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GerardtheBookworm

GerardtheBookworm

Joined April 2017

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A historical, literary fiction based on a bizarre medical anomaly. In 1726, in a rural town of England, a farmer's wife gives birth several times to dead rabbits. Baffling the medical community, this strange occurence attracts the attention of bystanders and doctors as the question the chance of a divine miracle or something sinister? Based on a true story.

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From the Bible to the Torah and the Quran, history has always shown all forms of scriptures as basis of shaping civilization and building societies. History of God author Karen Armstrong revisits religious history by exploring holy texts and its influence on the culture. From the various interpretations to the revisionist theories, her research has shown the unification of the practice and the conflicts that occur because of it.

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A fun, page turning read of Amaryllis Fox, a news correspondent and former CIA agent. From her international upbringing to her harrowing volunteer efforts in Burma, she was a the most qualified candidate to investigate terrorist activities by Al-Quaida. A great memoir told from a female voice

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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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The long awaited sequel to Call Me By Your Name, we find the star crossed lovers Elio and Oliver and where they are at twenty years later. Told in four parts with Elio's father, Elio and Oliver as the focused characters, we learn more about their stories. Though Andre Aciman's beautiful writing permeates this follow-up, the storytelling is stilted, disconnected, and droll at times. Even the long awaited union appears forced. Complete meh.

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Okay hunties, all the tea and shade is here from the true season 4 winner of RuPaul's Drag Race. Sure, she (he?) was disqualified...ahem, she was asked to leave but Willam came out of it as a true champion with endorsement deals, music, and more exposure than a gay pornstar. Here, he (she?) teaches readers how to not be a hot (non-PC) mess or to not suck less like making sure that your trick leaves his wallet on the dresser or beating your face.

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Foul Is Fair: A Novel | Hannah Capin
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A dark YA of rape and revenge that puts a spin on the #metoo movement. After a popular teen is violated by high school jocks at a party, she assumes a new identity in order to infiltrate their school and carry out her murderous vengeance. Reminiscent of Shakespeare's MacBeth, Cruel Intentions and Kill Bill all rolled into one.

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Maanaland | Pam Munoz Ryan
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The upcoming book by Esperanza Rising author Pam Munoz Ryan. A story concerning immigration, refugees, family, and compassion for middle readers. A metaphor that reflects our current political climate.

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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Okay, Leigh Bardugo is great with her YA's from Smoke and Bone, Six of Crows and even the Wonder Woman Warbringer book but her transition to adult mystery/fantasy falls flat. Ninth House is a simplified version of the secret society conspiracy theory trope. Think Harry Potter meets the Exorcist at Yale with the legendary Skull and Crossbones mythos. The writing still retains the YA flavor but with more sex and violence. It's more New Adult.

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Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
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A fun, sweet book about family and forgiveness. Two sisters each inherit the family farm after the death of their father with one getting the bulk of the estate. While one is ambitious and business savvy, the other chooses a low key lifestyle leading to a rift that remains for decades. As the more successful sibling gets into the brewery business, the other struggles with a baking hobby. It will take a close relative to mend fences.

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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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A male version of Eleanor Oliphant. Andrew is an introvert at work who has been lying about having a wife and kids to attain his position as a public health worker. Enter Peggy, a single mom, who gets him out of his shell and finally deal with his family issues. A sweet, romantic comedy with heart.

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A historical tearjerker. Set in late 50's Japan, seventeen year old Naoko falls in love with an American sailor but is forbidden to marry him due their xenophobic ideology. Sadly parting from him, Naoko finds herself pregnant and agrees to an arranged marriage. Cut to several decades later and the American's daughter Tori is searching for her father's lost love and discovers secrets that are highly restricted to traditions, honor and culture.

