ten Books on my Fall Review List

I’m so fortunate to have several publishers who send me review copies on a regular basis, and I want to do them justice by at least cracking them open for review consideration. However, fall seems to be an especially busy time all around, both for the publishers and for me, so I’ve been getting terribly […]

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New Release Review: Summerlong

Posted October 21, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 16 Comments
New Release Review: Summerlong

Peter S. Beagle, Summerlong (2016) The Puget Sound setting and mythological overtones of Peter S. Beagle’s new novel, Summerlong, made it sound irresistible to me — and it turned out to be a lovely end-of-summer read. A long-term unmarried couple, one living in Seattle and the other across the water on Gardner Island, find their […]

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New Release Review: Unearthed

Posted October 14, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: Unearthed

Alexandra Risen, Unearthed (2016) Subtitled “Love, Acceptance, and Other Lessons from an Abandoned Garden,” Unearthed is a gardening memoir that will appeal even to non-gardeners (like me). To start with, there’s the chance to vicariously experience taking an unloved, abandoned place and turning it into a magical place of refuge and healing — without having […]

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New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Posted October 7, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Release Review: The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Delia Sherman, The Evil Wizard Smallbone (2016) When a book gets compared to the work of Diana Wynne Jones, I’m not sure whether to read it or not. On the one hand, there’s the hope that the reading experience will evoke the brilliant qualities of my all-time favorite fantasy author. On the other, there’s the […]

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New Release Review: Marrow

Posted September 30, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
New Release Review: Marrow

Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow (2016) What are the ties that bind us as human beings? Can our thoughts and feelings influence our bodily well-being, even that of another person? How does releasing personal hurt, anger, and misunderstanding bring healing to our relationships and the world? When confronted with loss, betrayal, and death, can we learn to […]

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New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Posted September 23, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Amy Stewart, Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) The second entry in Amy Stewart’s historical mystery series based on the real-life Kopp sisters is as compulsively readable and effortlessly enjoyable as the first. Constance Kopp has become the first female deputy sheriff in New Jersey — or thinks she has. But politics and a devious criminal […]

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New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Posted September 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
New Release Review: The House by the Lake

Thomas Harding, The House by the Lake (2016) Though it focuses on a single location — a simple lakeside house built by a prosperous Berlin doctor as a family retreat — this book takes us on a tour of an astonishingly volatile period in German history. As if in a time-lapse film, we watch what […]

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New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Posted September 9, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
New Release Review: Looking for Betty MacDonald

Paula Becker, Looking for Betty MacDonald (2016) Shortly after I included Betty MacDonald in a post about funny female authors, this book landed in my mailbox. I was delighted to explore MacDonald’s life and work through Paula Becker’s thoughtful, painstakingly researched biography, and even more thrilled to see that University of Washington Press is going […]

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New Release Review: Carry On

Posted August 16, 2016 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
New Release Review: Carry On

Lisa Fenn, Carry On (2016) At the rare times when I watch sporting events (mostly during the Olympics), I’m less drawn in by the goals and records scored than by the human interest stories that sportscasters concoct to tug at our heartstrings and make us feel the emotions we have in common with these amazing […]

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