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River Girls (Mercy Harbor #1)

When I first came upon The River Girls by MelindaWoodhall, I was excited because it was the first book in a thriller series (Mercy Harbor). I thought thrillers would give me the respite I wanted from the memoirs that I was reading in 2020. I was wrong. Let me begin with the positives. The book had two […]

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Stay, Daughter

Yasmin Azad’s Stay, Daughter is a profound account of the lives of Muslim women as they try to find their identity while negotiating the orthodoxy in Islam. Azad tries to convey that customs and beliefs should exist in equilibrium with modernity and individual freedom.I am an Indian from Kerala, which makes much of this book’s […]

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The 50-Year Secret

Synopsis: Julie MacNeil is 6’4”, and although she is neither a WNBA athlete nor a famous model, she has a remarkable story to tell. As an adopted child, she always wondered about the parents who gave her up. After overcoming a challenging childhood and surviving two tumultuous marriages, a chance DNA test revealed an incredibly […]

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In This Together: My Story

Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998. The doctors did not give her much hope. They told her that although her symptoms—including fatigue, weakness in one leg, and loss of balance—could be treated, fighting MS itself was almost impossible.  However, after meeting Dr. Howard Weiner of the MS Center at Brigham and […]

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Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir

On a day pretty much like any other, John Robinette receives the devastating news that his wife Amy is killed in a senseless accident. His friend Robert Jacoby, a writer, tries to help by interviewing him several times as a means to share John’s grief. The book is a detailed account of those interviews. It […]

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Clemantine Wamariya was forced when she was just six years old to flee her country Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. She was a refugee until she landed in America when she was 12. This book is a chronicle of her experiences in many refugee camps and her new life in America. Although she was adopted […]

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Girl, Woman, Other

Although the twelve main characters in Bernardine Evaristo‘s novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ have their own chapters based on their individual stories, their lives are interconnected because of a few common threads.  While most of them are friends, relatives or lovers, others are just acquaintances who happened to come together to watch a play by one […]

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Bucket showers & Baby Goats

Summary: Bucket Showers & Baby Goats is a non-fiction narrative based on the author Christine Brown’s experiences volunteering in the Volta Region of Ghana. While living in the community, Brown describes the village life quite vividly. Not only are the readers given a glimpse of the lives of the families of Saviefe, but they are […]

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Unloved

After Brynn Cadogan’s fiancé Jem is killed in a mass shooting, she almost cuts herself off from the world. One night, while looking through Jem’s things, she finds his phone. On it is his last message to her—just the words ‘Mount Katahdin’, which is Jem’s favorite mountain. Brynn interprets this as him telling her to […]

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From the Corner of the Oval

Beck Dorey-Stein was a stenographer in the White House for five years during President Obama’s tenure. She had a front-row view of many events of great political significance. This book is her memoir of those times.  Dorey-Stein is initially suspicious and disdainful of politicians and residents of DC, whom she called ‘DC creatures’. She is […]