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  • Missing May by Rylant, Cynthia.
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    A very introspective story that explores the different manifestations of grief after losing a loved one, and how one can find solace and hope where it is least expected.  Summer is an orphan who has been blessed with a very special aunt and uncle, May and Ob, who have loved and cared for her since she was six years old. Their home in the mountains of West Virginia is just what Summer needed after being passed from relative to relative, basic needs cared for, but basically ignored and unloved.  With May and Ob, Summer received all of the love she'd been missing and plenty more.  But since May's sudden death, Summer and Ob have been finding it extremely difficult to figure out life without her.  Ob, especially, is experiencing major depression at the thought of continuing life without his beloved May, which leaves Summer to deal with her pain, grief and fear for the future, all alone.   Family was something Summer never could take for granted, until May and Ob took her into their hearts. And now it looks like, after only six short years, she might lose the only real family she’s ever known.   

    I'd recommend this to middle and high school readers who appreciate a quiet, contemplative type of book that allows one to ponder life's events and what they mean for each of us.  We all have fears, and experience loss, at some time or another, and this book gives us a glimpse into the mind of a young girl trying to work through those feelings and hold together what little family she has left.  It's not action-packed by any means, but slow and steady, allowing us to really connect with Summer, and see how she handles some of life's biggest issues.  Other similar books I'd suggest to those who enjoy Missing May are A Fine White Dust, by the same author, and Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt.  

    Reviewed by Megan M on Aug 10, 2020

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  • The other Mrs. by Kubica, Mary,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    a married couple move their family to his sisters house. His sister committed suicide and he gets the house and his niece. There's a murder that occurs and the wife is positive someone in their house committed the murder. She is right but not who you think. Good book.

    Reviewed by Donna P on Aug 5, 2020

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  • Invisible women : data bias in a world designed… by Criado-Perez, Caroline,
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Gender bias is so intrinsically woven into modern society it gets overlooked and thus becomes a non-discussion point. Consider reading this book which covers wage bias, and also more subtle vexing things.

    This is essentially a collection of statistics which entail how systems made by men and for men are minimizing and marginalizing the other 50% of the population. It does this by breaking the statistics down into chapter-spanning categories and creating a cohesive narrative to explain how all of these events are related and come back to the same basic problem.

    It might not be uplifting to read all these statistics and honestly for eachone mentioned there are probably many others which will occur to you from life. Take for example mammograms. Women get mammograms as necessary, however the mamogram machine was designed by a man and literally is very humiliating and debasing as far as squeeze machine technology goes (who knows what the future will hold) but what if the screening proceedure had been developed by a female not a male physician (?)

    Women shouldn't be living lives weighed against an un-fair standard and only by getting both genders to read up on and begin discussing solutions to the inequality will things change for the better. Check it out!

    Reviewed by Ellen E on Aug 4, 2020

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  • Bohemian rhapsody
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    this the story of Queen. Was a good movie. Good music. Revealed some things that if didn't happen would have been better for the group and keeping them closer. If you like Queen a good movie to watch. I enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Donna P on Aug 4, 2020

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  • The Witches
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    the movie is about a group of witches having a convention and they want to turn children into mice. A boy and his grandmother look for a way to stop them. They come up with a formuka that turns them into mice and are successful in doing so. The boy does become a mouse in the process. Will he return to human form? You will have to watch the movie and see. was a good movie

    Reviewed by Donna P on Aug 4, 2020

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  • North country
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Based on a class acyion in 2002. A woman leaves her abusive husband and moves back home and takes a job in the iron mines. Her a few other women that work there get harrassed by the men who feel that the job should only be for men. She gets enough women to eventually join her and they take the owner of the mine to court for harrassment. Was a very good movie.

    Reviewed by Donna P on Aug 3, 2020

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