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Monthly Archives: August 2012


The second in Veronica Roth’s series — also read in Seattle.  Tris (Beatrice) Prior and her boyfriend Tobias Eaton find themselves in the middle of a melt-down of the factioned world they live in.  After killing Will and watching her mother and father die, Tris is no longer a bad-ass but a wreck, just trying […]


Young adult novel about Beatrice Prior, born into the Abnegation faction in dystopian Chicago.  At age 16, she is allowed to choose her faction and defies her family’s wishes to become Dauntless.  There, she meets her trainer Tobias who teaches her to be a fighter — and with whom she falls in love.  Action-packed, interesting […]

The Little Women Letters

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was one of my favorite childhood books.  Gabrielle Donnelly’s imagined lives of the great great granddaughters of Jo –isn’t she everyone’s favorite Little Women? — is great fun.  Fun summer read with great resonance of lives that feel so very familiar.