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“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance

“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance c.2016, Harper $27.99 / $34.99 Canada 264 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Home is where the heart is. It’s where folks take you in because they love you, and put up with your nonsense for the same reason. It’s where […]

“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman

“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman

“Faithful: A Novel” by Alice Hoffman c.2016, Simon & Schuster $26.00 / $35.00 Canada 272 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The best years of your life. That’s what people tell you about high school. Remember those days, they say. They’ll be the best of your life. But zits, mean girls, broken dreams, and broken […]

“Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker

“Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker

“Nixon’s Gamble” by Ray Locker c.2016, Lyons Press $29.95 / $35.95 Canada 352 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You can’t fool me. I see what you did there. I’m watching you; you can’t pull the wool over my eyes. I wasn’t born yesterday. I know all the tricks. Yep, I see right through you… […]

“Ugly: A Memoir” by Robert Hoge

“Ugly: A Memoir” by Robert Hoge

“Ugly: A Memoir” by Robert Hoge c.2016, Viking $16.99 / higher in Canada 200 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You already have a name. Your parents gave it to you when you were born. It might’ve meant something special to them, it might’ve been a name they liked, or something that sounded beautiful. Whatever […]

“The Motion of Puppets” by Keith Donohue

“The Motion of Puppets” by Keith Donohue

“The Motion of Puppets” by Keith Donohue c.2016, Picador $26.00 / $37.00 Canada 263 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Lately, there are days when you don’t move so well. Sports injuries old or new, creaky bones, long night, short night, slept wrong, it can happen at anytime and any age. But, unlike in the […]

“The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue

“The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue

“The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue c.2016, Little, Brown $27.00 304 pages c.2016, HarperCollins $32.99 Canada 304 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The truth was bent a little bit. Okay, so it was actually mangled. Warped beyond anything that might remotely be real. Wrapped up in a colossal “liar-liar-pants-on-fire” conflagration. The truth was nowhere near […]

“Playing Dead” by Elizabeth Greenwood

“Playing Dead” by Elizabeth Greenwood

“Playing Dead” by Elizabeth Greenwood c.2016, Simon & Schuster $26.00 / $35.00 Canada 247 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your wallet is genuine, original faux-leather from faux-Venezuela. It matches the pleather jacket you love so much and your favorite fake-silk shirt, which you like to wear when you drive the car you bought and […]

“I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows

“I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows

“I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows c.2016, Henry Holt $26.00 / $37.00 Canada 272 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Rain, rain, go away. That never worked, did it?  You could chant those four words all you want, trying to keep your picnic, reunion, or party from being ruined, but the sky opened up […]

“Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman” by Mary Mann Hamilton

“Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman” by Mary Mann Hamilton

“Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman” by Mary Mann Hamilton c.2016, Little, Brown $27.00 / $32.50 Canada 319 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your toast was burnt this morning. It was the first in a tsunami of irritation you had to endure today: the house WiFi was down, your […]

“The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees” by Robert Penn

“The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees” by Robert Penn

“The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees” by Robert Penn c.2016, W.W. Norton $26.95 / higher in Canada 256 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Shade feels good right about now. Just sitting in it seems to lower your temperature by ten degrees. It calms you, too, and makes you feel drowsy. This time […]

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