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'89 Walls

by Sara Budzik

This mature novel for young adults explores growing up and developing political opinions, even while bringing the decade of boom boxes and big hair to life. The 1980s was a unique decade in American social and political history, and... Read More

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Free Your Mind

by Sara Budzik

At its core, this book introduces principles and ideas that separate daydreams from reality and encourage fulfillment from within. The bright pink cover with a line drawing of a brain and fun font indicates that Free Your Mind: A... Read More

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Sapphire

by Sara Budzik

Graham has a lot of incredible material at his disposal in this refreshing historical thriller. Introducing a refreshing change to a genre of espionage dominated by memorable male heroes, Thomas Graham Jr.‘s "Sapphire" is an... Read More

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The Double

by Sara Budzik

Takolander’s talent for narrating intimate tragedies across age, gender, and time reveals her as a master of the quiet and deeply personal storm. As a first book of short fiction, "The Double" is surprisingly eerie, restrained, and... Read More

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If Nuns Ruled the World

by Sara Budzik

Piazza explores the missions of these ten powerful nuns with admiration and a feminist spirit. At the heart of the Catholic Church—navigating declining numbers of new nuns, criticism, and internal pressures to uphold prescribed... Read More

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Ruin

by Sara Budzik

This study of exile reinvents the meaning of “home” and sheds light on how humanity defines separateness—from people, from places, from truth. There are many reasons a people may find themselves exiled, and not all of the reasons... Read More

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Five Bullets

by Sara Budzik

Duberstein captures heartbreaking ennui with his disciplined volley between time periods and details stabbing out at unexpected moments. "Five Bullets" is a story of two men—Karel Bondy, a father and husband who escaped from Auschwitz... Read More

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Van Laven Chronicles

by Sara Budzik

A fresh guilty-pleasure series, this powerful story is the perfect marriage of science fiction and romance. Science fiction, along with a nod to the ancient world, brings unique settings and characters to Tyler Chase’s romance, Van... Read More

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