Book reviews

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

In The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, Louise Brooks is a young free spirit who doesn’t care what society thinks of her. Cora Carlisle, on the other hand, is a middle-aged married woman with unflinching morals. In 1922, Louise makes an important trip to New York with Cora as her traveling companion. It is a journey that will profoundly change both women forever.

Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

Dark Night of the Soul book cover

In the 16th century, a man of infinite faith and superior education questioned both and penned a classic of spiritual reading that resonates today.

The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells ed. by Miriam DeCosta-Willis

The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells

What were famous people like, before they became legends? There's something in us that wants to know. Movie theatres will often show high school graduation pictures of movie stars and ask, "Can you recognize this person?" Well, The Memphis Diaries of Ida B. Wells feeds the same curious urge.

Love is Many Splendid Things

The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger

For women, it’s not about the stuff, it’s about the love. All-consuming love is just too intoxicating to ignore and after years growing up in the afterglow of the ERA and that “woman-man-fish-bicycle” mantra, we’re finding new targets for our passions. Hence, some women’s compulsive devotion to cats, firefighting, and shopping. Our personal obsessions make us who we are and you have to love us for them. Check out some of the books about what some women love and why.

Atlantic by Simon Winchester

Atlantic book cover

Water makes up most of planet Earth. However, does one every really think about the ocean without standing on its shore? Simon Winchester in Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Discoveries, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories examines the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean which has fascinated him for years.