Donoghue immersed me so fully in this world that everything else fell away for me. Set in Ireland in 1918, The Pull of the Stars follows a nurse, Julia; a doctor, Kathleen; and a young volunteer, Bridie, over the course of three tumultuous days as the fiery, complex, capable women work desperately to help the patients at their understaffed hospital who are about to give birth while suffering from the devastating new influenza. The country is reeling at the end of World War I.
01 Leaving the Witness In Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life, Amber Scorah takes the reader into her confidences and lays bare her sheltered experiences, religious indoctrination, societal and gender pressures, hearty evangelism, and her eventual questioning and subsequent freezing out from the Jehovah’s Witnesses—which meant she was cut off permanently from almost everyone she knew. Scorah retraces her steps from being a covert, illegal proselytizer i
01 The Pull of the Stars Set in Ireland in 1918, The Pull of the Stars follows a nurse, Julia, doctor, Kathleen, and a young volunteer, Bridie, over the course of three days as they work desperately to help both the women giving birth and those suffering from the devastating new flu at an understaffed hospital. Is it appealing to read about a pandemic during a pandemic? We shall see. Donoghue weaves a good amount of fact into this story--Kathleen Lynn was a real, formidable f
01 Surrender Your Sons This summer stinks. Teenage Connor's elderly friend died, his boyfriend talked him into coming out, and now his mother thinks he's going to hell because he's gay, and she's grounded him indefinitely. But Connor doesn't know that things are about to get a lot worse. Middle-of-the-night kidnapping-to-a-conversion-camp-level worse. I don't have a bead on the tone of this one yet; Connor is a little snarky, but I believe the plot is going to include mystery
Harvey emphasizes the urgency of the need for change and offers age-appropriate examples to help build young advocates equipped to work toward racial equality. "What strategies will help our children learn to function well in a diverse nation? What roles do we want them to play in addressing racism when they encounter it? How do we equip them for these roles? How do we talk about race honestly with our children, which means naming white privilege...?" Harvey explores how to m