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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Darkest Part of the Forest

Dieveney, February 21, 2015

I began reading the Darkest Part of the Forest on my commute to work yesterday and after chapter 1, I started considering the merits of calling in sick and spending the day reading. Like Holly Black’s other novels, this is about relatable teenagers in extraordinary circumstances. Fairfold is a pretty normal town except for the strange fairy prince asleep in a glass coffin in the middle of the woods who is used primarily as a tourist spot and sometimes dance floor at high school parties. That’s not to say, other strange things don’t occasionally happen and residents of Fairfold find it helpful to turn their socks inside out and tuck a bit of iron in a pocket before leaving home, just in case. This is a lightning fast page turner and a great adventure where the knight in shining armor is not at all who you might expect.
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The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
The Cure for Dreaming

Dieveney, February 9, 2015

What I love most about Cat Winters’ novels is that she’s not afraid of detail. So while the novel might be full of mystical and imaginative circumstances, her characters are firmly planted in reality. The Cure for Dreaming captures the world of 1900 Portland Oregon so beautifully that you can ride down the streets with suffragist and bicyclist Olivia Mead and feel fully immersed in the historic atmosphere.
Inspiring and timely, The Cure for Dreaming addresses the silencing of women’s voices and the diminishing of their dreams. A story with a fantastic message wrapped up in a very entertaining adventure about a young woman trying to find her way in the world. Olivia Mead is studious, shy, funny, ambitious, brave, and the kind of role model I’d like to share with the young girls and women in my life but certainly would appeal to a reader of any gender.
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My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
My Notorious Life

Dieveney, December 29, 2014

I picked this book at random looking for a fun interesting read and was thrilled to find such a captivating, no holds barred, timely story that I'm surprised it wasn't on everyone's "Best Of 2013" list last year. Based on a notorious midwife of 19th century NY, Kate Manning takes us on a journey full of adventure, Dickensian waifs, orphan trains, and the struggle to create something from nothing. As if that weren't enough, it is a striking portrait of the fight women face to achieve their ambitions and autonomy. Although the story takes place in the Victorian era, the narrative is a stunning contribution to the present conversation regarding equal rights and women's healthcare.
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Longbourn by Jo Baker

Dieveney, November 15, 2014

Jane Austen’s most well known heroine Lizzie Bennett was famous for her long walks and muddy petticoats but no one stopped to consider the maid who had to scrub the mud off those boots and petticoats until her hands were raw and sore. While the Bennett sisters are dealing with affairs of the heart, Sarah their housemaid has dreams of her own and they include being noticed by anyone and less laundry. I’m not a fan of revisiting favorite Jane Austen characters in sequels or retellings, but this has very little to do with the Bennett sisters and everything to do with being trapped in a life of drudgery and trying to find a way to happiness. Not to say this is a dark tale, in fact Sarah is a plucky hopeful heroine who feels like maybe the most real of all the characters at Longbourn. No need to be a Jane Austen fan to enjoy this well researched and entertaining novel but if you are a perennial Pride and Prejudice reader, this book will add lovely new layers to the story.
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Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

Dieveney, November 13, 2014

I didn't expect this to be such a page turner but I literally read cover to cover in a matter of hours. While I expected it to be mostly about Dr Mutter’s famous collection of marvels as displayed in the Philadelphia museum, it was much much more. A biography of a incredibly forward thinking compassionate brilliant doctor, the history of medical schools in America, the invention of plastic surgery and anesthesia and every other essential treatment that brought humanity to healing. Definitely the most fascinating biography I’ve read in a very long time but also one of the most entertaining books I’ve read this year. This is definitely going to be my go to holiday gift for everyone this year.
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