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We Were the Lucky Ones

We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Lyn Hunter

What sets We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter apart from other books I have read about the Holocaust is its simultaneously narrow and expansive scope. Amazingly, this is the story of one family. Yet, it reaches across Poland, Siberia, France, Northern Africa, Italy, South America, and even the United States of America. This is a remarkable story of survival in war. It paints not only a horrific image of the war but also a beautiful picture of family, love, and hope.

 

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Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/we-were-lucky-ones.html

A Harvest of Thorns

A Harvest of Thorns - Corban Addison

A Harvest of Thorns by Corban Addison in a dramatic fiction story takes on the very real issue of manufacturing supply chains and the issues that underlie low cost merchandise and corporate profits. A fictional setting allows that message to be conveyed to a wider audience than a nonfiction book on the topic might. If it gets one reader to pay attention the next time he or she buys a piece of clothing, then it succeeds in its mission. I know that I will remember the names of the characters and their stories.

 

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Reviewed for NetGalley

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/a-harvest-of-thorns.html

City of Saints & Thieves

City of Saints & Thieves - Natalie C. Anderson

 

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is set in Kenya but is the story of refugees from the Congo. The book is at times slow and wraps up too neatly at the end. However, the main character of teenager Tina or Tiny Girl gives this book a young adult feel and creates a character you can cheer for. A promising debut novel.

 

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Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/city-of-saints-and-thieves.html

Nemesis

Nemesis (Project Nemesis) - Brendan Reichs

 

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs is a fun adventure of friendship, high school rivalries, the government, secret projects, and, the possible end of the world. The book is full of twists and turns. The ending is a cliffhanger; so, I hope there are more books coming in Project Nemesis. Bottom line, I enjoy the story. Even more so, because I think this book works for me and my kids, it gets high marks from me.

 

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Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/nemesis.html

Dust Bowl Girls

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory - Lydia Reeder

Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder captures a moment - a season - in history in great detail. The connection I do not find in the book is with the individuals – players or coach – themselves. This one leaves with with an interesting bit of Oklahoma and basketball history I did not know about, but not a memorable narrative of people who will stay with me.

 

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Reviewed for NetGalley

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/02/dust-bowl-girls.html

Pretty Little World

Pretty Little World - Elizabeth LaBan, Melissa DePino

 

The premise - a modern day commune – of Pretty Little World by Melissa DePino and Elizabeth LaBan is intriguing. The “decision” of the characters to make their lifestyle a secret and some of the story lines the book pursues detract from that focus. Personal and marital issues exists in and out of communal living; I would rather the focus had stayed with the story lines centered around the shared living experience.

 

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Reviewed for NetGalley

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/pretty-little-world.html

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook

The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook - Helen You, Max Falkowitz

I love cookbooks that begin by saying that we will teach you the basic rules. Then, feel free to experiment. That is what The Dumpling Galaxy Cookbook by Helen You delivers. The first ten pages are the basics of how to make a dumpling. The remaining sections are about the flavors - classic, green, faraway, and dessert. Recipe introductions and tips sprinkled throughout add to the learning. This book packs a lot of knowledge into a relatively small package.

 

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Reviewed for the Blogging for Books program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/the-dumpling-galaxy-cookbook.html

The Futures

The Futures - Anna Pitoniak

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak is the story of Evan and Julia as they tackle “real” life in New York after graduating from Yale University. Set in the 2008 meltdown of the stock market, this book has its highs and lows. I am somewhat torn how I feel. Enough compels me to keep reading to see where this “coming of age” story goes and to say that this is a promising debut novel.

 

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Reviewed for NetGalley

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/the-futures.html

Everything Belongs to Us

Everything Belongs to Us - Yoojin Grace Wuertz

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz is the story of four young people set in the student protests against an authoritarian regime in South Korea. What I expected was politics and history anchored around the story of these four individuals. What the book delivers, however, is more a soap opera centered around their lives. Unfortunately, for me, the story completely overtakes the history. 

 

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Reviewed for NetGalley and the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/everything-belongs-to-us.html

My (not so) Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella checks all the boxes of an enjoyable light read. It gives me what I expect. The book also leaves a message about being true to yourself and not believing everything you read on social media. (I know! Shocking, right? Not!) A predictable story, lots of laughs, a little romance, and the beautiful English countryside make this book a lovely escape from daily life.


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Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/my-not-so-perfect-life.html

Windy City Blues

Windy City Blues - Renee Rosen

 

Windy City Blues by Renée Rosen takes us to the birth of the Chicago Blues to during the 1940s through the 1960s . This story follows the history of Chess Records. The premise of the book and the historical background setup for a fascinating story. The book, however, scatters its focus with too many characters and too much name dropping. I keep reading it as an interesting historical narration, but the main characters get a little lost.

 

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Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/windy-city-blues.html

The Sleepwalker

The Sleepwalker: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian

I am a fan of Chris Bohjalian's books two reasons. One because I find myself reading unstoppably from start to end. Second because each book that I have read takes on a completely different topic meticulously researched. I have enjoyed the books to varying degrees but always appreciated the thoughtfulness with which the topic is handled. The Sleepwalker is no different as it takes on parasomnia and a family's grief. Stayed up to read it!

 

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Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/the-sleepwalker.html

Setting Free The Kites

Setting Free the Kites - Alex George

A coming of age story. A story of friendship. A story of loss and grief. All of these come together in Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. The memorable writing places me in the heart of Haverford, Maine. In fact, I love the storytelling in this book more more than the actual story. Some twists and connections in the plot leave me wondering, but the storytelling weaves everything together in a way that keep me reading.

 

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Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/setting-free-kites.html

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson - Nancy  Peacock

Reading The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock is an immersive experience.The history of this book is that of slavery and the fate of the First Nations; be ready to be uncomfortable at the atrocities described and the language used. The first person-narrative creates a deeply personal memoir-like feel; I walk through Persimmon Wilson's life with him and "live" the history through his eyes.

 

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Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/the-life-and-times-of-persimmon-wilson.html

The Underground Culinary Tour

The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today's Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats - Damian Mogavero, Joseph D'Agnese, Danny Meyer

The idea of The Underground Culinary Tour by Damian Mogavero and Joseph D'Agnese is simple to understand. Appropriate use of appropriate data can help restaurateurs improve their performance and help demystify that "something" that keeps customers coming back. Implementing the idea may be something quite different. As a reader not in the food industry, this book, couched in a memoir-like narrative, is an entertaining and easy to read behind-the-scenes look at the hospitality industry.

 

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Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/the-underground-culinary-tour.html

The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

That focal point of the immigrant experience is the strong undercurrent of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Even stronger is how the story revolves around the idea whether things in life happen for a reason or by mere chance. Overall, the structure of the book works. It begins to mimic the cover of the book, as the threads of these individual lives intertwine and have effects far beyond what the individual can imagine.

 

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Reviewed for the Blogging for Books program.

 

Source: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/01/the-sun-is-also-star.html