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TLC Book Review: The Boy Who Loved Rain

The Boy Who Loved RainAuthor: Gerard Kelly

If you want eloquent language and a host of characters all fighting their own demons while tangled into a web that eventually weaves them together, The Boy Who Loved Rain will not disappoint. This fiction work intuitively touches on many matters of the human condition—religion, belief, teenage woes, and deception with the ocean, in all its vast glory as the backdrop to each character’s struggle (and triumph). (more…)

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On Writing in Books and Why I Do It

I sit in my favorite gray and white chevron chair and, under the soft light of my reading lamp, flip through a book I had particularly enjoyed upon the first reading. That book, Purple Hibiscus, spoke to my soul, and I found myself furiously penning notes and ideas in the margins. Now, I sit rereading my notes, and nostalgia takes over. I find myself catapulted back to that first reading of Purple Hibiscus, the exhilaration when an idea was illuminated for me, the excited anticipation of finding a recurring symbol. (more…)

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This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel

As reported by the AP, publisher, Harper, has announced that the author of To Kill a Mockingbird will be releasing a second novel this summer (July, specifically). This new novel will be Lee’s first since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, making it her second novel in over 50 years!  (more…)

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That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.

She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. (more…)

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TLC Book Tour Review: Where Have I Been All My Life?

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Author: Cheryl Rice

I was thrilled the day TLC Book Tours contacted me to be a book tour host. The first book they offered me was Cheryl Rice’s Where Have I Been All My Life? and being quite intrigued by the synopsis of Rice’s memoir, I quickly agreed to review it. (more…)

Review Fridays #9- Clash of the Couples

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Author(s)- “Some VERY Brave Men and Women” Editor- Crystal Ponti

While the cover may scare away more conservative readers (well… readers that wish to appear conservative, anyway) this might just be the Chicken Soup for the Hilarious, Long Standing, Tired Argument Between Couples. This collection of stories is very real and very relatable, which invites the reader right into its pages. (more…)