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Poems by Elizabeth Bishop

a bookclique pick by Vicky Waldthausen I recently met Elizabeth Bishop. Not met, of course. But still, I feel her handshake, and I can’t seem to let her go. It is a handshake I want to remember. I’m surprised I’ve made it through this much of […]

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His Favorites by Kate Walbert

a bookclique pick by Rhoda Flaxman “But you may have a past already? The darkest ones come early.”-Willa Cather Kate Walbert’s His Favorites is a first-person account of a young woman who looks back at her adolescent experience at a Massachusetts boarding school in the […]

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Each child’s journey to adulthood has its own unique elements. Washington Black’s difficult, surprising, sometimes magical journey is the subject of this formidable novel by Esi Edugyan, Canadian author of the highly acclaimed Half Blood Blues. A slave in Barbados, young Washington Black witnesses unspeakable […]

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

a bookclique pick by Megan Brevard The mystery of love is at the heart of Rosie Walsh’s amazing novel, Ghosted.  Walsh writes about a fleeting love affair and the unexpected twist that takes readers into an emotional quest that can’t be set aside. I could […]

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The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzter

a bookclique pick by Currie Engel  I finished The Female Persuasion while on a trip with my all-female a cappella group. We were on our annual retreat before school begins in order to review our repertoire, reconnect, and enjoy good food. The week was saturated with sisterhood. We […]

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Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn

a bookclique pick by Tanya Boteju In Amber Dawn’s second novel, Sodom Road Exit, loss, haunting, desire, and trauma roll in waves through the story like the famous ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster brought to life in its pages. And like a roller coaster, this story is […]

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Educated by Tara Westover

a bookclique pick by Jessica Flaxman Since well before the publication of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s 1762 treatise on education, Emile, people have wondered whether formally schooling children is more helpful or harmful to the development of free and critical thinkers. In Educated, a powerful memoir of […]

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Hymn to the Reckless by Erin Fornoff

a bookclique pick by Mela Frye One of life’s greater hazards is befriending writers. One dreads the disappointment of art not equalling life, of having to lie — OR, to tell the truth.  In some writerly friendships, however, one discovers a union of pleasure and […]

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