| Checked Out: February Book Review- Empire Of Sin |

If you haven’t been able to tell by my previous blog post, New Orleans was a place that left me spellbound, captivated by the surrounding sights and intrigued to learn more about the history of such an eclectic, eccentric world. I picked up Gary Krist’s “Empire of Sin” at the “Librairie Bookshop” on Chartres Street; […]

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| Checked Out: January Book Review II- More Than You Know |

It’s a cold, snowy night in Virginia and I am compelled to cozy up with a blanket and jot down a few thoughts about the book I just finished, “More Than You Know,” by Beth Gutcheon. The story unfolds in Dundee, Maine; An old woman confides in the reader immediately by declaring an eery revelation: […]

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| Checked Out: January Book Review- A Gentleman In Moscow |

My goal was to read twelve books in 2018, a feat that I have not been able to accomplish for several years. Although I am disappointed that I didn’t quite cross the finish line, I am still proud of the strides that I made in not only reading, but reviewing and recommending ten books over […]

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| Checked Out: October Book Review- The Next Person You Meet In Heaven |

“Best. Day. Ever.” I sent those three words and a picture of Mitch Albom’s book, “The Next Person You Meet In Heaven” to my best friend, just two days after the novel arrived on bookshelves. We exchanged words of giddy elation, sent a few dozen exclamation points back and forth before I put my phone […]

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| Checked Out: September Book Review- Brida |

After I fell in love with “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho at the beginning of the year, his name caught my eye while scanning library shelves on my last visit. I picked up “Brida” and the back cover sounded interesting enough to check the book out: It foreshadowed, according to the summary, “a tale of […]

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| Checked Out: August Book Review- Girl, Wash Your Face |

Confession: I haven’t read too many self-help books in my thirty-year lifetime. In the past three years, however, my personal outlook has moved from “ignorance is bliss” to “holy sh*t, who/ what/ where am I?” Things have changed quite a bit. I wake up married, blissfully bound by “till death, do us part.” When the […]

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| Checked Out: July Book Review- Gift From The Sea |

As mentioned previously, one of my favorite books of all time is “The Aviator’s Wife,” by Melanie Benjamin, a historical, imaginative account of one of the world’s most well-known couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I knew a little about Charles Lindbergh from elementary school days and my current close proximity to the Smithsonian […]

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