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GerardtheBookworm

GerardtheBookworm

Joined April 2017

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The Summer of Lost Letters | Hannah Reynolds
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A sweet, historical YA. The passing of Abby's grandmother, a Jewish refugee from World War 2, leads her to Nantucket where a series of love letters details her family's past and a future romance for her.

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An innocent online chat between two women turns macabre and deadly in this indie horror novella. Did this incident really happen? Is it an urban legend? You decide.

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Summer Sons | Lee Mandelo
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Queer based southern gothic. After the sudden death of his best friend, Andrew returns to his BFF's Nashville home only to be confronted by secrets and something sinister and supernatural. Fans of Mexican Gothic will enjoy this LGBTA+ horror read.

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Secretive magic and a conflict between good and evil exists between the Light and the Dark. A new YA series by C S Pascat that also includes LGBTA+ characters. For fans of the Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters series and the Grisha Trilogy.

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Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
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Once again Amor writes exquisite, well developed characters in this 50's road trip of redemption and friendship. Former juvenile offender Emmett tries to piece his life together when his old friends, Duchess and Wooley, escape their work camp and convince him to take trip on the Lincoln Highway for a financial opportunity. What follows is a beautifully written piece of literature multi-layered by human experiences and morality.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I'll admit I'm not a fan of All the Light You Cannot See so I went into this with an open mind. One thing is clear, Anthony Doerr has beautiful prose that may or may not appeal to readers who can tolerate disjointed storytelling. Jumping back and forth between time periods, five characters are connected by ancient text leading to the understanding of the human experience and how books binds us all together. Dense literary writing.

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Needlework | Julia Watts
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16 year old Kody loves cooking, sewing and all things Dolly Parton but that is not acceptable in a religious, conservative, rural impoverished Kentucky town. With a drug addicted mother and father in prison, it appeared his cycle of poverty and struggles would be his fate. Cut to a secret from his mother's past who gives Kody the boost of confidence to realize his "truth" and break the cycle of dysfunction. A queer teen read of Hillybilly Elegy.

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Dark Waters | Katherine Arden
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Part of the Small Spaces series, our trio of ghost hunting boys encounter a lake monster and angry spirit on Vermont.

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An Indian American producer of a Bachelor-type reality dating show falls for its star and vice versa in this LGBTA+ queer based rom-com.

CarolynM This rounds good🙂 2mo
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This feels like a combination of The Inner Life of Trees and Inner Life of Animals revisited. A rambling of mindfulness and human connectivity with nature and throw in the New Age of forest bathing, there isn't much that hasn't been covered in previous works. An okay read.

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Weird Kid | Greg van Eekhout
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A flaming blob falls from space and gets adopted by a human family. As it morphs into a middle school boy, he navigates the problems of being an outcast and outsider on this planet in this sweet story of growing pains, awkwardness, and friendship.

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Anglo-Saxon history told through the colonization and conquering of Europe starting around the 1400's to the formation of the Scandanavian region today.

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Vespasiano da Bisticci. The renowned bookseller of 1422 Italy who befriended royalty, nobles, and even the Pope. Vespasiano was more than a collector but a leader of acquisitions, able to procure scrolls, parchment, documents and books that were hard to find. Furthermore, the book not only covers the enlightenment of Italian Renaissance but the complicated and painstaking method of book publishing and assembly.

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A dense, detailed read focusing on 2020 Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and chemist Emmanuelle Charpentier and their work on uncovering the coded enzymes of DNA that contributed to the formation of CRISPR and assisted in a vaccine to combat COVID-19. The book also looks at the all the scientists involved in the process including the Watson-Crick controversial double helix study. For science buffs.

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Go Home, Ricky! | Gene Kwak
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A Native semi-pro wrestler struggles with identity, injuries, and his difficult life in this examination of the human experience in cultural fiction.

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Black Nerd Problems: Essays | William Evans, Omar Holmon
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Funny and poignant, Black Nerd Problems comments on the social issues that reflect POC's and are ingrained in pop culture.

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A page turning thriller YA. After coming out, Connor's religious mother sends him off to a gay conversion camp called Nightlife on a secluded island where other queer kids are forced to conform to the camp's extreme ideologies. However, it becomes apparent that the camp harbors some deadly secrets as he is forced to survive and find a way to escape in this teen page turner.

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Afterparties: Stories | Anthony Veasna So
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A series of short stories about the Cambodian American experience near the Bay Area. From drunken youths planning on sabotaging a wedding, a working class family who own a doughnut shop, a queer relationship, or the final connection of midwife who survived the Khmer Rouge, each story is an honest and raw insight into a forgotten culture. Sadly, the author passed away before the celebration of his debut which had garnered praise.

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The Show Girl | Nicola Harrison
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A fun, women's fiction romp of the roaring twenties. Aspiring singer and dancer, Olivia McCorwick, leaves her small town in Minneapolis to become a Ziegfield Follies star in New York City. What follows is a world of glamour, fame, romance and heartache in this historical fiction soap that would appeal to fans of Beatriz William's and Fiona Davis.

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Clark and Division | Naomi Hirahara
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A sad part of Japanese American history. One year before the end of World War 2, Aki Ito and her family are sent from Manzinar and forced to relocate in Chicago. After her older sister, Rose, is killed in a subway accident near Clark and Division Street, Aki suspects foul play as she investigates racism, prejudice, and corruption in this historical mystery.

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Girl, wha? Not up to your Alphabet Mafia and slang? Then read Queen's English to keep you updated on all the tea and shade. So don't be pressed you don't know the latest pride sayings, this compilation of new terms will keep you slaying down the runway. Now sissy that walk.😉

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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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A socialite and housewife, Mrs. March suspects that her author husband is involved in some foul play. However, she begins to question her own sanity as she sees ghastly apparitions and terrifying visions which makes her an unreliable narrator in this psychological mystery thriller that will keep you guessing by the end.

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Apeirogon: A Novel | Colum McCann
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The title alone describes the complicated multiple sides of a polygon shape as in life as a personification of the Israeli-Palenstine war which is very current today. At the forefront of this novel is the real life Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanam, two fathers from opposite sides who lost their children in the conflict but find common ground and a friendship to find a peaceful resolution. Told with prose, this is a beautiful literary read.

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Spin Me Right Round | David Valdes
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An upcoming funny, witty LGBT+ YA coming of age with a social theme. Progressive Luis attends a liberal academy along the outskirts of a conservative town. When a controversy arises concerning him attending prom with his boyfriend, he bumps his head and lands in the 80's where he must solve a mystery
concerning an alleged gay student while changing things for the future. Time travel and activism makes this one to watch.

katy4peas Oh, that sounds like great fun! 4mo
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A tragic commentary of the destruction of Tibetan culture by the Chinese government and Western influences. Author Demick focuses on a small Tibetan village and the annihilation of their culture as told by the people facing the demise of their religion and traditions leading to turmoil and extreme protests. An eye opening look into a secretive world.

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Former drug dealer and convict, Danny Trejo turned from inmate to Hollywood actor and businessman (Trejo's Tacos) in this openly raw and honest memoir. A true Hollywood rags to riches story.

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Got an ARC of this anticipated sequel! Once again Aristotle and Dante navigate their relationship as a new gay couple as they deal with homophobia, cultural machismo, and the looming presence of AIDS/HIV in their border town. "Love took you out of exile and carried you to a country called Belonging."

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Romance writer Finlay Donovan is mistaken for a hitwoman and comedic crime capers ensue.

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Luck of the Titanic | Stacey Lee
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A cultural historical fiction. Valora Luck and her twin brother stowaway aboard the ill-fated ship for a better life in New York but tragedy awaits the unsuspecting siblings in this young adult novel inspired by real life events.

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Falling | T J Newman
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Hijackers abduct and ransom a pilot's family with sole intention of him crashing a passenger plane in this action packed thriller. A page turner from the beginning to end.

Alfoster This one looks really good! 5mo
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Similar to Riley Sager's Final Girls, Grady Hendrix explores the horror trope even further with each surviving 'final girl' going to group therapy and dealing with their trauma. Filled with pop cultural references and inside jokes, this horror satire makes a 'killing' to the homage of the serial killer slasher films.

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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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An alternative historical fiction with an LGBTAIQ twist. Monk Zhu disguises herself as a male soldier and fights enemies of China and she rises to power during the Ming Dynasty in this Mulan meets Son Achilles lyrical novel.

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Interesting take of Shakespeare history. What if the bard had a family during the1500's London and struggled with regular issues while trying to write and bring his work to life. Add in a young son named Hamnet who would later inspire Hamlet and you have a rich story of a period piece.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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A cultural, delicious mystery. After a bad break up, Lila's ex-boyfriend, a local food critic, dies while reviewing her family's Filipino restaurant. Suspicion falls on her and she must search for the true killer and motive in this mouthwatering whodunnit that brings culture, identity, tradition, family, and awesome chicken adobo.