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A literary historical fiction based on writer and journalist Varian Fry and his liberation of dozens of avante garde artists from France during World War 2. The book is atmospheric in detailing the time and the immersion of bohemian folly. Really good.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Ooooh gurl! A contemporary version of Heathers meets Mean Girls snorted with a little Donna Tartt's A Secret History. What happens when a cynical realist meets a group of shallow, vapid writing colleagues (aka the Bunnies) and assimilate into their world at a graduate program. Hilarity, dark humor and a crime ensues! A farce and satire that flips the bird at any MFA college program. Careful Bunnies explode!

Theaelizabet Yikes! Great review! 3mo
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I can't tell you how beautiful this book is. Combining poetry with breathtaking prose, the novel is told through the narratives of Little Dog and his mother. Vietnamese refugees, both characters struggle with their own separate identities in regards to family, war trauma, PTSD, culture, love, and sexuality. Highly recommended.

Theaelizabet Can‘t wait to get to this! 3mo
melethils Reading now, enjoying it. 3mo
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Where is your sense of adventure?

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Have Pride Month display up in our window.

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Frankly in Love | David Yoon
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YA author Nicola Yoon's husband David makes his young adult debut in this story of culture and identity. Korean-American Frank-Li struggles trying to fit in as a American teen and pleasing his immigrant parents. From dealing with getting good grades, balancing a social life, and meeting parental expectations, he navigates his own journey into discovering himself.

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Saw this posted at local used bookstore. The owner sure has some balls. LOL.

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Lambslide | Ann Patchett
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Hosted author Ann Patchett and illustrator Robin Preiss-Glasser for their first collaboration on a picture book Lambslide.

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Stuck in a retirement home, Joel struggles with the same old daily rituals. Enter a new resident named Frank, a free spirit who teaches Frank to live again. A sweet, heartfelt story that will appeal to fans of A Man Called Ove and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

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The late Harper Lee wanted to write a nonfiction true crime novel concerning the 1970 murder case of Alabama preacher Rev. Willie Maxwell but it never came to fruition. Instead author Casey Cep retells her connection to the cold case that showcases greed, corruption, and violence very reminiscent of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Theaelizabet My copy should be here tomorrow. Glad to hear you liked it. 4mo
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A sweet, moving story involving Syrian refugees as told through the main character and his struggles trying to understand his place in a strange, new land. It then moves to his community of peers that help him adjust in this story of empathy, compassion and friendship.

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Live Oak, with Moss | Walt Whitman
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Hosted author and illustrator Brian Selznick for his Walt Whitman queer poetry collection Live Oak with Moss.

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Celebrating indie bookstores by supporting Independent Bookstore Day.

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Author Kirk Wallace Johmson does an event of his true crime novel.

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The Mister | E L James
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Well E L James is trying her hand in vanilla romance but sorry it's anther fanfic with another showcase of meh writing. This time it's Downton Abbey meets Pretty Woman with a English lord who falls for his illegal immigrant virginal maid who is escaping human traffickers and a violent arranged marriage. Somewhere there is serious social message but it's lost in bland storytelling.

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Past Crimes: A Van Shaw Mystery | Glen Erik Hamilton
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Mystery author Glen Erik Hamilton stopped by to do a book discussion on his book faves.

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Bunny Who Found Easter | Charlotte Zolotow
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The Easter Bunny went all out this year!

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When your inner brony farts glitter and cupcakes when you're asked to put on a unicorn display.

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Informative but a bit dry for my taste. Concentrates more on the power players,the behind the scenes politics of the incident, and doesn't focus too much on the aftermath of the civilians affected. Michael J. Christensen and Adi Roche's respective titles Children of Chernobyl provided more of that narrative.

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Horror, mystery, historical, crime novel. The book encompasses all this. Right before the start of World War II, a serial killer is on the loose in Europe with ties to six psychos locked up in an insane asylum in Czechoslovakia. Each claims they are possessed by the devil. Are they? Think Silence if the Lambs meets The Exorcist in this suspenseful novel.

