Guest Post: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi from The Help Desk

This is Paul Kalanithi’s life story. He relates how he got into neuroscience, his exhausting and life consuming training, his illness, and his eventual transition out of this world into the next. Photo from npr.org At first, Paul didn’t even want to become a surgeon because his own father was one and he saw how […] … Continue reading Guest Post: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi from The Help Desk

Guest Post: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman from The Help Desk Book Blog

Check out this review from one of our own O'Fallon librarian's blogs! This is the second book in the Seraphina series. Seraphina is a half dragon/half human musician who, in the last book, was trying to hide her identity from those around her because, in this world where dragons are real, her existence was considered … Continue reading Guest Post: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman from The Help Desk Book Blog

This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

Check out this excellent review of This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell from A Little Blog of Books

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This Must Be The Place Maggie O'Farrell‘This Must Be The Place’ by Maggie O’Farrell tells the story of Daniel Sullivan, an American linguistics professor living in a remote farmhouse in Donegal with his reclusive ex-film star wife Claudette, their two children and Claudette’s son from a previous relationship. When Daniel learns that an ex-girlfriend died shortly after they split up in the 1980s, he sets out to discover what happened to her all those years ago, even if it risks destroying his struggling marriage.

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Guest Post: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar — A Bookish Type

Check out this great review of The Bookman from A Bookish Type Blog!   Lavie Tidhar’s The Bookman introduces us to a bold alternate world flavored by Western literature. I lost count of all the literary references in this tale about an orphan (called Orphan, for clarity) who suddenly becomes very interesting to the government … Continue reading Guest Post: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar — A Bookish Type

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

Check out this excellent review of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos from About a Book Blog!

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IMG_2596“…tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.”

Inspired by female Dutch painters of the Golden Age, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is composed of stories from three different time periods, which center around a painting created by the fictional Sara de Vos. In the author notes, Dominic Smith explains that he used “biographical details from several women’s lives of the Dutch Golden Age” in creating the character of Sara de Vos, and her story and the time period are brought to life through beautiful and expressive detail.

As mentioned, the book moves back and forth between three different time periods chapter by chapter. The first one being Amsterdam in 1631 when Sara de Vos becomes the first female…

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