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The forbidden knowledge of banned books

Banned books have the power  to teach readers, especially young readers, valuable lessons. Sometimes, however, their content is deemed inappropriate for malleable minds, but, even then, it’s important for children to experience these pieces of literature. Beloved by Toni Morrison. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has

Book Review: Brute: Poems

The Walt Whitman Award-winning writer and poet Emily Skaja has released her long-awaited debut poetry compilation, Brute, a twisting series of well-crafted pieces collected from a number of national journals from which they were first published. The entire work is a testament to a broken

Book review: The Turn of the Key

Chart topping author Ruth Ware may best be known for her domination of the crime thriller genre—but In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Death of Mrs. Westaway pale in comparison to The Turn of the Key. In an intricate

Review: As Long As We Both Shall Live

Local author’s second book is twisted, investigative fun Matt and Marie have been married for 20 years and are looking to rekindle their marriage. They plan a romantic getaway into Rocky Mountain National Park for a weekend full of fresh air, breathtaking views, and falling

This Is Where It Ends confronts school shootings

A novel that aims to find common ground Some of the most terrifying stories don’t come from monsters out of a fantasy book but rather from real life events that take place in the headlines that are seen every day. Marieke Nijkamp’s book This Is

Station Eleven provides unique look at end of the world

Physical survival is truly inefficient Station Eleven chronicles the beginning of an end. This novel by Emily St. John Mandel tells the story of an outbreak of a strain of the swine flu, dubbed the “Georgia Flu”, that infects a full plane traveling from Russia

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

A tough but engaging read The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis is a tough read. The book tells the story of Evan, a Greek-American, closeted gay teen as he deals with his physically, mentally, emotionally, and verbally abusive mother, who claims he

John Green reflects on his mental health struggle

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN EXPLORES NEW TERRITORY John Green, a popular young adult author, has returned from a five-year hiatus with a new novel, Turtles All The Way Down. After the success of his previous novel, The Fault in Our Stars, Green was launched into

Roxane Gay’s Hunger exposes heartbreaking truths

MEMOIR IS FILLED WITH NECESSARY HONESTY Roxane Gay is the author of five books that are all written with an unprecedented honesty. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, released on June 13, is the latest. Both heartbreaking and revolutionary, Gay’s honesty about her “unruly” body