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I’m glad my mom died

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 An engaging memoir (often horrifying), dealing with the crazy, funny, and deeply tragic world of a Nickelodeon TV child actor, Jennette McCurdy, and the hidden depths of the appalling family life that defines her existence. Hard to put down, it’s even harder to imagine some of the things the…

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The golden spoon

🌟🌟🌟 1/2 An interesting premise, - part competitive cozy-baking tv show, cleverly merged with an Agatha-Christie-like murder mystery. Like the characterizations it is based on, this book has a β€œfolksy niceness”, a clean demarcation of the main players, (each with their idiosyncrasies, secrets, and struggles), and a twisty plot to…

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The Writing Retreat

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A sometimes horrifying, always mesmerizing look at the power and the passion within - and what it may take to allow one to soar, wildly free of crippling expectations, fears, and the shameful inhibitions that bind us all. Alex, our first person POV narrator, is β€œsomething of a mess”.…

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Really good, actually

🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œThis was it, forever! Maybe!” Equal parts hilarious and heart-breaking, a memoir-like fictional rendering raising the question: Just how far is one Millennial willing to go towards (or away from) a newly adjusted life, uncoupled? Maggie, our first person POV narrator, is 28 yrs old, - a smartly sarcastic…

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Gone Tonight

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An engaging and suspenseful read, briskly-plotted and hard to put down, with an interesting pair of main protagonists and a clever ending that will not disappoint. Catherine and her mother Ruth are an odd duo - a mother-daughter couple where it often feels like roles are being switched, back…

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Carolina Moonset

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A book awash with yearning, love, and the simple sweetness of family, - held afloat by ties as deep as time, now tested by the ravages of dementia. For Joey Green, our first person POV narrator, a trip back to Beaufort, South Carolina, to visit his parental home, is…

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Sins of the Daughter

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• As heartbreaking as it gets, this story, from the first page to the absolutely riveting ending, completely captivated this reader, - so much so that my lump in the throat test (a sure fire predictor of my very favorite reads) echoed feelings left both stirred and shaken. A slowly…

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Again and again and again

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• A slim volume packed with luminous insight, cleverly recursive in its themes of time, love and death, and surrounding it all - a haunting ode to awareness, and the infinitely contradictory path a lifetime of self-reflection, (peppered with the unconscious memories and associations of decades spent learning) opens us…

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