Growing Up Twice: Shaping a Future by Reliving My Past by Aaron Kirk Douglas

A raw, honest, and inspirational memoir about a young man growing into his own while mentoring another.

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Growing Up Twice is Aaron Kirk Douglas’s memoir about acting as a Big Brother to an at-risk teen named Rico and how their interactions moved him to rethink his own upbringing. The sometimes unpolished language does not detract from a story that is powerful and heartfelt, and certain to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

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This review was published on March 23, 2016 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 6 Frisbees.

La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet, trans. by Wayne Grady

Humor, humility, and subtle wisdom pour from this rich translation.

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Antonine Maillet (Pélagie-la-Charrette; Don l’Orignal) is perhaps best known for La Sagouine, an icon of Acadian literature, translated from the French by Wayne Grady in this new edition. In the simplest of formats, the protagonist’s voice and life story are evoked with delightful realism. La Sagouine, as she calls herself, is a singular personality.

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This review was published on March 2, 2016 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 7 poutines râpées.

Wolf’s Mouth by John Smolens

This breathlessly paced, plot-driven action novel covers a wide range of historical, geographical, and emotional ground.

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With Wolf’s Mouth, John Smolens offers suspense, intricate plotting, sweeping historical subjects, violence, love, and war. This impressive array of action, introspection, and international settings has something for everyone.

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This review was published on March 2, 2016 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 7 jars of pesto.

My Life With Berti Spranger by Eva Jana Siroka

An intriguing plot and engaging story highlight this tale of love and art.

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My Life with Berti Spranger, a novel by art historian and artist Eva Jana Siroka, stars an art collector who discovers a memoir by sixteenth-century erotic painter Bartholomaeus Spranger. This brings him into contact with a student of history, and Spranger’s titillating art and writing help to prompt the modern pair to romance. This intriguing plot concept is poorly served by disjointed writing, but the glimpses of Spranger’s life in the Flemish court are captivating.

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This review was published on December 3, 2015 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 5 pieces of disjointed dialog.

Worlds Between by Carl Nordgren

An engaging and sympathetic tale of families and cultures, and the choices that shape them.

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Carl Nordgren’s Worlds Between is the second in the River of Lakes series, which began with The 53rd Parallel. With dual settings in Ontario and Ireland and a diverse cast of characters, this moving story charts divided loyalties and dangers from all directions.

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This review was published on November 27, 2015 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 7 colors in refracted light.

The Darling by Lorraine M. López

A complex and disarming young woman follows her heart, lust, and taste for adventure in an unusual route to maturity and self-actualization.

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Lorraine M. López’s The Darling is a coming-of-age story in the time-honored tradition, a tribute to literary giants, and a fresh perspective on life and love. Its heroine challenges assumptions, and after a winding and bumpy journey, evokes a spirit of celebration.

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This review was published on November 27, 2015 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 7 items of marginalia.

The Last September by Nina de Gramont

As a literary novel of both suspense and emotion, this flashback-filled murder mystery has broad appeal.

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The Last September, by Nina de Gramont, portrays an immediately gripping world of secrets, trauma, and conflicting loyalties. Spanning mental illness, the meaning of family, and the lengths we go to for love, this novel begs to be read in a single sitting.

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This review was published on August 27, 2015 by ForeWord Reviews.

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My rating: 8 tiny scribbles.
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