Word Girl

Carlene Meredith Cogliati's To Durchhalten

(July 26, 2018) Amy Dixon, the protagonist of Carlene Meredith Cogliati's To Durchhalten, loves words — their shape on a page and their sound, which she can almost taste on her tongue. She...

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American Prometheus: Carnegie's Captain, Bill Jones

A family memoir by Tom Gage

(July 12, 2018) Why did tycoon Andrew Carnegie keep Bill Jones' portrait in his bedchamber? Gratitude? Because Jones, the engineering genius, made the Carnegie-owned Edgar Thomson Steel Works (ET) the world's most...

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Shift Happens

A memoir by Margot Genger

(May 10, 2018) Overwhelmed by a failed marriage and a traumatic broken engagement, Margot Genger found temporary relief in alcohol and casual relationships. When she careened into a manic episode that led to...

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A Tale of Young Grief

J. Lynn Bailey's Standing Sideways

(February 22, 2018) Fortuna author J. Lynn Bailey's emotional second YA novel begins with the death of Jasper Stone. His twin sister Livia is plunged into a grief so profound that she finds...

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Catch of the Day

The Sea Forager's Guide by Kirk Lombard

(October 19, 2017) I have been following Kirk Lombard's blog, The Monkeyface News, for years now. His delightful writing style is a poetic blend of personal experience, history, humor and even a haiku...

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A SoHum Horror Story

Kind Nepenthe by Matthew V. Brockmeyer

(September 28, 2017) OK, first off, so you won't be thinking about it for the rest of this review: "Nepenthe, Wikipedia tells us, is "a fictional medicine for sorrow — a 'drug of...

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