Book Review

Clarissa Goenawan’s RAINBIRDS

A review of Clarissa Goenawan’s Rainbirds, originally published on March 16, 2018 by Soho Press (audiobook published by HighBridge Audio).

Rainbirds tells the story of Ren Ishida, who gets the news that his older sister, Keiko, was murdered one night on her way home. He travels to Akakawa to gather his sister’s things and try to understand why she left Tokyo for this small town. Soon, he finds himself essentially living her life – working as a teacher at her school (since he majored in British Literature), living in the room she rented, and making friends with the same people she was friends with – as he struggles to understand her death.

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Ariel Lawhon’s I WAS ANASTASIA

A review of Ariel Lawhon’s I Was Anastasia, published on March 27, 2018 by Doubleday Books (and Brilliance Audio).

In 1918, Tsar Nicholas Romanov and his family – including his youngest daughter, Anastasia – were ordered to be murdered by Vladimir Lenin. Two years later, a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia was pulled from a Berlin canal. She went by Anna Anderson but claimed to be the missing Grand Duchess Anastasia.

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Sarah Winman’s TIN MAN

A review of Sarah Winman’s Tin Man, published on May 15, 2018 by PENGUIN GROUP Putnam.

Ellis and Michael first met when they were twelve, and they became fast friends. But somewhere in between, as they spent their time cycling and swimming and being boys, their friendship evolved into something more. Later in life, though, Ellis married Annie and Michael was not around, leading to the question: what happened in between?

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Barbara K. Lipska’s and Elaine McArdle’s THE NEUROSCIENTIST WHO LOST HER MIND

A review of Dr. Barbara K. Lipska’s memoir The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, which will be published on April 3, 2018.

In this memoir, Lipska recounts her descent into madness during the summer of 2015, as the tumors continued to affected her brain chemistry in adverse ways, with a stunning clarity that offers the reader a unique glimpse into the mind of someone with mental illness.

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A review of Sylvain Neuvel’s Waking Gods (The Themis Files, #2), originally published on April 4, 2017 by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine (Del Rey).

This book starts out several years after the end of Sleeping Giants. After she was found on the side of the road in Ireland with no memory of the last four years of her life, Dr. Rose Franklin once again is heading the science division of the Earth Defense Corps (EDC) and discovering as much information as possible from Themis. Then one day, another robot appears in the middle of London, causing irreparable damage and the loss of thousands of lives. It isn’t long before a dozen robots are strategically positioned in the most populous cities throughout Earth, with the seemingly sole purpose of wiping out the human population. It becomes a race against the clock as the EDC desperately tries to find a solution that will stop the invasion and save the rest of the human population.

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A review of Tom Miller’s The Philosopher’s Flight, published on February 13, 2018 by Simon and Schuster.

Robert Weekes dreams of being the first male in the US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service, a team of flying medics serving in World War I. Instead, he’s stuck in Montana, helping his mother – a former soldier in several previous wars and the County Philosopher – serve the locals. When a local family is tragically murdered, Robert gets to put his skills to the test and earns a scholarship to study at Radcliffe, an all-female school in Boston. There, he will have to prove his mettle to the women who don’t believe men have the ability – or the right – to be in their exclusive field.