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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

The Lightning Jar

by Michelle Anne Schingler

In Christian Felt’s eerie and wondrous "The Lightning Jar", an outwardly ordinary Swedish family’s history is plumbed for its most extraordinary dreams and aspirations. Amanda and Karl spend their summer perched on the edge of a... Read More

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Translating the Soul

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Marjorie Agosín’s essays positively ache at moments: when she’s describing what it’s like to make home in a liminal space; as she calls out across time to memorialize family members who were brutally ripped away. And yet... Read More

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Plum Rains

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Andromeda Romano-Lax’s near-future novel, "Plum Rains", gracefully explores ethical questions around artificial intelligence with refreshing humanity. Anji already has worries aplenty when her employer, Itou, surprises their household... Read More

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Mother of Invention

by Michelle Anne Schingler

On its surface, "Mother of Invention" is a quasi-feminist speculative novel about reinventing the way that women give birth. In her forties and childless only partially by choice, Tessa, a biotech whiz, finds the prospect of shortening... Read More

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