The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See

 "Pull up a chair, refresh yourself with a cup of tea, and prepare yourself for a remarkable adventure! Li-Yan's story unfolds between 1988-2016. Steeped in tribal customs and strong family bonds, her life journey begins in a remote mountain region of China and spans continents. The author proved herself to be a gifted storyteller."  - Jan Alflen -

"Pull up a chair, refresh yourself with a cup of tea, and prepare yourself for a remarkable adventure! Li-Yan's story unfolds between 1988-2016. Steeped in tribal customs and strong family bonds, her life journey begins in a remote mountain region of China and spans continents. The author proved herself to be a gifted storyteller."

- Jan Alflen -

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

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"A ramble through the luxury, entitlement, and what passes for adolescent rebellion in an upper middle class (really lower upper class) Midwestern suburb. The emergence of an "outsider" with a dark side is what adds, somewhat ploddingly, some spice to the story. Well-written and feels authentic. If you've lived it or read John Cheever or Richard Ford, it may not be very compelling. However, if this is new territory for the reader, it could be fascinating."

- John Fitzpatrick -

GULP - Mary Roach

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"Witty, entertaining, and highly educational, Mary Roach's "Gulp" is nothing short of fabulous! As a recent graduate with a Bachelor's degree in biology, I ate this book up (pun intended!). This New York Times Bestseller tackles the adventures that take place inside of the alimentary canal and explores questions from "What is saliva's purpose" to "Could chewing more thoroughly lower the national debt?".  Roach is "America's funniest science writer"  and her books are as "Engrossing as they are gross". I was absolutely delighted by Gulp and cannot wait to read her other masterpieces! 10/10."

- Maeve Alflen -