| 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: 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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| Checked Out: June Book Review- Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald |

“The Great Gatsby” is one of my all-time favorite books, so F. Scott Fitzgerald has long been a legendary name in my mind. I knew little of his character, however, and the life he led; was only well acquainted with Daisy Buchanan, Jay Gatsby, and Nick Carraway from his most acclaimed novel. So when scrolling […]

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| Checked Out: May Book Review- Little Fires Everywhere |

I read Celeste Ng’s “All The Things I Never Told You” in 2016 and loved it: After ten years of reading nothing but Nicholas Sparks, Jodie Picoult and Luanne Rice I finally got my hands on a book that didn’t involve wholesome lovers and happy endings. I suddenly craved something a little more thematic, diverse, […]

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| Checked Out: April Book Review- The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto |

I brought “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” on my trip to Italy, thinking that my days would be spent in our private villa, sipping Chianti, nibbling on prosciutto and provolone roll ups while combing through this 512-page book. Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors, so even though the weight of the hardcover […]

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| Checked Out: March Book Review- The Alchemist |

My March Book Review doesn’t need a build up: I’ll come right out and say it. “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho, took my breath away. While on a work trip earlier this year, I got into a “book bucket list” discussion with a friend when he asked me if I had ever read “The Alchemist.” […]

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