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by / on December 5, 2017 at 11:30 am / in The Twisted Library

Get Thrifty!

I didn’t get into thrift store shopping until I moved to New York City. Everyone here always seemed so stylish and put together. I didn’t understand how New Yorkers could afford to be so chic all of the time until a friend of mine divulged her secret. “Thrifting,” she said with a big smile on her face. So I started […]

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by / on October 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm / in The Twisted Library

New York Cocktails: Delve into the Drinking Culture of the Greatest City

New York City is known for its fashion, theater and food scene, but did you know that NYC also has an unparalleled cocktail scene? Yeah, I didn’t either. So when I received my copy of New York Cocktails, I was super excited to delve right in. Authored by Amanda Schuster, Editor-in-Chief of online drink site The Alcohol Professor, New York […]

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by / on June 8, 2017 at 11:10 am / in The Twisted Library

The Genie Hunt Puts A Supernatural Twist On The Usual Mystery Novel

I took one look at the cover of “The Genie Hunt“ by M.C. Tuggle and decided I was going to start reading it during the day, when it was nice and bright out. I’m not necessarily easily spooked, but the front of this novella features demonic and angry yellow eyes so I opted out of opening it up for the […]

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by / on May 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm / in The Twisted Library

Shore House Slumming: A Summer Beach Read

Summer is right around the corner and I think I might be miles ahead of a lot of people when it comes to my summer reading list. Summer for me means more time to read in the beach, park, or any place where I can just sit back and be transported to another world. So the first book on my […]

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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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