The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

5/5 stars. Thriller, Mystery/Suspense. EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to … Continue reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

2/5 stars. Contemporary, Adult, Class Struggle, Racism. Two brown girls dream of being dancers - but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly, … Continue reading Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

From the founder of MuslimGirl.com, a harrowing and candid account of what it's like to be a young Muslim woman in the wake of 9/11, during the never ending war on terror, and through the Trump era of casual racism.  At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two … Continue reading Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Geologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life - but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours … Continue reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren