The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

Rating: 3.5 of 5 “Listen to me: everything you think you know, every relationship you’ve ever taken for granted, every plan or possibility you’ve ever hatched, every conceit or endeavor you’ve ever concocted, can be stripped from you in an instant. Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself. …

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Changing Woman and Her Sisters by Katrin Hyman Tchana

Rating: 5 of 5 From the same mother-daughter team who brought us The Serpent Slayer: And Other Stories of Strong Women. You won’t find the oft regurgitated Greek goddesses. Instead, Changing Woman and Her Sisters: Stories of Goddesses From Around the World, tales retold by Katrin Hyman Tchana and illustrated …

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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 4 of 5 Completely wrecked after her older sister’s suicide, Jenna makes a life-shattering decision and, ever since, has been slowly working her way to – wherever, whenever – her sister may be. Synopsis: “When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for …

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The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson

Rating: 3.5 of 5 A fox falls in love with a human and does everything in her power to win him for herself, no matter what. The biggest problem, other than her being a fox and him human, is that he’s already married to a woman he loves. She ignores …

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Lambs of God by Marele Day

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Synopsis: “Three eccentric, secluded nuns live on a remote island, forgotten by time and the Church – until a priest unwittingly happens upon them. He is as surprised to see the nuns as they are to see a flesh-and-blood man, and what follows is the strange, …

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The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Rating: 4 of 5 A multi-generational story that blends Native beliefs (myths, legends, folklore) with the everyday reality of issues like domestic abuse, alcoholism, and suicide, to name only a few. The whole dynamic of clashing cultures, especially the internal struggles of urban Natives, fascinated me; it’s something I hadn’t …

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Okay, I gave it a couple weeks, to allow the emotional effects time to dissipate, before I wrote my review. No change, though. I am still head-over-heels for A Man Called Ove. I didn’t think it possible but I loved Ove just as much as Elsa …

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Top 5 Books Read in 2016

Magical New Year 2016

I’d love to hear about the best books you read last year, so please feel free to share your favorites in the comment box. They can be from any genre, published in any year; the only stipulation is that you read the book sometime during 2016. For those interested, here’s …

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Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll

Rating: 4 of 5 A modern fairy tale mixed with the metaphysical set firmly in the real world of the 1980s. “Do you read mystery novels? Yes? It’s the same with them. A fool can read ten pages and then turn to the end to see if the butler did …

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