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Ordinary Wonder Tales By Emily Urquhart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771965057
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Published: Biblioasis - November 1st, 2022

This is probably one off the most magical books I've ever read. Her series of essays touch on her personal life but intertwines with century old folktales, or wonder tales as she prefers. Armed with a PhD in folklore, Urquhart weaves a spellbinding, magical journey through everyday life.

Highly recommend to read for those looking for a sense of wonder and magic.

Review by Sue

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The Formation of Calcium By M. S. Coe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943679157
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Published: Spurl Editions - March 29th, 2023

Easily seduced by tales of outliers or a wicked protagonist, this book's promise of a woman's "ill-fated transformation" was beyond irresistible.

Mary Ellen (or is she Dedee? or maybe Natalie?) crept under my skin and made me squirm, squirm, squirm.

Review by Wes

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Waiting for Tomorrow: A Novel By Nathacha Appanah, Geoffrey Strachan (Translated by) Cover Image
By Nathacha Appanah, Geoffrey Strachan (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781555978037
Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

A short novel with just a couple characters, this is the perfect type of book to take on a weekend trip. Spanning several years of Adam and Anita's increasingly mundane marriage, their artistic creativity is re-awoken when the mysterious immigrant, Adele, is hired as their nanny. While only 150-pages, the book provides a thought-provoking study on heavy themes like love, marriage, friendship, art, and culture. 

Review by Kalani