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Jessica McCann

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Reading and writing historical fiction is my passion, though I'm also drawn to memoirs, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, literary classics -- anything with a compelling story. I only review books I enjoyed reading, hence the abundance of 4- and 5-star ratings!

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Nonfiction Book for a Nervous Planet

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig is a fabulous read for anyone feeling unsettled, stressed out or anxious. In other words, pretty much everyone. It’s a small book packed with wisdom in bite-sized pieces – some sections are a few pages, others are a few paragraphs, or a poem, or a short list of things like “5 reasons to be happy you are human and not a sentient robot.”

Haig experiences anxiety

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Average rating: 4.21 · 1,423 ratings · 248 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
All Different Kinds of Free

4.19 avg rating — 1,340 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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Peculiar Savage Beauty

4.56 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 2018 — 5 editions
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4.69 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2020 — 4 editions
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This Is Your Brain on Food by Uma Naidoo
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No Rules by Sharon Dukett
"Written with radical candor and the power of hindsight, the pages of NO RULES are explosive and colorful. Between the covers of this book, author Sharon Dukett shares a brutally honest look at real-life survival as a runaway teen and the roles that s" Read more of this review »
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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
"Oh, my… this novel! The atmospheric setting, the writing, the characterization, the story… I was swept away and transported from the first lovely sentences:

Last night Maren dreamt a whale beached itself on the rocks outside her house.

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At the center of this novel is Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and the race in the early decades of the 1900s to either prove or discredit it. Photographing a solar eclipse from Russia in 1914 would have advanced the theory. In real life, war ...more
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On the Shoulders of Giants by Malcolm Ivey
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This isn't my typical genre. I came upon this book by chance, and I'm glad I did. It contains two distinct, equally-heartrending stories. It recounts the coming-of-age of two young men: Izzy, a white man who bounced around the foster-care system thro ...more
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The Speed of Life by Anne Pete
"Tough subject matter treated respectfully and hopefully. I loved ALL the characters. They each brought an important perspective to the issues being raised in the story.
Peculiar Savage Beauty by Jessica McCann
" Melissa wrote: "What an honor to be shortlisted for an international award - and to be compared to Steinbeck! I read this and LOVED it; have enjoyed b ...more "
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“A book is like the best friend you can imagine. Once you read a book, it stays with you forever.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

“I had no vote in the making of such a law, and I have no intention of abiding by it, either.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

“But our tiny home is so much more than its four ramshackle walls and lopsided roof would have you believe. Inside, it’s big, full of love. It’s a hospital where my babies can be born. It’s a schoolhouse where my children can learn. It’s a mansion where my husband and I can enjoy the riches of our life together.”
Jessica McCann, All Different Kinds of Free

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