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Are people born evil or is evil thrust upon them? Is it brain anomalies, nature, nurture, chemical imbalances that affect a convicted murderer or serial killer? Author Julia Shaw explores all this in the psychology and history of evil and deviance. Careful, some of it might be too close to home. Now excuse me while I wear my eyepatch, stroke my cat and plot global domination. Muhahaha!

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A kidnapping and murder of a single mother in Ireland. What is the connection? Author Patrick Radden Keefe ties it to the civil unrest of the IRA during the 60's and 70's and their political radicalism that swept the UK and eventually became a contributor to the Brexit movement today.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Based in the real life Dozier School for Boys, the fictional Nickel Academy is a hellish reform school where two teen black boys are sent for minor offenses. Set during the segragated period of Jim Crow, the pair endure abuse and torture by a corrupt legal system. Emotionally moving

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Sorry, I can't get behind someone who got butthurt by a Goodreads review and then stalked the reviewer. Then she proceeds to write a series of essays about it. If the shoe were on the other foot, she wouldn't want it done to her. Big pass on this one!

pdever Ha. A pre-emptive bail! No need to waste time or effort when there are so many other things to read! Right on. 7mo
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Amazon.com: Get Big Fast | Robert Spector
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When an author believes in their own hype...

Customer: Where's my book? I'm a bestselling author on Amazon!

Me: Again, who the f*@k are you?

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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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A beautiful historical fiction piece that follows Tennesee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo. Atmospheric and reflective of the times, the book covers the romance and tragedy through the connections of the characters

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Hark | Sam Lipsyte
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A satirical look on the self-help, mindful meditation movement. (Hear that, Deepak Chopra?) The protagonist Hark uses the simple idea of mental archery that takes on a life of it's own. Cult like with a smart marketing tool makes it a success. Very disjointed with characters and plot, it is either hit or miss. Personally, I found it okay.

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Adele | Lela Slimani
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A psychological study of a flawed character. From outward appearances, Adele has a flourishing career as a journalist, a successful marriage, and a happy son. However she feels empty inside and fills that void with extramarital affairs. An interesting look into sexual addiction and a damaged person's psyche.

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A Millennial memoir that captures the essence of Andre Aciman and the humor of Andrew Greer's Less. John Glynn and his group of college friends spend the summer in Montauk and learns more about himself and the person he wants to be in this LGBT memoir that is both haunting and atmospheric.

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Is it nature or nurture? Author Dani Shapiro explores this after discovering her father is not her biological parent. This begins a journey into her past.

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Carmela Full of Wishes | Matt de la Pea
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"Caldecott Honoree and Illustrator Christian Robinson stopped by one of our local schools, presented his work, and signed some books for the kids. Awesome guy. Awesome talent."

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As a real guy with curves, I related to Tommy Tomlinson's memoir of his struggles with being overweight, his health, and dealing with the issues of fat shaming in our society. Humorous, self-deprecating and moving, the former journalist gives readers an honest view of his world.

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Loosely based on the author's mother's story as a Romanian orphan during World War 2, extreme anti-Semitism invades the country leading to hundreds of Jews tortured and massacred. Four year Natalia is abandoned by her family and adopted by a wealthy Romanian family. As she grows into a beautiful, young woman, danger lurks as the country enters the Cold War as her true family ties come into question.

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Woman Inside | E G Scott
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A fun light mystery that will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. A philandering husband, a suspicious wife, and an obsessive mistress lead to a possible murder in this suspense thriller mystery.

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She Persisted Boxed Set | Chelsea Clinton
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We did it!

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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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A literary feast fo readers of lyrical prose. Combining Nigerian folklore and Greek mythology, especially The Iliad, the novel explores an everyman whose difficult circumstances are further complicated by the divine forces.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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"Tale as old as time...A curse so dark and lonely!"

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She Persisted Boxed Set | Chelsea Clinton
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"Sold out tickets for Chelsea Clinton event!"