Superior Reads

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Fans of Allen Eskens have waited five years for the sequel to Edgar-nominated The Life We Bury.  The Shadows We Hide came out in November 2018.  In Eskens first Edgar-nominated novel, The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert was a college student trying to finish school while taking care of Jeremy, his autistic brother. His mother …

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  When Karen Babine’s mother was diagnosed with a form of cancer that usually strikes children under the age of ten, her doctors surgically removed a tumor the size of a cabbage from her abdomen and recommended a regimen of chemotherapy to guard against a recurrence. Karen moved in with her collection of vintage cast …

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      In the prologue to Kathleen Winter’s 2010 debut novel, Annabel, a young girl and her blind father are navigating a river in a canoe. The young girl spots a lone white caribou, ghost-like, separated from its herd by thousands of miles. “Why would any caribou leave her herd to walk, solitary, thousands …

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  The young adult novel THE HATE U GIVE came out in movie theaters in October 2018 and it’s been on best seller lists since it came out in the Winter of 2017, but that’s not why you should read it. You should read it because it will make you uncomfortable. It’s a story we …

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Barbara Kingsolver does not shy away from the big issues: global warming, nationalism, capitalism, consumerism, health care, the collapsing American Dream, and an entrenched body politic. In UNSHELTERED, you will find all of these. There’s a little Trump in there, too (he’s referred to as the Bullhorn) but there’s more about his policies and how …

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In Water and What We Know, author Karen Babine examines an ethic of place, the personal stories grounded in specific places. How much of who we are can be attributed to where we came from? “The essays here work through a complicated relationship of water and soil, of fire and water, of people and place, because …

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In a well-researched volume, Timothy Cochrane brings to life the hardships and heartbreaks of the Anishinaabeg and their new neighbors from the American Fur Company as they navigate the changing landscape of the fur trade in Grand Marais from 1823-1825. I was intrigued by his characterization of George Bonga, one of the two brothers who …

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