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Book Review

Man Up

by Ashley Holstrom

An uplifting coming-of-age novel in which a high school senior figures out how to be himself, Kim Oclon’s "Man Up" finds David wondering how to come out to his baseball team. Heading into his final year, David is feeling good. He has a... Read More

Book Review

Starling Days

by Jessie Horness

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s novel "Starling Days" is a gentle treatise on the anatomy of sadness, wherein the many manifestations of modern melancholy raise questions about what it truly means to be “okay.” Mina wants to silence the... Read More

Book Review

The Prettiest Star

by Eileen Gonzalez

A family grapples with prejudice and impending loss in Carter Sickels’s historical novel "The Prettiest Star". In 1980, Brian ran away from his conservative hometown and arrived in New York City, where he could live openly as a gay... Read More

Book Review

Walker's Key

by Jeremiah Rood

Hinging on the question of whether it is sometimes necessary to kill in order to stop evil, Walker’s Key is a satisfying and dramatic historical novel. Set in the Florida Keys, Frank B. Haddleton’s suspenseful historical novel... Read More

Book Review

Snuck Past Death and Sleep

by Claire Foster

"Snuck Past Death and Sleep" is a descriptive and provocative historical novel about homophobia on college campuses. Benjamin Norman Pierce’s novel "Snuck Past Death and Sleep" concentrates on a tense period on a college campus in the... Read More

Book Review

Ceremonials

by Karen Rigby

Gloom and grief coalesce in Katharine Coldiron’s delicate "Ceremonials", a poetic love story between classmates that erases the line between the living and the dead. Inspired by Florence + the Machine’s album of the same name, this... Read More

Book Review

The Wanting Life

by Meagan Logsdon

Mark Rader’s "The Wanting Life" is a cross-generational novel focused on happiness, fulfillment, and love. Father Paul Novack is dying. Foregoing chemotherapy, he’s resigned to letting the cancer run its course. He and his sister,... Read More

Book Review

Virtuoso

by Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers

Haunted and haunting, Yelena Moskovich’s "Virtuoso" shifts through gradients of the past and the present, capturing the tumult and change of the 1990s and early 2000s in Czechoslovakia, the US, and France. Told through multiple unique,... Read More

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