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The Milk of Birds
Too often, in young adult novels the characters have it too easy: they are white most of the time. They rarely have to think about how their parents a ...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Two Boys Kissing
If I could give this book six stars, I would. So if you look hard at the five I've given the book, maybe your belief can create a sixth?

“Every time tw
Oct 23, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Graphic Novel: The Authorized Adaptation
It’s always thrilling to reread a favorite book, in this case, a graphic novel based on the novel, with the author’s consent. Instead of quoting the m ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
METAtropolis: Cascadia
This collection was published first on as interrelated short stories, set in the same near-future universe. I read it as a book. Of the fi ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
Thirty-one new and selected short stories by one of my favorite writers. Do I hear B.D. Wong when I reread “Breaking and Entering” because he read the ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Love Letters to the Dead
I really liked this! I liked the shape of how Laurel told her story. And I really liked the method Laurel had for telling us her story.

Laurel, a fres
Apr 30, 2014
May 02, 2014
The Graveyard Book
My review from 8/3/13:

I want to hug this book! Listening to it, read by Neil Gaiman, was an especial pleasure and I got to listen to it with my family
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party
Like Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson this is a first-person slave narrative historical novel, both are set in Northern cities during the Revolution, ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
The Hour I First Believed
This is the fifth novel I’ve read about Columbine and it’s the best. It’s about what happened on April 20, 1999 but even more it’s about how one goes ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 07, 2009
Shadow Tag
A beautifully written but heartbreaking novel about a very bad marriage.

Gil is a native and successful painter who obsessively paints portraits of hi
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
A Life Apart
At Pearl Harbor, when the Japanese attacked, white Morris Sullivan was rescued by a black sailor. The next time he gets leave, he visits the sailor’s ...more
Apr 20, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
Four stars or five? I really, really liked it, but I can't give every book 5 stars, can I? If you see five stars, I decided I can.

Also cool: this book
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Missing Reels
When I bought this book new and in hardback I did something unusual for me: I bought it after only reading the back and flyleaf and some pages inside. ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 12, 2015
The Map of True Places
Zee is a successful Boston psychologist, engaged to an appropriate man, but who she does not love. Her father, Finch, a Hawthorne scholar in Salem, MA ...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
The Telling (Hainish Cycle #8)
Sutty is an Indo-Canadian, raised partly in India, who is an Observer for the interstellar Ekumen. She has been sent to Aka, a world in a stranglehold ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Imaginary Girls
One hundred pages in, I came close to putting this novel aside. I’m glad I didn’t. I couldn’t grasp then what its genre was: contemporary, urban fanta ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
I like the protagonist Cameron, but I wish the book had been edited. There’s entirely too much detail! Do we need to know the name of every song she d ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
This is not a historical novel that’s an escape, nor is it ‘beach reading.’ It’s a debut novel of ideas and not drama, of character and community. It’ ...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
Tender Morsels
I read this book because Bitch Media (yes, that’s its name..) put it on a list of 100 feminist YA novels, then they took it off. (This, Sisters Red by ...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
One Was a Soldier (Rev. Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries, #7)
This novel is a mystery and a romance, but neither of those genres are with capital letters, in my opinion. It’s also about returning Iraq war vets in ...more
Dec 13, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
The Visionist
**spoiler alert** I liked this book very much for the look at my past- neighbors the Shakers, though this takes place in Tyrington, MA, not Watervliet ...more
Jan 02, 2015
Dec 25, 2014
I am Forbidden
Four generations of a Satmar Hasidic family from 1939 in Transylvania to 2012 in Williamsburg, NY in each and in some there are multiple members who b ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish
This novel, or is it a novella, or is it linked short stories? is told in rhymed couplets. I almost repeated that, so surprising and unusual it is, bu ...more
Nov 10, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
Kiwi and his sister Ava Bigtree have just lost their mother to cancer, their sister to mental illness (or is it fancy and fantasy?) and their father h ...more
May 29, 2013
May 25, 2013
The Light Between Oceans
This book is all about loss, grief and love. It’s 1926 on a teeny island 100 miles from the Australian southwest coast, Janus Rock, where there’s a li ...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
The Last Werewolf (The Last Werewolf, #1)
‘“It’s official,” Harley said. “They killed the Berliner two nights ago. You’re the last.” Then after a pause: “I’m sorry.”’ (3)

So begins this litera
Jul 03, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
Pancho’s older mildly retarded sister has just died, been murdered he believes. His father died a few months before, which I believe was no accident, ...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
The Tragedy Paper
When Duncan moves into his own room as a senior at the private Irving Academy on the Hudson River in Upstate New York, he receives from Tim Macbeth CD ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Where Things Come Back
Seventeen year old Cullen Witter tells us about what happens in Lily, AR, a sleepy southern town where nothing happens, the summer when things do happ ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up
“All Gender U” by Sandra McDonald is about Lin and the inclusive college she dreams of attending, since she was born a boy. “Only Lost Boys Are Found” ...more
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
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