If I were to write an Amazon review of A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred, it would probably be the following: A Simplified Map of the Real World is a collection of 15 linked short stories that take place in Renata, Oregon and … [Read more...]
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A few years ago one of my fourth-graders walked up to me during the last week of school and said, "Mrs. Lemonier, my grandpa's a writer." Aren't we all, I rudely thought. "What does he write?" "Science Fiction!" Hmmm... She introduced me to … [Read more...]
Tornado Warning: a Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman's Life by Elin Stebbins Waldal is the beautifully told story of the author's survival of horrific domestic violence as a teenager. Ms. Waldal uses journal entries from those … [Read more...]