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The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne
The Gods of Second Chances

Alisha C, June 12, 2014

The novel is quiet, but very textured with emotions and themes. The characters will touch your soul and remind you that family life is never as easy as it could be, nor is it ever what it may seem. Berne’s characters are lively and likable. They make mistakes and rally through them. In the novel, Ray learns that family issues are rarely black and white and also learns the hard truth that there are two sides to every story, both of them standing with truth. Berne relates a family like no other but with familiarity to everyone.
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Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare
Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

Alisha C, April 21, 2014

Priscilla, called extraordinary by many, left behind a legacy in a trunk of documents. Documents that record moments of love, lies, romance, friendship, and history. Shakespeare’s book takes us on his journey as he learns about her life: her lovers, her husbands, her friendships. The timeline can be difficult to follow as the organization is not linear but rather follows chunks of time that fluctuate between different periods of Priscilla’s life and the war. The Second World War is always in the background and the book is just as much a history of the events as it is a portrait of Priscilla.
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Hibernate (Ohio State Univ Prize in Short Fiction) by Elizabeth Eslami
Hibernate (Ohio State Univ Prize in Short Fiction)

Alisha C, April 21, 2014

Each of these stories need a bit of time to marinate after they are read. I tried to read two or even three in a single setting, but I found myself distracted by the story I had just read that it was too difficult to focus on a new story too quickly. Short stories should very much stand on their own and demand singular attention. Eslami has done a wonderful job of creating this emphasis, both in character and in the settings, of each of the stories that appear in this collection.
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Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
Heading Out to Wonderful

Alisha C, August 20, 2012

The novel is wonderfully descriptive and Brownsburg, it’s residents, and even a bit of Virginia come alive in ways that are not easily forgotten. The writing is rich, yet readable and speeds you through at an exciting pace. When you reach the end, you only wish you could go back and spend more time in the town and with the characters.
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The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina Omelveny
The Book of Madness and Cures

Alisha C, August 19, 2012

O’Melveny’s writing is good and the subject matter and storyline have a lot of potential. The bits of this novel are worth being picked through, but on the whole it doesn’t hold together well. For some, it would be be worth the read, if only to explore the mythical 16th century diseases and cures sprinkled throughout.(excerpt from review at
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