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Book Review: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Book Review: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

October 24, 2019

I underlined half the book and cried many times. Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy puts this title in the “books to read when you feel like the world is falling apart” category and I wholeheartedly agree. In a way it reads like poetry as Wendell tells the story of Hannah, her husband Nathan, and the rest of the Port William membership. There are a handful of books set in this same town including Nathan Coulter, Jayber Crow, and Andy Catlett...

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Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

August 21, 2019

Set in 1969 in the quiet town of Barkley Cove, North Carolina, Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming of age story about a young girl who was abandoned by her family members and left to be raised by the land. Kya, also known by the locals as the Marsh Girl...

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Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

July 08, 2019

In Becoming Mrs. Lewis, author Patti Callahan, writes about the lives of Joy Davidman Gresham and C.S. Lewis. She uses available facts (letters, biographies, etc.) to tell the story of how their paths crossed and the deep love that followed. The novel begins with Joy in New York. She is a struggling writer who is married to an alcoholic with whom she has two sons. Joy experiences a divine moment in her son's nursery which she explains as the moment when God made himself known to her. She learns about C.S. Lewis, also known as Jack, and his own transformation...

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Book Review: The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

Book Review: The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman

March 22, 2019

Synopsis: 

Whether we want to admit it or not, unmade decisions can cause a lot of turmoil and stress in our lives. In The Next Right Thing, Emily does her readers a great service by giving them practical ways to practice being better decision makers. A few chapter titles from the book include: "Know What You Want More," "Make a Most Important List," and "Be Where You Are." Each chapter begins with a brief story and/or guide post and ends with a prayer and a tip to actually put the aforementioned idea into practice. Within ...

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

May 17, 2016

This complex novel by Hanya Yanagihara begins by introducing four men who have just all graduated from New England University and are working to establish their lives in New York City. They are deeply committed to maintaining their friendships with one another despite their diverse personalities and interests. Malcom Irvine is the biracial son of an ...

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The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

January 25, 2016

Cassandra has lost many of the important people in her life. Most recently she lost her grandmother, Nell, who raised her from the time her mother dropped her off when she was just a small girl. As an inheritance, Cassandra receives the deed to a house in England that she had no idea Nell owned and ...

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Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

January 15, 2016

In Palo Atlo, a man deals with the fact that his wife is paralyzed from the waist down due to a rare condition called Guillian-Barre syndrome. She listens to Nirvana day in and day out and he talks to his digital version of the recently assassinated president as they navigate the sorrow and grief that ...

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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

January 08, 2016

At the age of twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed pretty much believed that she had nothing else to lose. Her life seemed to be spiraling into a deeper and darker pit that began its downward slope with the death of her mother four years prior. Her marriage to a man she truly loved was ending and she had spent many ...

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Top 5 Reads of 2015

Top 5 Reads of 2015

January 01, 2016

2015 was a slow year for me as far as reading goes. It was my first year as a mom, which left my brain slightly frazzled.    I did listen to a lot of audiobooks (and I totally count that as “reading” if you were wondering) and averaged about one or two per month. While I ...

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

November 13, 2015

Simon Snow is the Chosen One, even though most of the time he can’t even seem to get is wand to work properly. He is pretty efficient at drawing his magical sword, but when he does all of his power seems to come out at once in a sort of explosion. At Watford, the magical ...

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