“Sanctuary Somewhere”: a review of Brenna Dimmig’s poetry cycle on immigration
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“Sanctuary Somewhere”: a review of Brenna Dimmig’s poetry cycle on immigration


Brenna Dimmig’s poetry collection Sanctuary Somewhere is centred on undocumented immigration experiences in the U.S. Her two main characters, Osmel and Leslie experience the U.S. differently based on their immigration statuses. Despite being siblings, Leslie is legal because she is born in the U.S. but her brother, Osmel, and her mother are undocumented. The fear … Continue reading

Review of “Crises of Democracy”: Can we predict the fall of democratic institutions?
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Review of “Crises of Democracy”: Can we predict the fall of democratic institutions?


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Crises of Democracy written by Professor of Politics, Adam Przeworski could not have been written at a more critical moment in our contemporary political climate. All around the world, it seems that … Continue reading

“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic
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“Pride & Prejudice & Passports”: a review of Corrie Garrett’s immigrant retelling of Jane Austen’s classic


I’ve read some modern re-tellings of classics that have just fallen flat. Sometimes classics are named classics because they are indeed just that: stories that transcend time. They shape our culture and understanding of the past. They also help us shape our future and in particular the way authors and readers write and engage with … Continue reading

“Is There Still Sex In The City?”: A Review on love, lust, and life in the Big Apple
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“Is There Still Sex In The City?”: A Review on love, lust, and life in the Big Apple


Is There Still Sex In The City? by Candace Bushnell is an exploration of love, lust, and digital dating after 50. How should older women, and men for that matter, navigate single life in a world that has vastly changed since they last dated. As more and more couples split, especially later on in life, … Continue reading

Review: J.D. Horn’s “The Final Days of Magic”
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Review: J.D. Horn’s “The Final Days of Magic”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Final Days of Magic is the third book in J.D. Horn’s series “Witches of New Orleans”. It mixes Western Christian notions of witchcraft with a Voodoo/Creole that feels very specific to … Continue reading

A review of “The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom”: loving outside your faith
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A review of “The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom”: loving outside your faith


Beth Miller’s novel posits the question: What happens when you love someone outside of your faith? There are thousands of answers to this question, and arguably loving the ‘wrong’ person is something humans seem pretty good at since we have been doing it for centuries. The Two Hearts of Eliza Bloom is in many ways … Continue reading

“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present
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“The Boys Who Woke Up Early”: a reminder of America’s complicated past and present


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. When I read books, sometimes I know exactly what I want to highlight in my review and other times, ideas and themes from the novel need time to grow and develop in … Continue reading

A Review of J.M. Monaco’s “How We Remember”
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A Review of J.M. Monaco’s “How We Remember”


CONTENT WARNING: discussions of sexual assault, cancer, death by suicide, and drug/alcohol abuse. As a passionate researcher in memory studies I am always drawn to books, both fiction and nonfiction, that draw on and play with the way we remember collectively and individually. J.M. Monaco’s novel is an exquisitely painful exploration of collective remembering within … Continue reading