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JackieGreco

JackieGreco

Joined December 2019

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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This is a story of a mother who left behind the true story of her life to her children. The mother had told her children that she was an orphan but her story is so much more complicated and heartbreaking. The novel is an easy read. 4/5

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Followers | Megan Angelo
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I loved this book! Such an easy and interesting read split between the present and 50 years from now where the government controls the internet and has families who are streaming their lives 24/7. The story follows one the of the people who have had their entire lives watched on this stream and what her parents lives were like before the new internet. 5/5

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I loved this read! Such an interesting story from the perspective of the 5 members of the crew organized to steal back Chinese art that was stolen long ago. 5/5

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This was a page turner! About an Indian brother and sister who have two very different experiences growing up on a small island. The daughter is favorited and able to leave when the natives of the island start to impose cruel laws against the Indian occupants. 4/5

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This was a moving story about the writer losing her husband to Alzheimer‘s. Rather than a slow and painful death, her husband chose assisted suicide. This memoir explores the challenges of finding a place where this is possible and what it was like to go through it. 4/5

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Recitatif | Toni Morrison
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This was a thought provoking short story about two girls, one white and one black, but intentionally unmentioned which girl is which race. It forces self reflection as a reader because you want to determine who is who and rely on biases to do so, although unsuccessfully. 5/5

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Mehso-so

A page turner but very unrealistic. A story about a woman whose husband gets wrapped up in something illegal and disappears and ends up being not who she thought he was. 3/5

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Fun and easy read, definitely a page turner. The story is about two twins that go in different directions with their lives and one twin disappearing completely. 4/5

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This was such a fun read. This was the story of a woman who was looking back on her life and her greatest love. It was written like a movie. 5/5

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The Buddha in the Attic was a powerful story about Japanese women leading up to and during the First World War. The story was about all of the women and written by the voice of the group rather than one woman. 4/5

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The Go-Between | L.P. Hartley
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This was a really great book. It was a really interesting story focused on a man recalling a story from his childhood of bringing messages between lovers. 4/5

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This book was such a page turner. It was about a scientific experiment where families raised their children communally and the success for the kids but fallout for the parents. The book was written like a movie.

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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This was a dark true story of a two killers murdering an innocent family. The book is considered to be a classic and started the true crime genre.

LoverOfLearning A great read. Almost shocking at how much information you are given. Definitely a disturbing story 4mo
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Kind of boring and repetitive

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I loved this story! Such an easy read about the back and forth relationship of two people from high school through college 4/5

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Bailedbailed

So cliche

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Outlawed | Anna North
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I really enjoyed this story about a woman who was unable to conceive and joined a gang of women. It was a fun story 4/5

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Hard Like Water | Yan Lianke
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Not for me

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I loved this book! Such an easy read. Even though it was a little cheesy that‘s what made it great. It was about a woman who decided she no longer wanted to live and when she was in between lives she went to a library with the infinite parallel universes to her life. 5/5

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The Magician | Colm Toibin
Mehso-so

I thought this story about the writer Thomas Mann was interesting but slightly dry. It was set during the first and second world wars in Germany but focused primarily on Mann. It was a good read but not incredible. 4/5

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In Five Years: A Novel | Rebecca Serle
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This was such a page turner. I thought that the idea of the book was unique and it made me think about the way that I live my own life. 4/5

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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
Mehso-so

I like Colson Whitehead‘s other books but I wasn‘t crazy about this book. I had a hard time getting into it.

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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
Mehso-so

This book has a slow start but was a really capturing ending. The themed of race and religion were a bit overstated and took away from the story. 3/5

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Meh. Kind of boring single story narrative about a nun who craves power and recognition. 2/5

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This was an exceptional story of a family who faced homelessness in fort Greene, Brooklyn. The work focused on the oldest of the 8 children, Dasani, and her life between the ages of 12 and 18. 5/5

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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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I thought the premise of this story was interesting but it moved a little slow for me. It was a story about the last year of life of a woman in Iceland who was sentenced to death. She spent her year working for a family in the country and then was eventually beheaded.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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I adored this book. This was a novel set around an extended family between former slave owners and those who were enslaved. It was set jn a former plantation in the south. It followed the families pain in discrimination and their joy. I especially love Ailey was became a historian and studied her families history. It was an incredible read. 5/5

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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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This was a page turner “thriller” but the ideas in the book were never resolved. I liked the story but am frustrated that so much of it was not tied up.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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This was a really interesting idea and story, but it just wasn‘t for me. It was fantasy which isn‘t really my style. It was about two magicians that were forced to compete and ended up falling in love.

