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[Book Review] The Writer’s Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives by Nancy Pearl & Jeff Schwager

By Nancy Pearl and Jeff Schwager The Writer’s Library is a collection of interviews with noteworthy and influential writers. Spanning a wide range of backgrounds, each author was asked what book(s) inspired you to take up the pen and join the literary world? Because before a writer becomes an author, they’re first a reader. As […]

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[Book Review] The Crate: A Story Of War, A Murder, And Justice by Deborah Vadas Levison

By Deborah Vadas Levison A grisly discovery under her family’s Toronto cottage suddenly brings back author, Deborah Vadas Levison’s parents’, long set-aside memories of the horrors of the Shoah. As renovations are being completed on her family’s idyllic get-away spot, a crate containing human remains is found under the cottage. Vadas Levison’s memoir explores trauma […]

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[Book Review] Meditations with the Hebrew Letters: A Guide for the Modern Seeker by Gilla Nissan

By Gilla Nissan In her book, Meditation with the Hebrew Letters, author and scholar, Gilla Nissan, examines the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, not as a means of communication or the language of the Torah, but as the building blocks of life. The book explores the letters as a means of meditation, within the […]

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[ARC Review] Forgiving Stephen Redmond by A.J. Sidransky

By A.J. Sidransky It’s a hot August day in New York when Detectives Tolya Kurchenko and Pete Gonzalvez are called to a Manhattan demolition site to investigate a strange discovery. Inside a wall on the third floor of a building, the construction crew has discovered a murder victim, fully dressed in a suit and hat. […]

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[Book Review] Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild by Adrienne Ross Scanlan

By Adrienne Ross Scanlan Tikkum Olam is a Hebrew phrase translated to ‘repair of the world’. Adrienne Ross Scanlan embodies this Jewish call to action when she moved across the country and immerses herself in repairing spawning habitat for salmon. In Turning Homeward, Ross weaves memoir with a discussion of environmental issues and Jewish thought […]

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[ARC Review] The Ferret by Tom Minder

By Tom Minder Louise Kimble is an elder in the LDS church and appointed foreman at a luxury estate development near Los Vegas. Kimble’s life is turned upside down when he uncovers a money-laundering scheme and he finds himself testifying against church leaders. For his protection, Kimble is relocated to southern New Jersey with a […]

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December 2020 Book Review Wrap Up

So many books, so little time! I am an avid reader and love to share recommendations with fellow readers. My choice in books tend to vary by my mood but some of my favorites are mystery, suspense, thriller, and humor. Get my reviews direct to your inbox every Wednesday and check back here for monthly […]

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[Book Review] The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross

By Max Gross Imagine, if you will, a village so remote that time has seemingly passed it by. In his book, The Lost Shtetl, Max Gross transports us to a village, home to an Orthodox Jewish community, in a remote part of Poland that has been untouched by history. That is until a young woman, […]

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[Book Review] The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

By Jodi Picoult Dawn Edelstein life changes in a moment when an announcement on her flight is made to brace for impact. She survives the crash, and after being checked out by medical staff, is offered a flight to wherever she’d like to go. Home to Boston is the obvious choice. But her last thoughts […]

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[ARC Review] Butch: A Psychological Thriller, the Debut Novella by R. D. Weber

By R. D. Weber When a violent abduction rocks the small town of Chadwick, Detective Joseph Hinkler finds himself pursuing the investigation of his career. Nothing like this has ever happened in the quiet hamlet. But as the details begin to unfold, Hinkler finds himself dealing with something far more sinister than he could have […]

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