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The Night Watchman: Pulitzer Prize Winning Fiction By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

Let me share the words of the author:

" If you should ever doubt that a series of dry words in a government document can shatter spirits and demolish lives, let this book erase that doubt. Conversely, if you should be of the conviction that we are powerless to change those dry words, let this book give you heart." --Louise Erdrich

It absolutely delivered, all in writing so lush and beautiful that I found myself reading passages over and over.

~as long as grass shall grow and water run

A Garden of Creatures By Sheila Heti, Esmé Shapiro (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sheila Heti, Esmé Shapiro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735268814
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Published: Tundra Books - May 10th, 2022

May I offer you this beautiful story that takes grief and all its questions and leaves us in a warm embrace of questions and wonder,

and peace...even if we can't quite understand. This is a beautiful picture book on grief.

Harry's Trees By Jon Cohen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778364153
Published: Mira Books - June 12th, 2018

For this reader, perfection came in the pages of this beautiful book, set in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. If I could check boxes next to elements that would delight me in a book, what I would see would look like the story that Jon Cohen has conjured up in Harry’s Trees. It has all the elements of a perfect fairytale but firmly grounded in the very universal elements presented to each of us here in this world. Love and life dance with death and grief in this big-hearted story populated with a rich and diverse set of characters. It may be grief and regret that bring these characters together, but it is the ‘enchantment that is a part of everyday existence’ that allows them to forgive themselves and others, to let go and to embrace joy. Read some of the reviews and thank the stars that this former critical care nurse and son of a children’s librarian has penned this book.