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#T5W: Books Featuring Witches

I’m trying something new this week: Top 5 Wednesday! Books featuring witches is the topic this week.  Like everyone else in America, I am happy for it to be October. I will read about witches any ol’ day but it feels so right to read witchy books in the Fall. I made a point of not  ...

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Books Reviews

Review: Manhattan Beach

After Anna Kerrigan’s gangster father disappears, she comes of age during WWII and begins a career as a diver working on warships but her father’s seedy legacy lingers on in her life. Jennifer Egan’s Visit From the Goon Squad was a masterpiece in entangled stories. Manhattan  ...

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Books

Texas Books, Y’all

I’ve lived in Texas for my whole life, and I love the landscape, the diversity, the food, and the art.  I also appreciate our literary legacy.  I am very proud of our amazing annual Texas Book Festival, which brings authors from around the world, and we have some fantastic local book  ...

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Books Kids

Audiobooks for Young Children

My kids are 5 and 2 right now. My daughter is just about to start Kindergarten, and she’s not reading on her own yet but she memorizes books and “reads” them to her brother. I can’t remember which one of us started it, but my husband and I both play them audiobooks in  ...

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