What I’ve Been Reading: Dec. 2017/Jan. 2018

A sociological study by a comedian, a meh memoir-meets-self-help book (but the author has a great blog), and a fictional midlife crisis.

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Book Review: The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham

Goodreads Description Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region's …

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Always Until Now: Thoughts on My First Christmas Away From My Family

It's the day after Christmas.  This was the first Christmas I've ever spent with my husband, and the first I've ever not spent with my parents and siblings.  It was weird and nice all at the same time. I missed my own family more than I expected to.  I'm comfortable in routines, and Christopher and I have …

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What I’ve Been Reading: November 2017

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt 1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best …

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What I’ve Been Reading: October 2017

My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh "It was the summer everything changed...."  My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson--free spirit, track star, and belle of the block--experiences …

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