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Book Review: Trafficked

Author: 
Purcell, Kim
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This was a really good book. Although it is considered teen fiction, it didn't really read that way. I was very impressed by the narrative. The protagonist is from Moldova and her voice is very authentic. The author obviously did her homework, particularly involving the different customs and dialects of the former Soviet Union and Moldova in particular. Crazy that stuff like this still happens in real life.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: The Shipping News

Author: 
Proulx, Annie
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Poor Quoyle. The quiet, miserable hulk of a man has lost his two-timing wife in an accident- leaving him with their two daughters to raise. Joining resources with an estranged aunt, he decides to make a new life in their ancestral homeland of Newfoundland. There, Quoyle and his timid girls find a home amongst the briny townspeople and rediscover what it is to love and be loved.

Slow, deliberate pace gives way to lush descriptions of landscape and characters. Nothing much really 'happens,' per se, but the daily lives and emotions of the characters keep the pages turning. I've heard this was made into a movie, but I can't imagine it could soar to the heights that the book does. Proulx is a master of prose and shapes a town, a landscape, and most importantly- a man- into shards we all find within ourselves.

Reviewer's Name: 
Evan

Book Review: Little Girl Gone

Author: 
Campbell, Drusilla
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This was a well-written portrait of an abused woman and her dependence on her boyfriend. I never understood how women could stay in abusive relationships, but this book showed how the situation can happen and how a woman can feel trapped, even deserving of such treatment. I didn't want to like the protagonist, after all she's assisting her boyfriend in an abduction that results in the stealing of the captive's newborn child. But she was a sympathetic character that grows with her friendship with Django. All in all, this is a good book that makes you think about abuse from the abused point of view.

Reviewer's Name: 
vfranklyn

Book Review: The Cellist of Sarajevo

Author: 
Galloway, Steven
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

This was a fast read. I enjoyed it, but I can't say that I enjoyed it. Meaning it was hard to read a novel that brought to life what a war can do to people and how they have to live. I liked all of the characters, but I liked Kenan and Dragen the best. They were just two men trying to survive and not be shot by snipers as they tried to get water and bread. I was engrossed when their stories were told. Overall a good book. Highly recommended.

Reviewer's Name: 
Melissa

Book Review: Sweeping Up Glass

Author: 
Wall, Carolyn
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

I really liked this book. At times it was hard to put down. In the beginning I wasn't sure where the story was going and knew a big secret would be revealed. I totally guessed wrong as to what the secret was, but that was okay. This is a great book for a book group. There is lots to discuss! I highly recommend it!

Reviewer's Name: 
Melissa

Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: 
Alexie, Sherman
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

I love any and all things Sherman Alexie, but this book really stands out among his work. "True Diary" is totally relatable to anyone who has ever felt like they didn't quite fit in.

Reviewer's Name: 
Monterey

Book Review: The Cellist of Sarajevo

Author: 
Galloway, Steven
Rating: 
4 stars = Really Good
Review: 

A compelling narative through the eyes of the individuals effected by the war. Each had a deeply emotional pull on how we live and deal with such trauma.

I recommend this as an eye opener for anyone seeking the perspective of others who've had to endure hardships in their lives.

Reviewer's Name: 
Deborah

Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: 
Alexie, Sherman
Rating: 
5 stars = Bohemian Rhapsody Awesome!
Review: 

Life on the Spokane Indian Reservation is tough for Junior. Not only is he small and easy to pick on, but he "was born with water on the brain" and has developed differently because of it. After Junior decides to transfer to a school off the reservation to try and find hope (which is completely unheard of), his life on the reservation becomes even harder. Illustrated with Junior’s witty cartoon sketches, this book is a quick read that makes you laugh in the midst of pain and brings to life the hardships of others.

Reviewer's Name: 
Tori

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