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Amy Rea
I'm a mother, wife, writer, dog lover, and knitter.
Interests: Traveling, cooking, reading, hiking, knitting
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Well, this was a wild ride. Broken River opens with a crime in process, one that ends violently, and two people are killed. (That's not a spoiler, it happens right away.) The murders happen at a home outside the small... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at New Century Reading
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It took me a bit to sort out my feelings about this book once I'd finished reading it. This debut novel has some truly beautiful writing; there are some nature scenes that are just blissfully real and tangible, and some... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Treating the topic of depression via a picture book may seem like an odd choice, but it works. Author and illustrator Elizabeth Swados has battled the black dog (now, I have a literal black dog, and she doesn't depress me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Wow. How to describe this memoir by Sherman Alexie? He takes the traditional memoir format and turns it upside down. This is in no way a linear book, and it's told in bits and pieces. Sometimes there are complete chapters,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Last year I read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, which won the 2016 Pulitzer. There was much I liked about it, but overall I felt it was bloated and would have worked better if it had been tightened up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I didn't have a lot of expectations going into Goodbye, Vitamin; I think I saw it listed on some "books soon to be published that YOU SIMPLY MUST READ" and thought, well, fine, guess I will, then. I was maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is, as the title clearly states, the diary of an 83 1/4 year old man, Hendrik (Henk for short), who lives in what appears to be an assisted living facility in Amsterdam. It's a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at New Century Reading
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In the last three weeks, my elderly father had to have an emergency amputation of his right leg, he had a complication and almost died, then he recovered and turned 95, and I had a birthday too. Is it any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at New Century Reading
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July marks the first month of James' six-month Jane Austen Read All A-Long. This month's kickoff book is Sense and Sensibility, which I read for the first time a few years ago and loved. This time around, though, I found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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While I liked this book a fair amount, overall it also caused me some frustration. Given the title and florid cover, I expected something much more gothic, something with a wonderful monster in it. That's not what author Perry is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I was intrigued by the plot summary provided by the publisher for American Street, which focused on how teenage Fabiola Toussaint, American-born but having lived most of her life in Haiti, is now returning to the U.S. with her Haitian-born... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at New Century Reading
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This book has been getting lots of hype lately, and for once, the hype is correct. It's a young adult novel with a plot ripped from the headlines: Teenaged Starr is in a car with her friend Khalil when they're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Displacement would make a wonderful companion to Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? As I said when I reviewed the latter, if you have elderly people in your life or plan to become elderly yourself, you should read this.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I have mixed feelings about this book. It's the story of the Goldschmidt family, told by Adam, dad and husband. He's a would-be academic, part-time college instructor, and mostly stay-at-home dad to two daughters, Miriam and Rose, while wife Emma... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at New Century Reading
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James is hosting a Jane Austen Read All A-Long, starting July 1st. He's going to read Austen's novels in order of publication, one per month. He's a congenial host who doesn't demand an all-or-nothing approach; if you feel like reading... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I wasn't wild about Edan Lepucki's debut novel, California, but then, I'm a hard sell on dystopia. I did like her writing, and when I saw her second novel was not dystopic in the least, I thought I'd give it... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at New Century Reading
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In Lucky Boy, Solimar Valdez is a young woman from a going-nowhere village in Mexico. She wants to get into the U.S. and find a better future. After taking a dangerous and horrific route, she manages to cross the border... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at New Century Reading
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There is a whooooooooooole lot of stuff going on in The Book of Joan. The book takes place in an unspecified time in the future, where wars and environmental devastation have made Earth virtually uninhabitable. Survivors are on board a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Fever Dream is a short, read-it-in-a-day volume, and that's appropriate. Like a real fever dream, it's intense, and not something you'd want to drag out any longer than necessary. Which is not to say it's not worth reading. I could... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I so loved Elizabeth Strout's My Name is Lucy Barton, and I couldn't wait to read this one after hearing that many of the people mentioned in Barton would appear here, including Lucy herself. I even reread Barton in preparation... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I pick up this annual offering every year, and although uneven, it's always interesting. It sometimes seems like the guest editors I like the least offer the stories I like the best and vice versa. But it's always instructive to... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at New Century Reading
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In the Great Green Room is, of course, the first line of the iconic children's picture book, Goodnight Moon. Our oldest son loved Goodnight Moon so much as a toddler that my husband and I both knew it by heart... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at New Century Reading
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What an unnerving, unsettling collection of stories this is. And I mean that in the best possible way. Author Arimah crosses lines from strictly realistic to the world of magical realism with a deft hand, and it keeps the reader... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. The premise (not a spoiler, the jacket covers this and you learn the main fact right away in the first chapter) is that a teenage girl, Cat, finds her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Maybe my expectations for this book were too high. I love Louise Erdrich. As in, LOVE Louise Erdrich. But I didn't love this book. There were parts I liked a lot, and there were memorable characters (as always with her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at New Century Reading