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Book Review | Books Can Be Deceiving, by Jenn McKinlay

I love cozy mysteries. Cozies tend to have not a lot of violence, an amateur sleuth as the protagonist, a theme (coffee, book binding, donuts, the Amish, ghosts, etc.), and often a punny title (like A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander). On a whim at Jan’s Used Books in Beaverton, I purchased Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay. I really enjoyed this book! The first in the Library Lover’s Mystery series, Books Can Be Deceiving takes place in Briar Creek, a town on the shore of Connecticut. I try to tell people that not all cozies...

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Kids Read With IBC | Where the Forest Meets the Sea, by Jeannie Baker

Growing up I had many favorite books, but the one book that really stands out in my memory is Where the Forest Meets the Sea, by Jeannie Baker. That book was the best! This book, which uses collages to illustrate, is about a boy and his father who go to a place they “can only reach by boat.” When they get there, his father tells him there has been a forest there for over a hundred million years. As the boy explores, he pretends it is a hundred million years ago. He walks about the forest and comes across...

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TRADE | Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi

If my sister Caitlin recommends a book to me, chances are I am going to love it. The graphic novel Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi is no exception. I love the artwork and the story, and am excited to see what comes next! Amulet begins with a day that changes our young hero Emily’s life forever. Fast forward two years and she is stuck moving to an old, dirty house with her mother and younger brother, Navin. She learns that the house used to belong to her great grandpa Silas, before he disappeared. There are lots...

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Book Review | Just Kids, by Patti Smith

I don’t read a lot of memoirs. No real reason why; the memoir/biography section is one that I don’t seem to frequent. However, I think that all may change. I recently finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids and I loved it! If there are more memoirs as good as this one, my TBR pile is about to explode. Just Kids is Smith’s memoir of her relationship with the artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and their time together in a New York that was drastically different than it is today. Smith and Mapplethorpe truly were “starving artists.” Smith writes...

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TRADE | A Terrifying Take on Sabrina, My Favorite Teenage Witch

You have all probably heard of Sabrina Spellman. She’s a cute, teenage girl who happens to be a witch. Maybe you met her when she started showing up in the Archie Comics in 1962. Or maybe you met her on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” where she was played by Melissa Joan Hart during the most epic TGIF programming block ever. And I think there was an animated series, but I never watched it, whoops! But none of that matters because the title character of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not that Sabrina. Remember how dark Afterlife with Archie was? That...

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Book Review | A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

This book staggered me. I read it nonstop roundtrip on the bus from Portland to Seattle, and I read it my whole flight to DC. I finished reading it my first night at Whitney’s apartment, and I lay on the air mattress next to my husband and silently cried. This novel is amazing, moving, tragic, ambitious, and beautiful. And it is, at times, completely devastating. It’s taken me weeks to write this review, because even though I am still thinking about this book and its characters, I had no idea how to begin. A Little Life had such an...

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