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The Family Gene
A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future
By Joselin Linder
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 13th 2018.
The Family Gene by Joselin LinderJoselin Linder tells the story of herself and her family who have an extremely rare genetic mutation that causes medical problems that lead to death. She starts out talking about her physician father's illness and death, which was alarming for the whole family. Then there's a retrospective look at previous deaths in their family that must have been due to the same problem. After this, Linder goes into her own life, talking about her college days, indulging in some drug use, her love life, and her rather meandering career in her twenties. Her life also involved her helping take care of her aili
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The Only Girl in the World
A Memoir
By Maude Julien
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 6th 2018.
Maude Julien, a French therapist, tells her own story of abuse by her parents. Her father was the source of the problem, driven by bizarre political beliefs that center on the Third Reich and survivalist tendencies. He aims to raise Maude as a girl with extraordinary qualities who will have almost superhuman qualities. When he was middle aged he first chose his wife, and then in his fifties he moved them to a secluded house in rural northern France to raise their child. He indoctrinated both his wife and child, and his wife also collaborated with him in his cruel treatment of their daughter. T
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The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Losers Bracket
By Chris Crutcher
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 23rd 2018.
Losers Bracket by Chris CrutcherLosers Bracket is about a 17-year-old girl Annie with a drug-using seriously overweight mother Nancy and an absent father. She has an older sister Sheila who is already a mother to 5-year-old Frankie who is always getting into fights and paints the bathroom and bedroom with his poop when he gets stressed. Annie is a fast-talking girl with anger issues who is not inclined to do what she is told or to tell the truth when it is not convenient to her. She gets into trouble pretty often but people realize that her life is no picnic. Annie lives with a foster family and her foster father, Pop H
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Knife Creek
A Mike Bowditch Mystery
By Paul Doiron
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 16th 2018.
Knife Creek is a well-constructed detective story set in rural western Maine. It is narrated by Mike Bowditch, who is a Park Warden with responsibility for the local area. He and his girlfriend are in the woods getting chased by wild pigs when they stumble upon the corpse of a baby. Bowditch starts investigating by asking questions in the local area, and he makes another discovery, two women living in a remote rented house in seclusion, both wearing red wigs. The one who talks to him is hostile, and he is suspicious. But when he goes back to the house again to follow up, it explodes and h
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Knife Creek by Paul Doiron

Always Forever Maybe
By Anica Mrose Rissi
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Oct 2nd 2018.
Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose RissiThis YA novel is about a girl being physically abused by her boyfriend, and how she gets sucked into believing it is her fault. Not only that, but Betts also blows off her best friend Jo because she wants to be with Aiden. There's a real challenge in getting the right balance in narration, since Betts, who tells her own story, has to be a sympathetic character, but also in some ways has to be seen to lack judgment or lose control of her own actions. She is a high school senior and Aiden is older than her, so she is soon on her way to college. Indeed, she is going to a highly rated school, so s
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Family and Other Catastrophes
By Alexandra Borowitz
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 21st 2018.
Emily and David are getting married. They are in their late twenties, they live in San Francisco, and they love each other. But Emily is very anxious and insecure, as we see in the opening scenes, when they are flying to New York. Emily is convinced that there is a terrorist boarding the plane and she questions the flight attendant about why she called her ma'am and asks her what age she thinks she looks. So she makes interactions awkward.  We see how this makes sense when we see her mother, a therapist, who endlessly criticizes Emily and respects no boundaries. Although Emily and David h
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Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz

Release
By Patrick Ness
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Aug 14th 2018.
Release by Patrick NessAdam is 17 and gay. He lives in small town Washington State. His parents are evangelical Christians. He has a best friend, Angela, who he tells everything to, and who covers for him when he needs to lie to his parents. He has a boyfriend but he is still very preoccupied by his ex. Release tells the story of one day of crisis, where he is planning to go to a farewell party for his ex. His boss at a big-box store is sexually harassing him. His brother, a committed Christian in the tradition of their parents, tells Adam that gay love is not real love. And the difficulties keep on coming
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Not a Crime to Be Poor
The Criminalization of Poverty in America
By Peter Edelman
Review by Brian Morreale on Tue, Aug 7th 2018.
Although America is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the endless cycle of poverty is raising concern among other nations. Many scholars, politicians, social workers, and teachers work to reduce poverty and provide greater opportunities for people less fortunate. Peter Edelman’s recent book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America, calls for reform within our social programs and judicial system.           Edelman discusses the flaws in the American court system to which low income families fall victi
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Not a Crime to Be Poor by Peter Edelman

 
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