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Linda Thorlakson, Book Reviewer

Linda Thorlakson’s passion for reading fuels her quest to live life to the fullest. She’s drawn to any well-written book regardless of its genre—especially those inspiring appreciation of people for their flaws and quirks rather than despite them, while offering views of the world from perspectives significantly different from her own.

As a reviewer, Linda’s mission is to probe each book for its potential to not only expand a reader’s world, but to change and expand his or her experience of life within it.

Book Review

The Quelling

by Linda Thorlakson

The rush of a whodunit pales next to Barbara Barrow’s what’ve-they-done-and-why, "The Quelling". The novel instantly achieves page-turner status through vexing questions. Why are two youngsters being raised by television nature... Read More

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The Frighteners

by Linda Thorlakson

In The Frighteners: A Journey Through Our Cultural Fascination with the Macabre, Reverend Peter Laws simultaneously serves as scholarly tour guide and terror-driven participant through terrains inhabited by vampires, biblical characters,... Read More

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Refuge

by Linda Thorlakson

Is Merilyn Simonds’s "Refuge" a fictional memoir, a historical novel, or an exploration of the causes and results of seeking refuge? It’s all three, as it turns out, and a mystery besides. Questions hover over ninety-six-year-old... Read More

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The Iconoclast's Journal

by Linda Thorlakson

Terry Griggs’s The Iconoclast’s Journal compels thoughts, things, places, and faces to populate its pages with their hidden stories: too outrageous to be believed yet too convincing to be doubted, and universally successful in... Read More

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The Ghosts of Gombe

by Linda Thorlakson

Jane Goodall’s research center on the shores of a Tanzanian lake pulsates with the passions, perils, and promises of the 1960s in Dale Peterson’s "The Ghosts of Gombe". The book seeks to solve the mysterious disappearance of a... Read More

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