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'Good Intentions' by Kasim Ali

So ... wow. This one was a gut punch. Nur is a good Pakistani son, one who agonizes over making his parents proud and setting a good...

'Take My Hand' by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

'Take My Hand' is important American history, much of which--when it relates to the legacy of slavery and the stain of racism-- seems to...

'Post-Traumatic' by Chantal V. Johnson

Oh, Vivian. The main character in this book reminds me of the friend we all have---the one who is high-functioning and scarily smart, but...

'Nobody's Magic' by Destiny O. Birdsong

I'm really excited about this author. As someone who is not a big consumer of poetry, I wasn't aware of her previous work, but as a debut...

'Greenwich Park' by Katherine Faulkner

This one delivered on the suspense. 'Greenwich Park' begins with a letter to Helen, the main character, written by someone who has done...

'Like A Sister' by Kellye Garrett

I have to admit. This one was a sleeper. And by that, I don't mean it put me to sleep, but that it came out of nowhere. The set up for...

'I Know You' by Claire McGowan

This one opens with action right away, which is always a good thing: Rachel, out in the woods with her dog and ruminating about her life...

'Exciting Times' by Naoise Dolan

Ava is twentysomething and Irish, two characteristics that loom large in her self-image. For reasons not altogether clear, but vaguely...

'The Push' by Claire McGowan

Six couples, part of a pre-natal class gather at the swanky home of one of the couples after the birth of their babies to celebrate and...

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