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Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

Arthur Bradford’s Turtleface and Beyond is one of my favorite collections of short stories, mostly because of the consistent narrative voice in our narrator, Georgie. Bradford creates for a bizarre, but believable cast of characters and the even more bizarre situations they find themselves. Most of the narrators tell their stories in such sincere ways that they… Continue reading Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston’s book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts proves just how creative the nonfiction genre can be. She weaves family stories told to her by her mother into her own experiences as a girl growing up in a Chinese-American household. Kingston pushes the boundaries of memoire by describing how she thinks… Continue reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

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Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

For the month of November, the library is featuring books about pets and animal companions so I thought it fitting to write about one of my favorite human-animal relationship stories, Eva Hornung’s Dog Boy. During the 20th century in Moscow, four year-old Romochka is abandoned by neglectful parents and must figure out how to survive.… Continue reading Dog Boy by Eva Hornung

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

This coming week our library celebrates Banned Books Week so this week’s Five Star Friday recommendation is The Awakening by Kate Chopin since it not only is a revolutionary feminist tale, but has been frequently banned and challenged throughout history. At the time of The Awakening’s publication in 1899, when the Women’s Suffrage Movement was in full swing,… Continue reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Amy Tan is releasing a new book this October titled, Where the Past Begins, so why not read or revisit one of her most famous works, The Joy Luck Club? It’s a book you won’t want to put down. Discovering the mystery of the club and its founders is not only thrilling, but will leave you entertained and rewarded. Publisher’s… Continue reading The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan