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GerardtheBookworm

GerardtheBookworm

Joined April 2017

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Bartender's Cure | Wesley Straton
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A palatable imbibing of amazing cocktails shaken with spice of the human experience as protagonist Sam takes a break from law school to become an NYC bartender. As she figures out her next step, she becomes a friend, confidant and therapist for her coworkers and regular patrons.

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An interesting perspective at looking at wonderment via science, psychology, and spirituality.

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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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Though flawed for its overwriting and drawn out plotlines, this was well done for a novel of fantasy and magical realism. A pair of estranged artistic siblings inherit their legacy as descendants of the mythical Baba Yaga as they come to terms with their Russian/Slavic Jewish heritage. Beautifully presented in this amazing prose and verse, this is a story about stories, folklore, and culture.

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The Boys | Katie Hafner
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Disappointed in this one. This empathetic novel of an introvert trying to heal his marriage while fostering two siblings should've focused solely on the journey to healing. However, the character development is lacking and there's no direction to which the story is going. Can't recommend.

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Bluebird | Ciel Pierlot
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An intergalactic conflict between a train of factions brings a Sapphic gunslinger trying to rescue her kidnapped sister and a rebel warrior with a secret together as they dodge enemies and villains wanting them dead. It's non-stop action aboard their ship Bluebird as they make their way across the cosmos in this sci-fi western adventure.

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Out of the Blue | Jason June
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A merman is sent on a magical mission to assist a brokenhearted queer teen and agrees to be the gay boy's 'fake boyfriend' until both start to catch feelings in this rom-com YA.

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1800's. Upon learning of her father's disappearance off the waters of Australia, a pearl scavengers daughter travels from England to the lawless colony to search for him. There she is confronted by the hostile locals and uncovers a conspiracy involving his disappearance.

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A Little Bit Country | Brian D. Kennedy
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Set against a theme parked owned by country icon Wanda Jean Stubbs, aspiring gay country singer Emmett falls for the closeted Luke as the pair navigate through their feelings and learn family secrets in this LGBTAQ+ young adult novel.

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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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A fantastical feminist metaphor of 1950's housewives breaking free of their patriarchal oppression by turning into dragons. Told as a coming of age story of the protagonist Alex who observes the females closest to her transforming. In addition, the McCarthy witchhunt and politics of the time come into play in this literary read.

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Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
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1970's, a logging family in Northern California struggles as the industry and big business changes the landscape. In addition, environmental factors and legal wrangling force the main characters to reconsider their way of life and an uncertain future in this literary fiction perfect for Book Clubs.

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An endearing middle grade graphic novel of a refugee reptilian disguising himself as a human boy in middle school. Feeling like an outcast and struggling to make friends, he finds a connection and a rapport with a Vietnamese immigrant and a rebel girl while trying to accept himself in the process.

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Anna Hibiscus | Atinuke
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A sweet and endearing chapter book series of a biracial Nigerian girl who exhibits kindness, empathy, family, and life lessons in each story.

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The follow-up to Just a Geek, former child actor Will Wheaton from Star Trek: The Next Generation continues his journey into adulthood by sharing current and former blog posts, his experiences in the industry, his life now as a family man and all things nerdy and geeky. Included are anecdotes and his love for gaming and being a pop culture icon.

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Call me a Cumberbeeyotch and I'm ready for my Benediction! Okay, in all seriousness. These series of essays of fangirling actor Benedict Cumberbitch is really about the author's appreciation for a celebrity and finding a sense of fulfillment and purpose for something that bring Joy's to anyone's mundane life. Quirky, funny, and endearing, this was a great relief to reading something enjoyable instead of the heavies I've read lately.

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A coming of age memoir by writer and activist, Taylor Brorby. Growing up as a closeted gay kid in the Midwest in North Dakota was especially difficult as he had to deal with his conservative, traditional parents, the hyper-masculinity of the American West mentality and discovering his truth along the way in this beautifully written autobiography.

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Author Ann Hood pens a memoir of her days as a flight attendant in the 70's. Though she includes some interesting tidbits of the behind the scenes of being stewardess, it's not enough to keep readers engaged.

KristiAhlers That‘s too bad. Because as a flight attendant I had a blast. All the people I met and the places we went. Some flights went really smooth others were nightmares. Takes skill to take something like that and make it boring. Sorry it wasn‘t a good read. 2mo
GerardtheBookworm You might enjoy it. I didn't. I found it rather dull. I did love Julia Cooke's Come Fly the World about Pan Am. Again, everyone should read what interests them. 2mo
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Nice atmospheric writing but not much story. The enigmatic Carribean island of Mustique attracts the wealthy, royals, and celebrities needing a holiday from us ordinary folk. A rich American socialite vacations there her two adult daughters hoping to reconnect while Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger make an appearance. Book was a bit meh.

