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by / on May 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm / in The Twisted Library

Blind Acceptance: A Memoir About Life, Racism and Religion

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started to read Blind Acceptance, but what I do know is that the story blew me away. Written by Sandra Pimentel, the memoir takes readers on a journey through her childhood, the evolution of her marriage, her relationship with religion and how she navigates through the cultural complexities of the last […]

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by / on March 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm / in The Twisted Library

The Thruway Killers Slays

The Thruway Killers is the seventh of nine novels by Harvey Havel, a former SUNY Albany and Bergen Community College writing instructor and novelist. Droogan McPhee is the unemployed, unsympathetic son of a wealthy curmudgeon who owns a chain of liquor stores in the Northeast. In tandem with his adulteress stepmother (who is closer to Doogan’s age then his father), […]

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by / on February 22, 2017 at 12:35 pm / in The Twisted Library

Discover Your True Self in Beyond The Good-Girl Jail

Within the first paragraph of the introduction to Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self by Sandra Felt, the author describes the meaning of the book’s title. A “good-girl jail” is the state of mind in which one locks herself, by trying always to be “good,” instead of just being the genuine human being she […]

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by / on February 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm / in The Twisted Library

Meteor Shower, by Anne Whitehouse, Is a Collection of Emotion-Provoking Poetry

I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful poetry reading late last year. It is great to see that with technology changing so much around us, that the arts are still a big part of our community. I personally feel that we should support the arts more, and specifically, the artists themselves. The event I attended featured a poetry reading celebrating the […]

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by / on January 30, 2017 at 11:55 am / in The Twisted Library

Delving Into the Poetry of Daniel Shapiro

I had a chance to attend a book party celebrating the publication of two new poetry collections. The book launch for Woman at the Cusp of Twilight by Daniel Shapiro and Meteor Shower by Anne Whitehouse took place at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism  late last year. Not only was I able to listen to the authors read […]

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by / on October 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm / in The Twisted Library

Growing, Learning and a Happy Ending

Tia Shurina details some of the most poignant and important relationships that have changed her in her recent memoir. In Everything and a Happy Ending, Tia details her relationships with three of the most important men in her life: her father, her ex-husband, and her relations with Ray Romano of Everybody Loves Raymond. One of the main things that I […]

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by / on September 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm / in The Twisted Library

Are You Capable of Drinking Like a Grown Up? Here’s Your Guide

  Drink Like a Grown Up is not your typical mixology book. It is an informative and entertaining read, composed by the highly secretive League of Extraordinary Drinkers, who want you to reconsider the way you think about and consume alcohol. Similar to the way you think about where your food comes from, learning more about the origins of your […]

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by / on August 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm / in The Twisted Library

The Blood Led Her: A Religious Thriller

Al Campo is trying to avoid falling back into bed with government work when he stumbles across a mystery of his own. After a stint in the Middle East as an FBI consultant, Campo is on his way to a safe house in Pennsylvania when he narrowly misses running over a small girl, and succeeds in hitting a ginger haired […]

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by / on August 1, 2016 at 11:35 am / in The Twisted Library

The Torch is Passed: A Harding Family Mystery

Andrea Harding has just graduated from Princeton and is preparing to spend her summer traveling through Europe before starting law school at Duke in the fall. She’s just your average twenty-something when a knock at her door in the middle of the night turns her world upside down. Her father, Nicholas, and Uncle Michael have been shot, and New Jersey […]

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by / on June 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm / in The Twisted Library

Ritual of the Savage: A Romp Around Tiki-Noir in 1950’s Los Angeles

Set in the 1950’s, this film noir style detective drama by Jay Strongman lightens up the literary scene with a clever who-done-it. Ritual of the Savage stars former Marine and Iwo Jima survivor Johnny Davis, a womanizing private eye attempting to acclimate to Los Angeles thirteen years after World War II. As you comb through this novel, you stumble upon […]

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