Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

            Magpie Murders flips the classic “whodunit” on its head.  It opens with editor Susan Ryeland, who has just been given the manuscript for the latest Atticus Pund novel, written by Alan Conway.  The reader gets to read Atticus Pund’s new novel along with Ryeland, only to discover that the […]

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So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know by Retta

In this autobiographical collection of essays, Retta (perhaps best known as Parks and Recreations’ Donna “Treat Yo Self” Meagle) regales readers with tales from her childhood, her college years, missed opportunities (like not showing up to audition for the Dreamgirls movie), doing stand-up college tours,  and of course behind the scenes shenanigans from Parks and […]

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“Annihilation” by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation is a novel that brings together many aspects to create something you have never read before.  It’s atmospheric, creepy, and wistful.  It’s a horror story about an impending apocalypse; it’s a story of growth about a woman who is grieving and reflecting on her life at the same time; it’s a meditation on human […]

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“The girls in the picture” by Melanie Benjamin

The girls portrayed in Melanie Benjamin’s latest historical fiction are Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, both pioneers in the movie industry.  Mary Pickford, with her golden curls, was the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress of her time, and earned the title “America’s Sweetheart”.  Frances Marion became one of the first screenwriter at a […]

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Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Between her mom’s expectations that she will join the Air Force and her dad and stepmom expecting her to get a law degree, Elliot is exhausted and ready to lie to both about her summer plans.  Instead of helping out at her stepmom’s theater and seeing “The Importance of Being Earnest” for the 5 millionth […]

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