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Michelle Anne Schingler, Book Reviewer

Ever since a kind librarian gifted a discarded board book to a very young Michelle, she’s regarded books as transformational. Her transition from divinity school into library work and book reviewing felt like a natural one. She likes books that surprise her by making her laugh out loud, that make her feel new and widening feelings, and that brim with quirkiness, and she still cannot resist the magic of a free book. She is the managing editor of Foreword Reviews.

Book Review

On the Plain of Snakes

by Michelle Anne Schingler

With the confidence that Mexico’s respect for people of retirement age would ferry him safely through the dangers hinted at by the state department, Paul Theroux set out to drive across Mexico, a trip recorded in "On the Plain of... Read More

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Dark Skies

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Most human beings live with light pollution; in the US, 99 percent of people exist under blank skies, drenched in artificial light. But when you travel to dark sites, you “fill that blankness with the entire universe above you.” If... Read More

Book Review

Freeman's

by Michelle Anne Schingler

California—land of golden dreams, proud melting pot, home to both the poor and the unimaginably rich—is an amalgam. Her complexities are captured in the essays of Freeman’s: California, which reaches across time and cultures to... Read More

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Baltic

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Simon Bajada’s enticing and inspiring cookbook "Baltic" is an ode to a region that, though influenced by outsiders, remains all its own. Bajada presents the post-Soviet cuisines of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as diverse and... Read More

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The Silver Wind

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Nina Allan’s "The Silver Wind" is a twisting, haunting work of speculative fantasy, pulsing with the dull ache of a fading dream and intoxicating its audience with disorienting what-ifs. When Owen, a clockmaker’s apprentice, is... Read More

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The Dollmaker

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Nina Allan’s exquisite and strange "The Dollmaker" is a postmodern fairy tale, both whimsical and aching in its appeal. Andrew felt lost among his contemporaries until he discovered that he had a gift for fashioning discarded and... Read More

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Solar System

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Beginning from the beginning—the Big Bang, to be precise—this gorgeous exploration of our solar system is replete with informative flaps, flip-up factoids, and beautiful collages depicting the colorful night sky and life planetside.... Read More

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