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Honor | Thrity Umrigar
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I adored this book about the intersection of three peoples lives in India. I found it really interesting to be in the perspective of a journalist covering a story in India about a woman who was nearly burned alive as well as reading her perspective and past. 5/5
This was a fun read novel and would definitely check out some of the authors other books

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I really enjoyed this book and the history of the personal librarian to JP morgan. She had to hide her true identity as an African American woman in order to rise to such a successful and influential position. 5/5

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Mehso-so

This was a book about the life of a man on the run and his daughter. The father had a dark past and he could never get away from it. It was a fast and mindless read but not the most amazing book. 3/5

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I was really captured by Tove Ditlevsen‘s memoir. She had quite the life experiences growing up poor in Denmark, being a youth in the time leading up to the Second World War, becoming fascinated by becoming a poet, and then becoming addicted to pain medication and trying to be sober again. This was pretty depressing but overall an interesting read. 3/5

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On Juneteenth | Annette Gordon-Reed
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I admire this work greatly. I learned quite a bit about the history of Texas, and considering it was quite an easy read. 4/5

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The Sweetness of Water | Nathan Harris
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I loved this novel about a small town in the post civil war south. The characters were intriguing and different and it was a generally positive story of good triumphing evil. This definitely was a fictional feel good color blind story but I did enjoy the read. 4/5

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A Marvellous Light | Freya Marske
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I really enjoyed the story in this book, it was a great fantasy story. It was a little slow to get into but by the end I had trouble putting it down. It was quite…sexy at times so not a book to recommend!
4/5

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This was a really moving nonfiction book about eviction in Minneapolis. It was well written and kept me engaged even though it was really difficult to read about the difficulties people experience. I found the policy suggestions at the end of the book to be thought provoking and an important read.

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I adored this book. This was the best book I have read in such a long time. It helped me learn about the people‘s republic of China through Ai Weiwei‘s experiences and his fathers. I wish I could read this many times over.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I adored this book. It was a story about a Native American woman and her experience working at a local book store during the pandemic. This experience brought up a lot from her last and it was an incredible story of resilience and self realization.

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I adored this book. It was an incredible work of historical fiction about Yugoslavia.

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Slammerkin | Emma Donoghue
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Would not recommend. I kept waiting for the main character to develop some complexity and depth but it never happened

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book but found some stories difficult to follow. Because this was a book of short stories there was one that I didn‘t like and didn‘t understand so I skipped it. Otherwise the stories were enjoyable but I wouldn‘t rush to read another book like this again soon. 3/5

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I loved this story of a witch from Liberia. This was a great story following three main characters and their fight for what it meant to be free. I am interested in learning more about Liberia.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This was an incredible fantasy book. I typically don‘t read fantasy but really enjoyed this story of post apocalyptic earth and the division of orogenes and stills. This book had so much depth to it and was a really enjoyable and enrapturing read.

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I really enjoyed this historical fiction about the English women who worked to help communicate and spy during the Second World War on the Germans. 5/5

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The Revisioners | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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I really enjoyed this book. The main character had to grapple with her mixed ancestry and try to find her place in all of it while living with her white grandmother. 4/5

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This was a powerful story of three women and their families in the early twentieth century. It showed the disparities of wealth, class, and race amongst the three female narrators. The women shared their strength as mothers. I loved this novel 5/5

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The Committed | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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I think that this series is so interesting and insightful into Vietnamese culture. The main character describes himself as two different minds and understands both sides of the divide in Vietnam. I empathize with the struggle of not understanding your own identity especially when your culture is colonized. 4/5

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Prayers for the Stolen | Jennifer Clement
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I thought that this was an interesting read. I was captivated by the story although I found the writing to be a bit simple and fantastical at times. 4/5

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I love the way that Dalton Conley writes. I like the combination of research and personal experience. I found his parenting philosophy so unusual and interesting-not a typical book on parenting!