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Oct 24

Book Review: Educated

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover This is a memoir of what I call the “my childhood was worse than your childhood” sub-genre. In fact, I would say that it’s a standout in this sub-genre, although “worst childhood” is not a contest anyone really wants to enter, much less win. It’s a good book, well-written …

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Oct 23

Book Review: Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica This book, as advertised, is a psych-thriller about a woman who takes in a homeless teenager and a baby. It doesn’t have as many twists and turns as you might hope for, but then, it’s not as dark as you might fear either. Heidi is a relentless do-gooder who sees …

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May 28

Book Review: Protecting the Gift

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe by Gavin de Becker My rating: 3 of 5 stars I bought this book based on how valuable and life-changing Gift of Fear was. I figured it would be a great alternative to constantly nagging my girls to read Gift of Fear for themselves. Unlike Gift of …

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Jul 22

Book Review: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë I was supposed to have read this in high school, and I read just enough of it at the time to go “boooooarrrring!!” and fake my way through the rest of the semester. So now that I’m an adult and more tolerant of difficult literature, I decided to give it …

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May 09

Book Review: Jesus Land

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres This memoir falls squarely into the “my childhood was worse than your childhood” category. And you know what? She wins. (Not that this is a category that anyone really wants to win.) The sadness of the Scheeres’ childhood hit me harder than any other memoir of childhood I’ve read. Even …

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