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Book Review: Reflections from a Glass House

By: Carol Sveilich Reflections from a Glass House, A Memoir of Mid-Century Modern Mayhem is an intimate and detailed story of growing up in the Silicon Valley, in the 1960s. Sveilich shares her story in incredible detail, making her very easy to connect with. In many ways, this felt like sitting down with a friend, […]

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Book Review: Mighty Mary

By: Max Davine Mighty Mary is the story of an Indian elephant who was captured and transported to American to be trained as a performer. After disaster struck in Erwin, Tennessee, just after the turn of the century, her case would become one of the most famous surrounding animal cruelty. This story is the emotional […]

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Book Review: Black Hole Town

By: Henry Hinder Black Hole Town, a dark comedy novelette is the story of two friends, Scots, who decide to hit the road for the ultimate drug fueled roadtrip. An escape, if you will, from their every day lives of drugs, booze, gambling, and even women. Because everyone needs to get away from it all […]

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Book Review: The Girl Who Said Goodbye

By: Heather Allen The Girl Who Said Goodbye is the memoir of author, Heather Allen’s aunt, Siv Eng whose life was turned upside down by the violent take-over of the Khmer Rouge army, in Cambodia, in the 1970s. Siv Eng was studying pharmacology when she, her brother, sister-in-law, and aunt were rounded up and marched […]

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Book Review: Can’t Stop the Funk, A Cadillac Holland Mystery

By: H. Max Hiller Can’t Stop the Funk is book three of four in the Cadillac Holland Mystery series. This installment is set in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Someone is making offers to homeowners, seeking to buy up homes built by the Make it Right Foundation. But something about the offers […]

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Book Review: Floating in the Neversink

By: Andrea Simon In Floating in the Neversink, author Andrea Simon transports her readers to 1950s Brooklyn where we meet 9-year-old Amanda Gerber. Mandy, as she’s known to her friends and family, is faced with a summer away from her best friend, Francine as her family heads to her grandmother’s summer home in the Catskills. […]

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Book Review: A Place of Exodus

By: David Biespiel In A Place of Exodus, author David Biespiel shares the story of his experience growing up in a tightly knit Jewish community outside of Houston, Texas. But an argument with his rabbi causes him to move away from his idyllic childhood community. The book explores Biespiel’s journey as a self-proclaimed “retired” Jew […]

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Book Review: Red Winter

By: Kyra Kaptzan Robinov Nikolaevsk-on-Amur was a peaceful, frozen hamlet in Eastern Siberia, isolated from the rest of Russia and its political unrest. Until the winter of 1920, when Bolsheviks found their way into the town, arresting opposition party members, business owners, foreigners, and Jews. This idyllic village was suddenly turned into a war zone. […]

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Book Review: Uri Full of Light

By: Holly Sortland Uri Geller is a high school junior, trying to adapt to life in South Dakota when his father chose to take a job in the local hospital, transferring his family from their Modern Orthodox community in Pennsylvania. It’s a challenging transition for him but all of that changed when he met Hannah […]

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Book Review: A Tale of Two Shtetls

By: Elissa Allerhand Meir is a child protege, growing up in a Ukrainian shtetl who will one day succeed his uncle as the Rebbe. A great scholar from a young age, he is also gifted with empathy and a natural leadership. As evidence when he convinces his ailing father to take in an elegantly dressed […]

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