Review: The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad will sit with me for a long time. I'm not sure what my expectations were before digging in, but the result exceeded whatever they had been. This is a work of historical fiction -- more accurately, alt-historical fiction -- with a light dose of magical realism. Whitehead animates the... Continue Reading →

Review: Once Upon a World Board Books

My youngest is a diehard princess fan. We've watched Frozen more times than I can count, she wants everything in her life to be purple because of Sophia the First, and she insists on wearing a dress almost every single day no matter the weather. "No pants, Mama," she says. "Pants are dumb." (True story, kiddo.)... Continue Reading →

Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Category: Middle Grade I read The Secret of Nightingale Wood a few months ago after it was recommended to me by the most excellent staffers at the Curious Iguana bookstore in downtown Frederick, MD. I expected a fun and easy read given the genre, but it was compelling and evocative and deeply moving; it caught me off... Continue Reading →

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