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Pachinko: a stunning depiction of immigration, family, and sacrifice

Ava Montalbano, Contributor May 14, 2022

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee is a beautifully written novel about four generations of a Korean family living in Japan. Lee is a fantastic storyteller whose characters capture the complexity of immigration,...

The Best We Could Do and breaking the cycle of trauma

The Best We Could Do and breaking the cycle of trauma

Isabelle Curtis December 7, 2020

Cartoonist Thi Bui’s debut graphic novel, and winner of the American Book Award in 2018, The Best We Could Do (2017) provides an intimate look into her family’s journey escaping war-torn Vietnam...

When We Were Magic: A Spellbinding Book of Friendship and Murder

When We Were Magic: A Spellbinding Book of Friendship and Murder

Cassie Hollasch November 10, 2020

Prom night: often billed as one of the most magical nights of high school, in reality, it can be a time teen drama, or simply fall flat. Or in the case of Alexis, it can result in accidentally killing...

“Incognegro” - a vivid and immersive read

“Incognegro” – a vivid and immersive read

Hannah Donahue October 20, 2020

In his graphic novel, “Incognegro” (2008) author and University of Oregon professor Mat Johnson shines a light on the history of race relations in the United States and questions the foundations...

Mad about books: ‘The Whisper Network’ by Chandler Baker

Hannah Donahue September 26, 2019

“The Whisper Network” by Chandler Baker is part of Reese Witherspoon's book club and it did not disappoint. It kind of reads like “Big Little Lies,” but instead of Australia, it was...

Mad about books: Which Brings me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott

Mad about books: ‘Which Brings me to You’ by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott

Hannah Donahue September 19, 2019

“Which Brings Me to You” by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott shows how two people can connect in very strange ways and how sometimes we feel more comfortable with a stranger than...

Book Review: Me Before You transcends romance novel cliches

Book Review: ‘Me Before You’ transcends romance novel cliches

Hannah Donahue August 22, 2019

Romance novels have never been my thing.  My best friend, who is the complete opposite of me in some ways, hates romance novels.  So color me surprised when my anti-romance-novel best friend...

The Green Hope of The Great Gatsby

The Green Hope of ‘The Great Gatsby’

Hannah Donahue May 2, 2019

Time to talk about my favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first time I read it was in my high school honors English class during my junior year. Usually when...

Mad about books: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Mad about books: “Miracle Creek” by Angie Kim

Hannah Donahue May 2, 2019

“Miracle Creek” by Angie Kim follows the story of a mother put on trial for murdering her autistic son, a Korean immigrant family and a couple with severe marital problems. Defined as a “courtroom...

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Book Review: ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

Hannah Donahue April 25, 2019

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein tells the story of one dog’s life told from his own perspective. Enzo, a loveable golden retriever, begins his story...

Mad about books: World War Z by Max Brooks

Mad about books: ‘World War Z’ by Max Brooks

Hannah Donahue April 18, 2019

World War Z by Max Brooks is the oral history of a fictional “Zombie War.” I listened to the audiobook whenever I drove for more than an hour. This book was voiced by a full cast, including Mark Hamill...

Mad about books: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Mad about books: ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriarty

Hannah Donahue April 11, 2019

Liane Moriarty, the author of The New York Times bestseller “Big Little Lies,” came out with another page-turner that kept me guessing until the very end.   “Nine...

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