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Crux by Jean Guerrero
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4.5 harrowing stars to Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

In Crux, Jean Guerrero, an investigative reporter, writes about her search for her father, Marco Antonio, a search in the figurative and literal senses, as she seeks understanding while also trying to pinpoint why he is on the run and where he is.

Marco is gifted at creating and engineering, all self-taught, and he meets Guerrero’s mother, when she is just out of medical school. Marco says he has special powers, that he is a shaman and can talk to animals, and it turns out, others in his lineage also had powers. However, Marco has difficulty with paranoia and thinks that the CIA wants to control his mind. He also uses drugs and alcohol to excess at times.

Guerrero, the reporter that she is, researches reasons for Marco’s behavior, other than possible schizophrenia. More than anything, she wants to understand her father. Traveling through Mexico, she interviews family and that is when she discovers that others in her father’s family background were mystics. Guerrero ends up taking some risks herself while on this journey, traveling through dangerous places and experimenting with those same things that tempt her father. She puts everything she has on the line, including her life, in her quest for answers.

Guerrero’s writing is exquisite, and while the format of the narrative jumps around in time somewhat, I did not mind because the story is so engaging. Her search for her father and the symbolism involved in the title alone gives me pause at all the various meanings. Not only did her father cross actual physical borders (and Guerrero did as well in her search), but he crosses that thin line between reality and disconnection from it.

Overall, Crux is an adventure and an exploration of the relationship between father and daughter. It is powerful, fascinating, enlightening, and begs the question of, in the process of Guerrero desperately seeking to find and understand her father, will she also find herself.

Thank you to Random House for the invitation to read this original memoir. Crux will be published on July 17, 2018.

My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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Reading Progress

March 12, 2018 – Shelved
March 12, 2018 – Shelved as: put-aside
March 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read-owned-books
March 12, 2018 – Shelved as: arcs
March 12, 2018 – Shelved as: kindle-version
July 12, 2018 – Started Reading
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-reads
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-summer-reads
July 16, 2018 – Shelved as: memoirs
July 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Lovely review!! Sounds like a book very worth reading!


message 2: by KAS (new)

KAS So glad you loved this author’s writing, Jennifer! Beautiful review ;) xoxo


message 3: by Kaceey (new)

Kaceey Excellent review Jennifer!💜


message 4: by Karen (new)

Karen Fantastic review Jennifer!!


Babydimps (Suzy) What a great review Jennifer! So glad you enjoyed! 😊


message 6: by Nazanin (new)

Nazanin Awesome review, Jennifer! Glad it was an enjoyable read for you! xoxo


message 7: by Kara (new)

Kara Hansen Excellent review, Jennifer! Not sure this would be my kind of book, but I liked the points and features of the story that you brought up in your review.


message 8: by Meredith (new)

Meredith This sounds like something I need to read! Wonderful review, Jennifer!


message 9: by Jaline (new) - added it

Jaline Wow! What a fabulous - and timely - review, Jennifer! This sounds so fascinating.


message 10: by Susan (new)

Susan Simply lovely review, Jennifer!!!xxxoooxxx


message 11: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Sounds good! Great review!


message 12: by Fred (new) - added it

Fred Shaw Looks interesting. You are quite persuasive!


message 13: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Wonderful review, Jennifer! This sounds really good!


message 14: by JanB (new)

JanB Terrific review Jennifer, this sounds like an interesting memoir!


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Rachel wrote: "Lovely review!! Sounds like a book very worth reading!"

Thanks, Rachel! It truly was!


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader KAS wrote: "So glad you loved this author’s writing, Jennifer! Beautiful review ;) xoxo"

Thanks so much, KAS! 💗


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Babydimps (Suzy) wrote: "What a great review Jennifer! So glad you enjoyed! 😊"

Karen wrote: "Fantastic review Jennifer!!"

Kaceey - Traveling Sister wrote: "Excellent review Jennifer!💜"

Thanks, Suzy, Karen, and Kaceey! 💕 💗


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Nazanin wrote: "Awesome review, Jennifer! Glad it was an enjoyable read for you! xoxo"

Thanks, Nazanin! It was a pleasure! ❤️


message 19: by Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader (last edited Jul 22, 2018 09:29AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Kara wrote: "Excellent review, Jennifer! Not sure this would be my kind of book, but I liked the points and features of the story that you brought up in your review."

Thanks, Kara! I totally understand.


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Meredith wrote: "This sounds like something I need to read! Wonderful review, Jennifer!"

Thanks, Meredith! It was a smooth read if you enjoy this genre.


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Jaline wrote: "Wow! What a fabulous - and timely - review, Jennifer! This sounds so fascinating."

Thanks, Jaline! It was definitely an intriguing story!


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Susan wrote: "Simply lovely review, Jennifer!!!xxxoooxxx"

Debbie wrote: "Sounds good! Great review!"

Fred wrote: "Looks interesting. You are quite persuasive!"

Cheri wrote: "Wonderful review, Jennifer! This sounds really good!"

JanB wrote: "Terrific review Jennifer, this sounds like an interesting memoir!"

Thanks, Susan, Debbie, Fred, Cheri, and Jan! I definitely enjoyed this memoir.


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