Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Review   Summary  Inspired by a Senegalese folktale, Redemption in Indigo is a tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha—now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing …

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

Ok, first of all I’ve got to admit that I’ve become a big fan of Rushdie’s writing style, in spite of the fact that I think he’s kind of an arrogant dillhole. However, his writing style is VERY unique and certainly not for everyone, so keep in mind that you might react to his books …

2016 Summer Reading Challenge

That’s right, folks, it’s time for a summer reading challenge. I can’t help it, I’m a librarian–we love reading challenges. Do you remember doing reading challenges at your local library as a kid, and turning in your little reading sheet in exchange for one of those weird suckers that had a grasshopper in it? I …

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Loosely based on Scottish folktales, The Gracekeepers is an enchanting and haunting tale of two women trying to make peace with themselves and the world. After most of the land on Earth is covered by water, society stratifies into those who own land on the remaining archipelagos and those who live at sea, known as …

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

A mix of The Arabian Nights, Kabbalistic Judaism and early 20th century New York, The Golem and the Jinni is a book in which the mystical and the fantastical are masterfully interwoven with the historical. When, due to seemingly coincidental circumstances, a woman made of clay (a golem, according to old Jewish mystic traditions) and a fire-being …

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is, at its heart, a story about finding your way, about learning how to follow your dreams as well as appreciate the journey you take to reach them. Told in the style of a fable or fairytale, the writing is simple and straightforward, yet impregnated with philosophical meaning. The plot revolves around a …