What’s with the Turtles, Anyway?

Poetry and prose combine beautifully in this story to tell a tale of almost star-crossed almost lovers who want nothing but to be the best of themselves for themselves and for each other. It’s about learning what happens when you lose a parent, and what happens when maybe the parent that you do have is so distant that it’s basically the same as not having one at all. And about not pushing what you do have left away.

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The Weight of Eating Disorders

Before I get started on today’s blook report, I want to take a moment to say that this book and the discussion that I’m going to have about it directly addresses the severity and stigma around eating disorders. This may be triggering for some who have struggled or are struggling with disordered eating, and I would like to offer this as a content warning. I’d also like to say that if you’ve reached your rock bottom, and you need someone to talk to, please reach out to the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) helpline at 1(800)931-2237.

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Got Mercy?

Wow. Okay. Where do I even start with this one? I guess I should start by saying that these books are not for the faint of heart. Every single one of these novels is gruesome, and the graphic violence would have anyone cringing in their chair. And I couldn’t get enough! The horror and carnage from…

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The Price of War

I don’t think I quite understood how insular the world is for the people left behind when the men go off to war. I never stopped to think about the casualties in the form of relationships, missed childbirths, and anniversaries uncelebrated. Siobhan Fallon captures the loneliness that comes from empty beds, dusty closets, and broken hearts. Even though my own father served in the military, all of the stories that he tells are far away and quiet, as though submerged beneath a layer of time that he refuses to slough off. He doesn’t want to remember what happened. But the women and children left behind, sometimes abandoned, don’t have the luxury of forgetting.

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