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Karen Rigby, Book Reviewer

Book Review

Apocalypse: Managed

by Karen Rigby

An engaging, ragtag group makes their way through a changed landscape in "Apocalypse: Managed", an eccentric end times novel. In Jonathan Andrew’s amusing farcical novel "Apocalypse: Managed" a British middle manager defends his... Read More

Book Review

The People We Choose

by Karen Rigby

Family, friendship, and love convene in "The People We Choose", Katelyn Detweiler’s sensitive novel about a teenager’s revelatory summer. Not long before she turns eighteen, Calliope starts dating Max, her new artistic neighbor;... Read More

Book Review

Down with This Ship

by Karen Rigby

In Katie Kingman’s humorous novel "Down with This Ship", a high school junior who leads a double life as a blogger is exposed. But in this sweet exploration of ambition and romance, the introverted, panicky girl discovers that her... Read More

Book Review

Not the Real Jupiter

by Karen Rigby

Amateur sleuth and literary translator Cassandra Reilly returns in Barbara Wilson’s "Not the Real Jupiter", an engrossing mystery about the secrets behind a small Portland press. Cassandra is translating the work of a fiery Uruguayan,... Read More

Book Review

Barcelona Dreaming

by Karen Rigby

Linked by incisive narrators and chance encounters, Rupert Thomson’s alluring novel "Barcelona Dreaming" braids three stories into a lush exploration of love and unmet longings. In “The Giant of Sarriá,” Amy, a British expat,... Read More

Book Review

Grow Wild

by Karen Rigby

Pandemic parenting. Zoom meetings. Virtual school. If you’ve coped with looking at devices all year, Katy Bowman’s "Grow Wild" will strike you as a gentle, cautionary guide about kids’ “super-sedentary” environments, and how... Read More

Book Review

The Street Belongs to Us

by Karen Rigby

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez vivifies a 1984 Los Angeles summer in "The Street Belongs to Us", a nostalgic novel about friendship and family. Best friends Alex and Wolf thrive on Muscatel Avenue. When a construction project to add... Read More

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