• Reclamation
    Reclamation:  Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant’s Search for her Family’s Lasting Legacy by Gayle Jessup White, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2021, 266 pages, $27.99 The grounds of Monticello, the stately Potomac River plantation house of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States, is the site of two… Book Reviews
  • Instructions for Dancing
    Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon. New York : Delacorte Press, [2021] Love romance novels? Evie Thomas, the main character of Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon, does! Seventeen-year-old Evie is a die-hard romantic who knows true love exists because she can see it in her parents’ love for each… Book Reviews
  • The Light of Days
    The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judith Batalion; New York, NY : William Morrow, [2020]. Published in April of last year, The Light of Days was an instant New York Times bestseller which follows a collection of unbelievably brave and cunning… Book Reviews
  • The Foundling
    “The Foundling: The true story of a kidnapping, a family secret, and my search for the real me” by Paul Joseph Fronczak, New York:  Howard Books, 2017 Paul Joseph Fronczak first learned of his murky paternity as a 10-year-old after stumbling over yellowed newspaper articles describing the kidnapping of a… Book Reviews
  • Not The Witch You Wed
    “Not The Witch You Wed,” by April Asher. Copyright 2022, Griffin (352 pages, $13.99). Who doesn’t love a little magic with their romance? April Asher’s first book in her new “Supernatural Singles” series is a modern take on witches, shape shifters, and other supernaturals and how Asher’s cast of 30-something… Book Reviews
  • Living Nations, Living Words
    “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry” Collected and with an Introduction by Joy Harjo, 23rd U.S Poet Laureate. Forward by Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress. W. W. Norton & Company. May 4th, 2021. 240 Pages. Joy Harjo, 23rd U.S Poet Laureate and member of the… Book Reviews
  • Midnight in Chernobyl
    “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster” by Adam Higginbotham; Simon & Schuster (560 pages, $30). Published in 2019, Midnight in Chernobyl is a thoroughly researched account of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster by Journalist Adam Higginbotham. Drawing on twenty years of research,… Book Reviews
  • Nimona
    Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015] Imagine a world where medieval knights go head to head with mustache-twirling supervillains, shapeshifters face-off against scientific experiments, and beneath its quirky, Monty Python-esque exterior nothing is as it seems.  This is the setting of Nimona.… Book Reviews
  • Unwise Passions
    “Unwise Passions:  A True Story of a Remarkable Women and the First Great Scandal of 18th Century America” by Alan P Crawford.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 2000, 329 pages, $27.50 Concealing a birth and incest were both crimes known to colonial America, and Virginia gentlewoman Nancy Randolph stood accused… Book Reviews
  • The Conductors
    The Conductors by Nicole Glover. Boston : A John Joseph Adams Book, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021. Imagine a world where Conductors on the Underground Railroad had magic; a sorcery drawn from the strength of their guiding stars. This is the premise behind The Conductors by Nicole Glover, the… Book Reviews
  • I am Malala
    “I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb; Little, Brown and Company (288 pages, $26). Published in October of 2013, I Am Malala is a memoir written by Malala Yousafzai, an incredibly brave young Pakistani woman… Book Reviews
  • Questland
    Questland by Carrie Vaughn. Boston : Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021. Questland is an ode to the love of all things geeky, from Lord of the Rings and Renaissance Faires to Dungeons & Dragons and Monty Python, placed in an adventure story reminiscent of Jurassic Park and the latest Jumanji… Book Reviews
  • Legendborn
    Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2020. Discover a world of hidden magic only 40 miles away from Alamance County in Legendborn, a retelling of Arthurian myth that takes place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. It was written by Tracy Deonn, a North Carolina… Book Reviews
  • Learning North Carolina History Through Historical Fiction
    In the past year, I have read two great books that shared an aspect of North Carolina history that I had known nothing about. More specifically, both were a part of African American North Carolina history, and I was a little embarrassed that I had never heard of the events/people… Book Reviews
  • Diamond Doris
     “Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World’s Most Notorious Jewel Thief” by Doris Payne with Zelda Lockhart; NY, HarperCollins Publishers, 2019. Published in late 2019, Diamond Doris is the exciting autobiography of living legend Doris Payne. Currently, Ms. Payne is but a sweet old lady that recently enjoyed her… Book Reviews
  • A Marvellous Light
    “A Marvellous Light” by Freya Marske. New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2021. Set in Edwardian London, A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske combines the period drama of Downtown Abbey with the magic of Harry Potter. Sir Robin Blythe shows up to his first day of work for the… Book Reviews
  • The Lost Colony Murder on the Outer Banks
     “The Lost Colony Murder on the Outer Banks” by John Railey.  Charleston, SC:  History Press, 2021.  204 pages, $21.99 The year 1967 is renowned as “The Summer of Love” in the United States, but in North Carolina’s coastal Outer Banks tourist area, it was “the summer of murder”.  On the… Book Reviews
  • Factfulness
    “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund; New York, Flatiron Books. 2018. Published in 2018, Factfulness is a book written by Swedish physician, professor of international health, and statistician Hans Rosling along… Book Reviews
  • The Official Harry Potter Baking Book
    “The Official Harry Potter Baking Book,” by Joanna Farrow. Copyright 2021, Scholastic Inc. (127 pages, $19.99). With the 20th anniversary of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being celebrated at the end of 2021, it seems fitting to revisit the wizarding world. And what better way… Book Reviews
  • Light From Uncommon Stars
    Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki. New York : Tor, 2021. What do a transgender violinist, the Queen of Hell, and a starship captain hiding in a donut shop have in common? They are the main characters of Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars, a heart-wrenchingly sincere science fiction… Book Reviews