Book Review

Golden Son—Pierce Brown

Golden laurel wreath on a black background, golden son, pierce brownBack cover text: “‘I wipe the tears from my face, anger replaced by purpose. There must be another way. A better way. I have seen the cracks in their Society, and I know what I must do. And it has nothing to do with bombs and plots and revolution. What terrifies Gold is simple, cruel, and as old as mankind itself. Civil war.’

He seeks justice. To free his enslaved people, Darrow has infiltrated his world’s brutal ruling class—on a mission to destroy them. And though the only path to liberation is revolution, he must strive not for vengeance but for a hopeful rebirth.”

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Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale—Margaret Atwood

Handmaid in red walking along wall, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's TaleBack cover text: “Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Funny, unexpected, and horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.”

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Book Review

A Curtain of Green and Other Stories—Eudora Welty

weltyBack cover text: “A Curtain of Green, the first collection of Eudora Welty’s short stories to be published, won her immediate recognition as one of the most gifted of American writers. Among its seventeen titles are such famous stories as ‘Why I Live at the P.O.,’ ‘Powerhouse,’ ‘Petrified Man,’ and ‘Keela, the Outcast Indian Maiden.” Also included is Katherine Anne Porter’s historic introduction, which presented a relatively new writer to the American public in 1941. By now Miss Welty is a national treasure and this collection, a classic.”

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Book Review

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks—Rebecca Skloot

henrietta-lacks Back cover text: “Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.”

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Book Review

Spin—Robert Charles Wilson

SpinGoodreads synopsis (because I don’t have a physical copy): “One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.”

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Book Review

The Eyre Affair—Jasper Fforde

eyre-affairBack cover text: “Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë’s novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.”

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