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Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins · NYJB Review

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Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins This review was originally published by the New York Journal of Books. Caul Baby is an ambitious and unique novel set in a Harlem neighborhood where a powerful Creole family, the Melancons, conduct a secretive trade from their bodega storefront.…By jbadmin|
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The Value of a Grown-Up Gap Year

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This essay was originally published in the Travel section of Moms Don't Have Time To as "The Value of a Grown-Up Gap Year." I was skiing my way onto a chairlift at the Crested Butte ski resort in Colorado when a fellow masked and ‘single’ rider asked if he could join me. After…By jbadmin|
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Zero O’Clock by C.J. Farley

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Zero O'Clock by C.J. Farley In the first line of CJ Farley’s latest novel, Zero O'Clock, Geth Montego says she “would give anything to make old people remember what it’s like to be a teenager.” To that, I say “mission accomplished." Not only did she take me back to that…By jbadmin|
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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel The Glass Hotel is the type of book that surprises you with where it ends up. The characters are terrific and the weaving of their experiences is deft. The main character, Vincent, is a whip-smart, beautiful, wounded soul. I especially enjoyed…By jbadmin|
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Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

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Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell Where to start? The premise, the language, the way the structure weaves around events and characters. We have all grown up with Shakespeare, but to dive into this historical speculation is a treat nobody should miss. Titled "Hamnet," after Shakespeare's…By jbadmin|
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A Quest for Quiet and the Ability to Live in it

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This essay was originally published on Medium.com. My husband and I are on a road trip this winter. With freedom heralded in by an empty nest and working from home, we loaded the car on New Year’s Day and began driving west. We’re keeping to ourselves, preparing and eating our…By jbadmin|
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Eden: A Novel

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