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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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A cultural black comedy with a cultural twist. When Meddelin Chan accidentally kills her blind date, her Indonesian-Chinese aunties shiw up to save the day and hide the body. Throw in a family curse that affects the men, a high end wedding, a rom com, a mystery and crazy shenanigans and you have a nutty Asian sitcom!

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Rememberings | Sinad O'Connor
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Interesting memoir as told by herself. However, it is a scattering of her memories that never get to the root of Sinead O'Connor herself. She does reveal though her troubled childhood, poltical activism, her toxic relationships, her take on religion, and the SNL scandal that brought down her career. This coming from a tortured artist that has difficulty defining her message and her art.

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Set in an aternative history of the American West, Chinese immigrant and former railroad worker Ming Tsu becomes a top mercenary for a local crime boss. When his wife is kidnapped, Ming enacts bloody vengence to rescue while being aided by a mystical circus troupe in this spaghetti western meets kung-fu adventure that will appeal to Tarantino fans of Kill Bill and Django Unchained.

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A examination of the human experience. J R Jamison escaped his conservative, rural town to live his truth with his husband in a more liberal, progressive city. When his father, a staunch Trump supporter, asks him to accompany him on a road trip to his Minnesota high school reunion, it becomes an understanding of opposing viewpoints pre-2016 election. This not a book with a happy outcome but a discussion of opinions and beliefs.

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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From author of Red, White & Royal comes her next rom com queer romance. Cynnical August does not believe in love. Then she meets the enigmatic Jane, a woman stuck in a 70's time loop on a NYC subway. Can August help her break the curse without fall in love?

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Later | Stephen King
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Homage to classic Stephen King in this horror crime noir. Jamie Conklin was born with the medium ability to see the dead. When a corrupt individual tries to exploit his abilities, he awakens something sinister. A fun ride for Stephen King fans.

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Gay Uncle Patrick, or the Guncle, is a former sitcom star turned relunctant guardian of his precocious niece and nephew after a family tragedy hits. Discovering their closeness as a family, Patrick experiences life, love, and healing of grief and loss in this heartfelt gay version of Mame.

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Biracial Hispanic columnist shares his insight into relationships, sex and gay dating in this hilarious part self-help part memoir of growing up in the heartland.

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YA author John Green takes the best essays and stories of his podcast abd shares them here in this nonfiction book concerning the human experience.

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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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Justina Ireland makes her middle reader debut focusing on a young African American girl in the south who has the gift of being a medium in 1922. Due to the Jim Crow laws, Ophie and her mother are forced to flee to Pittsburgh where she ends up working as a house maid for a rich white family. Discovering the mansion is haunted, Ophie must assist the ghosts in solving a mystery in this spooky piece of historical fiction.

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First, Become Ashes | K M Szpara
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Really diappointed in this especially when I enjoyed a guilty pleasure read of his previous work, Docile. A queer based story of a cult manipulating its followers into believing and living in a fantasy world and the FBI who take down the group. Lots of confusion, convoluted voices and exploitation of abuse, torture and #metoo moments that make you go 'huh'? Definitely skip this one!

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A follow-up to Blacktop Wasteland, the novel looks at two ex-con fathers who seek justice for their sons, a gay couple murdered in the south. As the two find some common ground, they experience political corruption, racism, homophobia, and socio-economic beaucracy in gritty, violent crime noir that will appeal to fans of Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy.

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Coulson Whitehead's upcoming Harlem Shuffle has the amazing rich history of Harlem during the 50's and 60's. At the heart is an honest salesman trying to make it and support his family as a black man in pre-Civil Rights America. However, the protagonist's criminal past leads him down a dark path that only sinks him down further. The novel presents themes of racism and social issues but gets too bogged down in too many subplots. Okay read.

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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A thorough YA of native culture. 18 year old Daunis, a biracial young woman whose father was a well known Native American hockey player, tries to find her own identity and heritage in a small town. After witnessing a murder, she is targeted by local drug dealers while trying to reconcile with the trauma and violence of its citizens in this mixture of folklore and sociology teen fiction.

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Plenty of potential of a displaced family trying to find themselves after a disaster follows them. The Vietnamese War has forced a mother and her two sons to routed to New Orleans as they find themselves as refugees, outsiders, individuals, and the adults they are meant to be. Sadly, the connection with Hurricane Katrina does little in tying it all together making it an okay story.

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A last ditch effort to sow her wild oats causes a bride to be to have a one night stand with a stranger. Little does she know her lover would be her stalker in the fun, psychological thriller.