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Groupies | Sarah Priscus
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1977. After the death of her mother, photographer Faun goes to live with best friend in Los Angeles and ends up following a famous rock band and a lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in this fictional musical novel that is Daisy Jones & the Six mixed with How to Be Build a Girl.

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A dark comedy that puts a little Carl Hiaasen in the mix. A viral mishap puts Jamie serving community service at a Floridian monkey sanctuary run by a group of eccentric women. Things go south when Jamie discovers secrets about the place that goes awry. Ironically, Tiger King Joe Exotic blurbed this so you're in for a wild ride!

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A true crime story of xenophobia and racism. 1980's in a coastal Texas town saw animosity and resentment between the white residents and Vietnamese refugees of the area and the much coveted shrimping industry. When a dispute between a Viet and white fishermen turns deadly, it causes the local KKK to terrorize the Vietnamese community leading to the FBI and the courts to get involved. The book examines the companies that contributed to the conflict

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Husband Material | Alexis Hall
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Huge fan of Boyfriend Material. In this sequel, we see Lucien and Oliver going strong for two years while their friend group moves on to marriage and families. As the couple evaluate their commitment to one another to decide the meaning of 'marriage', both still must deal with their lives, careers, and daddy issues before figure out if the either want to become 'husbands.'

CarolynM I'm green with envy! So looking forward to reading this! 2mo
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Live, Laugh, Kidnap | Gabby Noone
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This was a fun crime caper. Three teens financially struggling in their small Montana town hold the town rich boy for ransom leading to comedic situations in this young adult novel.

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I'm a big fan of this author and his art work. In Brom's latest, a Puritan widow is abused by her village leading her to vengeance with the aid of dark pagan deities that personifies the devil himself. Slight feminist overtones mixed with the Salem witch trials makes this a fun, page turner

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Big Girl | Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
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A quirky but honest fiction of a plus sized girl growing up in Harlem. Told through a zoftig character named Maylala as she comprehends her family, friends, and weight issues, she learns to love herself as a black woman and 'big girl' in today's society in this coming of age novel.

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Frida. Ediz. a colori | Benjamin Lacombe, Sbastien Perez
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I can't tell how gorgeous this adult picture book is. Using Sebastien Perez's prose and combined with Benjamin Lacombe's illustration that is a tribute to artist Frida Kahlo is just scrumptious!

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ATF agent Ken Croke pens a true crime memoir of his taking down the violent drug dealing bikers known as The Pagans. Infiltrating their inner circle, Croke reveals a real life Sons of Anarchy that is filled with substance abuse, violence, and insanity that it is too crazy to be real.

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Good beginning with strong prose incorporating themes of culture, traditions, family, immigration, and social issues focusing on several characters who are of Mexican or Filipino American descent in a small Texas town. However the second half deteriorates with each personal connection and slowly gets bogged down with ambition.

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The Shadow Glass | Josh Winning
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An homage to film's like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. A failed cult director leaves a legacy to his son which turns out to be a puppet themed fantasy movie where the two worlds of fantasy and reality collide. Now it's up to him to prevent these characters from entering our world in this magical adventure that pays tribute to 80's pop culture.

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Kiss & Tell | Adib Khorram
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Popular boy band member Hunter of the group Kiss & Tell has his life splashed out on tabloids, social media, and the public eye. As the only queer member of the group, his love life is a mess especially after a recent break up and a new potential relationship. What is a celebrity singer to do? Find himself through his whole process, of course, in this newly released LGBT+ YA.

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Kaijus, Godzillas, and King Kongs! Oh my! This is pure fun. A secret organization houses titanic monsters from another dimension while a nefarious group wants to exploit them in this page turning sci-fi novel!

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We Eat Our Own | Kea Wilson
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A suspenseful, fictional account of the behind the scenes operations behind the 70's notorious horror film, Cannibal Holocaust. An unknown actor signs on to the film but quickly realizes things are going off the rails as the power-hungry director, the indigenous tribes, and unsavory characters are bringing some real life horror to the production. Based on a real-life court case and scandal, the film was banned in many countries.

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While preparing for her Quincenera, Princess Solimar finds her kingdom under attack leading her on a fantastical journey to save it in this magical story of Latin culture that encompasses family and traditions

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This is such a sweet children's fantasy. A beloved, kindly ogress is accused of a crime when a child goes missing in a small village, leading to a group of orphans to clear her name. From Newberry award winner Kelly Barnhill comes this Howl's Moving Castle-esque type of storytelling.

