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Roar by Cecelia Ahern, Part 7

I’m slowly making my way through the short stories in this collection.

Published: 2018 in the UK, 2019 in the US

“The Woman Who Blew Away”

Length: 6 pages

Short summary: A woman only concerned with her image on social media becomes such an airhead she floats away

“The Woman Who Had a Strong Suit

Length: 10 pages

Short summary: A woman shows her perseverance looking for an outfit that makes her strong

“The Woman Who Spoke Woman

Length: 9 pages

Short summary: A woman disguises herself as a man to be part of the Cabinet in the government Continue reading

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New Kid by Jerry Craft

This graphic novel just won the Newbery Award for best children’s literature for 2020. It’s the first time a graphic novel has ever won the award. We’re always up for a good graphic novel, so of course I had to get it from the library.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 249 pages

Setting: a big city I assumed was NYC (or at least a NYC surrogate) and a private school within that city

Summary: Short version: The trials and tribulations of Jordan, a black kid, starting middle school at a predominantly white private school Continue reading

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I desperately needed a book at the airport. We were flying to New Orleans and I had left my Kindle at home accidentally. There was no way I was going to make it that long without a book. Off to the airport bookstore I went. I picked up this book because I had heard The Modern Mrs. Darcy talk about it. I needed to pick something I wouldn’t be disappointed in since it was all I would have for a few hours. Luckily, I made a good choice.

Published: 2017

Genre: fiction

Length: 390 pages

Setting: Glasgow, Scotland, in the last decade

Font: Sabon LT Std and Bulmer

Summary: Short version: Eleanor’s life improves when she becomes friends with Raymond Continue reading

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White Bird by R. J. Palacio

This is a graphic novel I saw at the library. I picked it up because it was a Wonder story, and we highly enjoyed reading Wonder.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 204 pages

Setting: except for a brief beginning and ending set in present day U.S., it’s set in late 1930s-mid 1940s France

Summary: Short version: The life of Rose, a Jewish girl, surviving Nazi-occupied France during WWII Continue reading

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Roar by Cecelia Ahern, Part 6

I’m slowly making my way through the short stories in this collection.

Published: 2018 in the UK, 2019 in the US

“The Woman Who Was a Featherbrain

Length: 10 pages

Setting: a doctor’s office

Short summary: A woman focuses too much of her attention on her family and not enough on herself

“The Woman Who Wore Her Heart on Her Sleeve”

Length: 7 pages

Setting: a generic city

Short summary: A medical condition lead to a woman being unable to hide her true feelings

“The Woman Who Wore Pink

Length: 19 pages

Setting: a generic city

Short summary: A woman’s daughter reminds her that people are more than their genitalia Continue reading

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I chose it for book club off the NPR book concierge. I looked for a book from 2018 that the library had multiple copies of.

Published: 2018

Genre: fiction

Length: 343 pages

Setting: 1969-2010, NYC, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and a few other places in the U.S.

Summary: Short version: Four siblings’ lives are affected when a fortune teller gives each their death date Continue reading

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I was looking for a scifi or fantasy book to read to the kids and saw this.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 323 pages

Setting: a near-future Louisiana

Summary: Short version: Nailer decides to save the swank girl he finds in a wrecked ship Continue reading

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