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FIVE MINUTES MORE by Darlene Ryan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"This implies that ALS is a temporary problem, not an incurable disease. (Fiction. YA)"
The trauma of her father's suicide sends D'Arcy into a physical and emotional tailspin. Read full book review >

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PIECES OF ME by Darlene Ryan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A sadly simplistic finish mars an otherwise complex survival story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A gritty portrait of teens and children living on the street suffers from a too-tidy ending. Read full book review >

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DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND by Darlene Cox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 14, 2013

"A suspenseful novel that surprises, amuses and pleases."
A thieving lawyer's suicide is investigated in this gripping tale of deceit, betrayal and corruption. Read full book review >

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DREAM IN COLOR by Darlene Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2002

"Escapism for the unhappily marrieds: silly and depthless."
A new African-American imprint banks on women readers feeling dissatisfaction with the men in their life—or so it would seem from this thinny-thin first outing, initially self-published, about a sadly married young woman and her desperate daydreams. Read full book review >

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Something Good by Darlene Deluca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2014

"This tale's seedy premise featuring a Texas waitress evolves into an absorbing story of redemption that's hard to put down."
An unlikely romance begins in a greasy spoon outside a soulless chain hotel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >

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ESTONIAN SHORT STORIES by Kajar Pruul
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"And may we please have a collection of Jaan Kross's stories as soon as possible?"
A superb collection from the former Russian republic memorably displays how its contemporary writers have embraced literary modernism and rejected the constraints of Soviet Socialist Realism. Read full book review >

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WE COME IN PIECES
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart

Cover Story: Emoji Rebus
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Boy Brain
Bonus Factor: Aliens
Relationship Status: Look Me Up in a Decade or Two

Cover Story: Emoji Rebus

Did you know that the red-haired girl emoji was named Jenny? Me neither.

The Deal:

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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Worthwhile, despite minor flaws. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The subtitle's reference to "brownies with sprinkles" puts an unfortunately saccharine spin on this otherwise heartfelt collaboration, in which Friedman and Roth draw upon their experience as adoptive parents in this story about Cassidy-Li, an adopted Chinese-American girl. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 1998

"A Shining Thread of Hope examines the mythology of the American mainstream as well as demonstrates a scrupulous appreciation of black women as a powerful but largely unacknowledged force in American society. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The dean of a new generation of historians of black women in America and the editor of a notable reference work have produced a vivid narrative that illuminates the usually marginalized, neglected history of women of African descent in the New World and recasts it as a distinctive American legacy. Read full book review >