Book Reviews

Looking for your next read? Every Tuesday and Thursday we’re serving up a brand new book review for you!


As with all book clubs, a great part of the joy of our Imaginary Book Club is reading together and chatting about what we’ve read as a group. For more info on how our online book club works, and the many ways you can participate, hop over here or sign up to read with us.  Share your thoughts in the comments! Ripper, by Isabel Allende The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Yet, while their bond is strong,...

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Anyone else love to eat? Yes?? I will admit I spend a lot of time thinking about food and what I want to eat or make. This meant I totally understood Mr. Raccoon wanting to mix up his diet with some better quality food in Anderson Atlas’s book Rascal Farms. Mr. Raccoon observes his surroundings and eventually comes upon a farm that seems to have an abundance of food. He figures no one will miss the food he takes and brings to his...

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When summer rolls around, I start to crave books about Europe the way kids crave ice cream when they are at the pool (or, let’s be honest with ourselves, always). If the book is about sunny Italy, I can’t pull out my wallet fast enough to purchase it. That’s why when the summer heat started to roll in at the beginning of June, I decided it was time to pull Love and Gelato off my bookshelf. If the title were not enough of a hint, it is...

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The Westies: Inside New York’s Irish Mob by T.J. English is a true story account of the long-standing tradition of organized crime in New York City. Southie is maybe the more famous of the Irish side of New York organized crime (or good ole Five Points if you want to go back into history a little further), but this is not a story of Southie- it is a tale of Hell’s Kitchen, a neighborhood gentrified into “Clinton” even within the...

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Okay so I know I am late to the game as this book has been out since 2000 and has received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New Yorker Debut of the Year award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison Metcalf Award, and a nomination for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. So why hadn’t I read it? In part because I just hadn’t heard of Interpreter of Maladies, I was in middle school when it came out,...

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Peter Pan is not a Disney character. He was created by Sir James Matthew Barry, 1st Baronet, a Scottish playwright (and novelist) who wrote as J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan’s first appearance was in a few chapters of an adult novel written by Barrie called The Little White Bird, which was published in 1902. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, written by J.M. Barrie and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, was published a few years later as a...

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