Book Review

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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Book Review

Sylvain Neuvel’s WAKING GODS (THE THEMIS FILES, #2)

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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Tom Miller’s THE PHILOSOPHER’S FLIGHT

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.

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Lindsay Jayne Ashford’s WHISPER OF THE MOON MOTH

Review of Lindsay Jayne Ashford’s Whisper of the Moon Moth, published on 10/1/2017 by Lake Union Publishing.

Whisper of the Moon Moth tells the story of Merle Oberon – born Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson – who became a Hollywood legend. Growing up in Calcutta, India, she set off to London with a one-way ticket to pursue her dream of being on the silver screen after a chance encounter with a rich American heir with connections in the movie industry. To hide her Indian heritage, Estelle Thompson became Merle Oberon and quickly rose the ranks of the industry, starring opposite Leslie Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) and Laurence Olivier in Wuthering Heights (1939).

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Heather Lloyd’s MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK

A review of Heather Lloyd’s My Name is Venus Black, published on February 27, 2018 by Random House Publishing Group (Random House).

My Name is Venus Black tells the story of Venus who, as a straight-A student interested in astronomy, commits a terrible crime that tears her family apart. At the same time, her mentally handicapped younger brother, Leo, also goes missing. Venus spends more than five years in juvenile detention, and when she is released at nineteen, she is determined to start her life fresh with a new identity. But it is only a matter of time before the past catches up with her, and she will have to decide what to do with it when it does.

Book Review

Akwaeke Emezi’s FRESHWATER

A review of Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel, Freshwater, published on February 13, 2018 by Grove Atlantic.

Ada, born in Nigeria with “one foot on the other side,” was a troubled child who develops separate selves within her mind: a group of Ọgbanje who call themselves “We.” When Ada goes to America for college, a traumatic event causes those separate selves to manifest into Asụghara and Saint Vincent, who came through a window and solidified themselves in the white marble of her mind. As these alternate selves vie for control, Ada’s life becomes dark and dangerous.