“The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

For fans of Hidden Figures!  In this fascinating alternate history novel, a meteorite hits the United States in 1952, causing massive destruction and ensuring that Earth will eventually become uninhabitable.  Elma York, a WWII pilot and a mathematical genius, barely escapes with her life and her husband.  The world quickly realizes that if humans are to […]

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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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