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About booknationbyjen

I love reading and write about great books on my blog https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com

Being Alone, Delia Owens, and Where the Crawdads Sing

Habitually early, I walked into the Fairfield Library book event and took a seat in the front row.  I prefer to have an unobstructed view to the speaker and don’t feel shy about sitting alone in the center of the … Continue reading

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The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

My Review: The Home for Unwanted Girls is the compelling story of Maggie (based on the author’s mother) and her family set in 1950s Canada.  At that time orphanages were being converted to hospitals for financial benefit.  The Quebec government … Continue reading

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On Color by David Scott Kastan with Stephen Farthing

    My Review: David Scott Kastan, a  George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University and Stephen Farthing, an artist and elected member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Emeritus Fellow of St. Edmund Hall, … Continue reading

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The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

My Review:   The Sun Does Shine is a powerful and important memoir, showing a discouraging side of our legal system and an incredible testament of stamina and hope. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of murder in Alabama and … Continue reading

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My Literary, Artsy and Beachy Summer Adventures 2018

This has been a busy summer for me as I have enjoyed many books, from family sagas like A Place For Us, to stories of strong women like The Weight Of Ink, to page turners and beach reads like Something … Continue reading

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From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

My Review: Twenty something Beck is living in DC, enjoying time with her boyfriend, working a part time teaching job and part time at Lululemon, trying to make ends meet, when she answers an ad for a job as a … Continue reading

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Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

My Review: If you are looking for a book to bring to the beach this weekend, here it is!  Not Her Daughter is a gripping page turner that had me completely swept up in the drama and questioning what is … Continue reading

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Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

My Review: If you feel like you could use a boost of self confidence or reassurance that you are who you are supposed to be, or you want to think about acceptance, your own as well as getting along with … Continue reading

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Vox by Christina Dalcher

  My review: Get ready to read this one, sure to be all over social media this fall!  As we can imagine, contention in government could lead to citizens’ rights being taken away, and in Vox, author Christina Dalcher goes … Continue reading

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