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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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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 4 days ago 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
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I'm not going to recap what the graphic novel trilogy March is all about. I will simply say that it's excellent, very much worth the read. And for a couple of reasons: I learned quite a lot about the Civil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Bleaker House should be right in my sweet spot. A memoir by someone who goes to a place most people wouldn't want to go, and bonus--it's cold and wintry there (the Falkland Islands during the winter). I'm that odd duck... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at New Century Reading
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Well, this was a roller coaster of a read. It starts off fairly banal, to the point where I almost gave up on it. We've got two white boys, one of whom (Carter) is more privileged than the average white... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I confess I haven't read any of Angela Carter's novels, but am besotted with her short stories. So I was excited to see there was a biography just out and was fortunate enough to be among the first wave to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at New Century Reading
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This one's been gathering dust on my shelf for years. I don't have a first edition, but I do have it in hardcover, which tells me I bought it sometime in 2008, the year it was published. I know I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I didn't plan on reading this book. Last year I read Anthony Marra's latest book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, and loved it so much that I was afraid to go back and read his earlier work. (I generally... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I've complained many times on this blog about debut novels by attractive young authors that I felt were pushed into publication far too soon. So it's a relief to be able to point to this book and say, "Hey! Great... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at New Century Reading
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This is a strange, diverting novel, very short--you could read it in one sitting. On the surface, it's a straightforward story of a man whose wife died suddenly in some kind of accident. He's left to cope with two young... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I went into this not entirely sure what to expect, as George Saunders has proven himself to be an "expect the unexpected" kind of writer. So it was with increasing delight--although in some ways that's not the right word--that I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at New Century Reading
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I understand this book is having a bit of a moment again, long after its original publication in 1935. And why wouldn't it, given what's happening in America today? Sinclair Lewis seems more than a little prescient in this sardonic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at New Century Reading