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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

Call Them by Their True Names

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Rebecca Solnit wants you to act. She wants you to abandon naive cynicism and reject resting in anger. She wants you to engage the issues and go about the hard work of effecting change. And she believes that you can do it. Given the fiery... Read More

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The Midcentury Kitchen

by Michelle Anne Schingler

While it was once a hot and avoided workers’ domain, by midcentury the American kitchen had become a “discrete living space: cozy, welcoming, and packed with conveniences.” Sarah Archer’s bright new book "The Midcentury Kitchen"... Read More

Book Review

Light from Other Stars

by Michelle Anne Schingler

In Erika Swyler’s glittering novel "Light from Other Stars", Nedda has sky-high dreams of following in Judith Resnik’s footsteps but finds herself subject to the reckless whims of others. In her childhood, it was Nedda’s brilliant,... Read More

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The Record Keeper

by Michelle Anne Schingler

In Agnes Gomillion’s gripping science fiction debut, "The Record Keeper", Arika is born in a postwar, resource-ravaged world and is plucked from her community’s nursery for a position of power. Arika may have a warm bed, clean... Read More

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Castle of Concrete

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Imagine becoming an adult under the imposing shadow of the Soviet Union. That’s what Sonya faces when she’s pulled down from her quiet life in Siberia to rejoin her mother, a Jewish dissident, in the USSR’s waning days. In Katia... Read More

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Come the Tide

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Nimble and effusive, the tales of Sam Reese’s "Come the Tide" are an aesthete’s paradise, moving from haunting snapshots toward often amorphous conclusions. There are bronzed commas of bodies, vines climbing walls like elaborate... Read More

Book Review

East

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Job was born just in time to watch the promise of the former United States fade definitively away. Kirk Kjeldsen’s darkly realistic postapocalyptic novel "East" begins in the small Oregon town where Job grew up—where the mines lie... Read More

Book Review

Sync

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Plumbing the possibilities of travels through the multiverse, K. P. Kyle’s science fiction thriller "Sync" sets two ordinary people against powerful and nefarious forces. On a dark expanse of New England road, Brigid is so caught up in... Read More

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