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There were two years in college where I read every Toni Morrison novel that was in publication, and each book left me breathless. Her lyrical prose, her insightful commentary, her grasp of the complexities of the human mind and heart are speak to me in a profound way. It has been a long time since I’ve read her, and this book did not disappoint. A further plus was listening to her read it in the audio form. Her story follows slaves and masters in New England in the 1690s. That’s all I am going to tell you, because a Morrison novel is most delicious when you jump into the action with reckless abandon. This novel was time well spent.
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Toni Morrison’s prestige is well known. Here is a link to her latest award.
With the current Zombie-Apocalypse pop culture in full bloom, Emily Schultz’s The Blondes hit bookshelves at the right time. Tightly written to allow the suspense to unfold at an even pace, Schultz’s protagonist reveals the story in a voice articulate and witty, honest and unflinching. A virus attacks both natural and bottle blondes alike, causing violent, unpredictable behavior. The commentary on society and relationships is powerful, driven, and highly entertaining, if not terrifying.
Naomi Novik first impressed me with her sweeping Temeraire series, a blend of historical fiction and fantasy that takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. While fantasy titles do not normally attract me as a reader, her writing cannot be easily categorized. Uprooted, set in a reality that mirrors the Middle Ages, was a page-turning, insomnia-inducing delight. The epic journey of Agnieszka falls into the comfortable and well-worn fantasy/adventure classification, but in Novik’s astounding imagination none of the characters play by traditional conventions. While their roles are clearly defined, there is nothing predicable about how the action unfolds. It was like being a kid and falling into the Narnia universe for the first time, or experiencing all of the wonder of Hogwarts. The movie rights are secured, and this is one tale you should read before seeing adapted on the big screen.