Foreword Reviews

Karen Rigby, Book Reviewer

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Some Laneys Died

by Karen Rigby

"Some Laneys Died" is a young adult novel whose heroine learns that choices are endless, and that no matter the sorrows, love intervenes. In Brooke Skipstone’s spellbinding psychological thriller "Some Laneys Died", alternate lives... Read More

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Young Americans

by Karen Rigby

"Young Americans" is a visceral novel about treachery, filled with colorful period details. In Peter S. Rush’s "Young Americans", a hard-boiled crime novel set in the 1970s, an ambitious marijuana dealer is betrayed after he tries... Read More

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Dylan's Birthday Present

by Karen Rigby

Dylan’s Birthday Present is a light educational title that concerns diversity, problem-solving, and a sweet friendship. A multicultural boy chases a lost chicken in Victor D. O. Santos’s enthusiastic picture book, Dylan’s Birthday... Read More

Book Review

La Leona

by Karen Rigby

In James Gallant’s erudite short story collection, "La Leona", musicians witness European history from the sidelines. These intricate stories traverse medieval Spain, Elizabethan Denmark, and revolutionary France. In “Isaac Albéniz... Read More

Book Review

American Follies

by Karen Rigby

Norman Lock’s dark, carnivalesque "American Follies" mines the seamier side of the 1880s through a woman’s febrile imagination and New York sojourns. Ellen, who was once Henry James’s typist, now helps Susan B. Anthony and... Read More

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These Nameless Things

by Karen Rigby

In a purgatorial village that’s dwindled to nine members—all of whom were traumatized in a mountainous “city of suffering”—change is brewing. Shawn Smucker’s "These Nameless Things" is an enigmatic allegory on post-traumatic... Read More

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