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Post Apocalypse where a pandemic has killed off the majority of the population, two teen boys must struggle with survival, face the remnants of a corrupt humanity, while fighting their feelings for one another in this queer based YA.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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This pure, guilty pleasure fun! An up and coming country singer navigates through the music biz and deals with unsavory characters and a secret. It's not Shakespeare but I'm a Dolly fan and no one should take it seriously. Think of it as a homage to trashy novels like Jackie Collins, Judith Krantz or Danielle Steele. It's a complete soap opera!

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Shards of Earth | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Fifty years ago an intergalactic war with hostile alien entities has left a former soldier with physical and emotional wounds. Now leading a ragtag team of fugitives across the cosmos, he gets involved with planetary cultures, galactic politics, and old enemies in this epic sci-fi space opera

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Smithy | Amanda Desiree
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An epistolary horror novel of a failed 70's experiment involving teaching a chimp named Smithy ASL at a gothic estate. Things turn south when supernatural forces are at play. A unique spooky story that is a slow burn but builds as it takes off

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History bio and true crime meet in this book exploring philanthropist and socialite Jane Stanford. One half of being the founder of Stanford University and being an early feminist, Jane made many enemies during the Gilded Age (the majority being men) and her mysterious death further looks into the possible suspects.

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I have no shame and I read this! Anyhoo, human women are abducted by evil aliens, crash land on an ice planet inhabited by blue-skinned, hunky aliens and a fun adventure is had by all! It's Clan of the Cave Bear in Space in this guilty pleasure, steamy romance.

DinoMom This series is fun. I am on the 7th in the series. I started reading as my book club was joking about it but I am invested now. So far I am still enjoying them so will continue the series until is don‘t! 4mo
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Fifteen years ago, Jakob was abducted by aliens and trained as an intergalactic soldier. Now returned to Earth, he attempts to reconcile with his family while eluding the government and exterrestrial enemies in this sci-fi novel that combines speculative fiction with heart, family, and healing.

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Manhunt | Gretchen Felker-Martin
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A virus has turned testosterone cis-males into feral, cannibal monsters in this dystopian future. Three trans characters must journey through this hellhole in order to collect organs to survive while battling extremists feminists gangs, corrupt groups and zombie-like monsters in this splattergore, Mad Max landscape horror.

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Mexican American Yami has one primary objective: play it straight. This comes after she outted at her last school. Now attending a new Catholic academy, she is going ensure to help her struggling single mom, be a good influence on her little brother and not fall for rebel girl of her school. Can she do it? Find out in this LGBTAQ+ Latinx YA.

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The Rising Tide | Sam Lloyd
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A suspense thriller affects a woman who discovers her husband and children have gone missing on their boat at sea just as a storm is brewing. Assisting on a expedition to find them, she learns of some secrets her husband was hiding as well as her picture perfect world being ripped apart.

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American Royalty | Tracey Livesay
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This was fun! Think Meghan Markle and Prince Harry if Meghan was a Grammy female sexualized rapper and Harry an uptight academic nice guy. Hip hop meets royalty as recording artist The Duchess meets Prince Jameson and a scandal unfolds in this steamy rom-com.

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Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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A financially destitute young woman moves into her brother's French loft only to find him missing and the rest of the tenants acting strange. Could they be responsible for his disappearance as she uncovers secrets and a crime occurring in the outskirts of Paris? Another whodunnit with a cast of suspects similar to her previous mystery The Guest List.

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Deafblind Arlo attends a disability institute but remains sheltered due to his conservative, religious upbringing. When he falls for a classmate and loses her, he asks for assistance from his gay interpreter and Belgian caregiver to go on an adventure to find her in this novel of self-discovery and freedom.

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She Gets the Girl | Rachael Lippincott, Alyson Derrick
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Alex is non-committal flirt who can't keep a girl. Molly is an introverted brainiac who harbors a crush on another girl she can't talk to. Together they will play wingman...er wingwoman for the objects of their affections before a mutual attraction builds between them in this LGBT rom-com YA.

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Examining the color spectrum via history, science, psychology, religions, and cultures, each hue is explored via their metaphors and symbolisms within various groups. An informative, nonfiction read that looks at interpretations from various groups and its impact on societies.

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Playing with Myself | Randy Rainbow
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YouTube Creator and influencer Randy Rainbow releases his short memoir of being a Broadway musical loving gay kid to skewering and satirizing celebs and politicians in this mind candy book!

Nutmegnc No way! Love him!! Saw him in person in the before times! 😍😍😍 4mo
Smrloomis I have no idea who this is - zero - but your review makes me want to read it!!! 😍😍😍 2mo
GerardtheBookworm Check out his videos on YouTube where he satirizes politicians and celebrities. 2mo
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The Fort | Gordon Korman
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After a natural disaster, a group of friends discover an underground bomb shelter that includes amenities which becomes their 'fort' and safe haven. This is especially useful for one boy who is trying to escape an abusive household in this coming of age middle reader filled with social themes.