Category Archives: Book Reviews

Last Tang Standing, by Lauren Ho, reviewed by Susan Petrone

Andrea Tang is 33 (almost), working to make partner at one of the top law firms in Singapore, and surrounded by good friends. She has it all except someone to share it with. Then she meets Eric, an older, sexy … Continue reading

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Members Only, by Sameer Pandya, reviewed by Susan Petrone

Raj Bhatt is a happily married Indian-American with the holy trifecta–job, kids, mortgage. He’s happy but hasn’t always felt like he fits in. When he says absolutely the wrong thing to an African American couple applying for membership to the … Continue reading

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2020 and 1596: How We Are (Still) Finding Links to Shakespeare through Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel “Hamnet”

Yet another way Shakespeare has infiltrated his way into our contemporary realities comes in the form of Maggie O’Farrell’s newest novel, Hamnet. While O’Farrell could not have predicted the current pandemic in which we find ourselves, the novel, with its universal … Continue reading

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Brevity and Memory: On Billy-Ray Belcourt’s “A History of My Brief Body”

Sometimes, a book comes along, and it commands that you dig into it with a pencil, highlighter, or post-its. You’re hungry to eat it up, and your brain enjoys the meal so much that it’s like the best food coma … Continue reading

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Books by Black Authors to Look Out For in 2020

This February, Loganberry Books hosted a reading “challenge” to encourage our customers to only read books by Black authors in celebration of Black History Month. I twisted it a little this year, in homage to N.K. Jemisin’s compelling essay “How … Continue reading

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Ottessa Moshfegh and Intention: A Book (/Author) Review

Ottessa Moshfegh’s upcoming novel, Death in Her Hands, has been on countless “Most Anticipated Books of 2020” lists. Intrigued by the author’s reputation and the (campaigned) subject matter of the novel as a thriller, I opened up my advanced reader copy … Continue reading

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Black Looks: Race, Beauty, and Memory in Brit Bennett’s new Must-Read, “The Vanishing Half”

“Race! The thing that bound and suffocated her. Whatever steps she took, or if she took none at all, something would be crushed. A person or the race. Clare, herself, or the race. Or, it might be, all three. Nothing, … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate a post to the wonderful form of poetry, to think about how poetry has changed over time and to contemplate its role in society today. Of … Continue reading

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The Final Frontiersman by James Campbell

You can’t get any closer to escapist literature or off the grid stories than The Final Frontiersman : Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell, narrated by Dan Warren. At the age of twenty, … Continue reading

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The Stand, By Stephen King

The Stand, By Stephen King.  What can I say besides I’ve read this book three times and am about to read it again?  It’s a classic Dystopian, Apocalyptic, End-of-the-world-because-of-a-deadly-virus, Quest-for-Salvation, Good-vs-Evil book with a plot and characters that keep you … Continue reading

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