4 stars for Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

   “Depressing. Heartbreaking. And so, so real. I probably would not have pushed through were it not for being the adoptive mom of three who were chewed up and spit out by the selfsame opioid epidemic that hit the families in this book. The insights into how hard it is to rise above, when anyone whose head sticks up gets beat back down by the culture, are excellent. You might as well keep your head down in the first place. How the brutality is just… their normal. It’s an unsettling book, but it needed to be written.” — anonymous

4 stars for The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

   “Very interesting memoir of a young girl who flees Rwanda with her sister during the genocide. Her writing is so vivid – it really takes you there, especially during the refugee camp scenes.” – Nicole Shue

5 stars for The Only One Left by Riley Sager

   “Oh, the twists and turns! Riley Sager never disappoints. One of my favorite authors!” – Tina Bitler

5 stars for Divergent audiobook by Veronica Roth

   “Good story line. Keeps your attention.” – Shannon Bennett

5 stars for Tuesdays with Morrie audiobook by Mitch Albom

   “Very thought evoking. I would read again. Wish it was a longer read. 😊” – Shannan Bennett