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Karen Rigby, Book Reviewer

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Norse Hearts

by Karen Rigby

The novel doesn’t gloss over the realities of Viking life but is careful to draw characters with shaded nuances. Robynn Gabel’s bristling ninth-century romance "Norse Hearts" forges an unlikely match against the violence of the era.... Read More

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Cherry Blossoms

by Karen Rigby

Somewhere in between destiny and chance, a man who has bitterly withdrawn from the world receives an invitation to rejoin it in Kim Hooper’s "Cherry Blossoms". Thirty-four-year-old sardonic Jonathan Krause plans to commit suicide after... Read More

Book Review

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen

by Karen Rigby

"Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" illuminates a slice of art history with ravishing acuity. Camille Laurens examines Marie van Goethem, the young model and dancer of Degas fame, in a tribute that melds research with quotations, intelligent... Read More

Book Review

The Book of Rumi

by Karen Rigby

Maryam Mafi’s luminous translation brings the Persian poet Rumi’s distinctive and timeless Sufi lessons to a new audience, transforming the original verses into prose that conveys the vibrancy of the medieval setting while also... Read More

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Ready, Set, GOrilla!

by Karen Rigby

"Ready, Set, GOrilla!" is a lighthearted take on serious decisions and consequences. Melissa Stoller’s "Ready, Set, GOrilla!" highlights sportsmanship in an entertaining animal race. Illustrated by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, this picture... Read More

Book Review

The Road Taken

by Karen Rigby

A personal account of a full life, "The Road Taken" is a memoir that captures all of the highlights. Through a series of spare vignettes, the memoir "The Road Taken" revisits Rema Lim’s milestones. Black-and-white family photographs... Read More

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