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  • We were witches

    by Gore, Ariel, 1970-

    June 3, 2019

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    “What does shame require to stay alive?  What is the antidote to shame?”When Ariel finds herself pregnant at 18, she gets a crash course in shame. Her grandmother tells her she’s irresponsible and her mother lectures her on the dangers of stretch marks. Her neighbors, finding out she’s on food stamps, write violent messages on her door and threaten to tear up her benefits check. When she tries to get a restraining order against her abusive ex, the court grants him partial custody of their daughter Maia because “children need fathers.” Ad campaigns against teen pregnancy plaster... Read Full Review

  • The last Neanderthal : a novel

    by Cameron, Claire, 1973-

    February 11, 2019

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    The year is 40,000 BC, give or take a few millennia, and only a handful of Neanderthal families are left on earth. Girl, who has just come of age, is determined to find a mate and start a family at the annual fish run. But with the Neanderthals’ numbers so diminished, everything from hunting bison to breaking a taboo is potentially deadly, and Girl soon finds herself the sole caretaker of her strange adopted brother, Runt, who looks and behaves like no human she’s ever seen.Skip forward to modern day France. Rosamund Gale, a paleoarchaeologist, has discovered a career-defining treasure: the... Read Full Review

  • The Anchoress

    by Cadwallader, Robyn,

    October 1, 2018

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    At age seventeen, Sarah asks to be sealed into a windowless cell for the rest of her life. Why would someone do such a thing, especially at such a young age?

    Sarah is an anchoress, a holy woman who spends her days in prayer and gives spiritual advice to the women of her 11th century English village. Sarah hopes to follow in the footsteps of the previous anchoress, who the villagers claim was so holy that she didn’t even need food or water to survive. As soon as the door is nailed shut, Sarah swallows her fear and throws herself into the life of an ascetic, denying herself any comfort... Read Full Review