Book Reviews

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


Have you ever wondered more about who Jane was in the movie Tarzan? Where did she come from, and why did Jane think it was so important to come and study the gorillas in the movie? In The Watcher, a great biographical story about Jane Goodall’s life that’s written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter, we find out who Jane is, and how important it is to be patient for good things to come. Who is Jane Goodall? Jane Goodall is...

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I’ll admit it. I cried at the end of These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It wasn’t a full on sobbing on the Metro, make a spectacle of myself cry. Let’s just say things might have been a little dusty around 5:30 on the Red Line that day. It’s been quite a journey with the Ingalls family. I can be a big cynic, but to see the little family get what feels like their happily ever after was good. In the previous book there...

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I started and stopped writing this review a handful of times. Every time I started writing, I thought about the beautifully lyrical quality of Stephanie Danler’s writing in Sweetbitter and I just had to stop. A unique compliment for a debut novel, I found every ounce of Sweetbitter to be dripping with visual visceral language. I’m such a sucker for a beautifully written sentence. So when I came to write about it, I felt weirdly...

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A, B, C, D, E, F, G….how many times do we hear this song as a little one? How many books are out there to help us learn our ABCs? I wish I had the answer because I’ve read the ABCs a lot and certainly sing the ABC song often to my little one, as I have over the years to kids I have babysat. There are some great book versions out there and one that I have been enjoying is B is for Beaver: An Oregon Alphabet by Marie and Roland Smith....

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Over the weekend, the new Wonder Woman film hit the world by force. Shattering so many expectations, and topping the charts, Patty Jenkins and the rest of the team behind DC Comics Wonder Woman quickly broke a whole smattering of records. This new incarnation of Wonder Woman sparked a whole new fanbase for a timeless character. Checking out the premiere last weekend with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine truly brought Diana of Themyscira and...

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One of the joys of growing up is you get to decide what to eat…or maybe that’s just me because I love food. I have been working to expand the types of food I eat and the ingredients that I use. Admittedly, this is easier said than done when there are some foods that just make you feel like you are home. I dream of living in a place where a garden could be a reality and I could grow fresh fruits and veggies, be cool enough to can...

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