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    Yolk

    Mary H.K. Choi's young adult offering Yolk deftly maintains several plotlines running through the life of main character Jayne, a Korean American college student in New York City. Jayne's older sister, June, learns she has uterine cancer, and the question of whether she will recover lingers over the...

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    Gilmore Girls, Lane Kim and Asian Americans on Television

    In Mary H.K. Choi's Yolk, June is particularly fond of the Warner Brothers (WB) Network television series Gilmore Girls. At first glance, the show seems like a somewhat anachronistic and unlikely pop culture presence in the novel. Set in Connecticut, it first aired in 2000; Choi's characters June ...

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    The Blizzard Party

    It is 1978 and the place is New York City. A massive bacchanalian party is taking place at an Upper West Side apartment suite inside the Apelles complex, a beehive of well-to-do and elite New Yorkers. Hazel Saltwater is six years old and inexplicably dropped into the middle of this vortex of drugs, ...

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    Impact of the Blizzard of 1978 on the Northeastern U.S.

    Jack Livings' debut novel The Blizzard Party revolves around an incident that occurs during the historic 'Blizzard of '78,' a massive storm that hit the northeastern United States February 5-7, 1978, burying New England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area under feet of snow....

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    The Light of Days

    Renia, Sarah, Zivia, Frumka, Hantze, Tosia, Vladka, Chajka, Gusta, Hela, Bela, Lonka, Tema, Chasia, Chaika, Ruzka, Vitka, Zelda, Faye, and Anna.

    These are the names of the women who populate Judy Batalion's nonfiction narrative, The Light of Days. It is, to be sure, a dizzying cast of characters...

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    Holocaust Refugees and the British White Papers

    'To fight or flee?' This is a question the Polish resistance fighters must ask themselves in Judy Batalion's The Light of Days. As the German army advanced across Europe and persecution of the Jews intensified, those who chose to flee had to decide where to go. As their own countries were invaded, ...

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    Hummingbird Salamander

    In Hummingbird Salamander, Jeff VanderMeer weaves cybersecurity, bioterrorism, wildlife trafficking and climate change into a cryptic story. While the book includes hallmarks of dystopian fiction, its bizarre events unfold in a world that is eerily relatable to our current moment, sitting in a ...

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    Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America

    In Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer, the main character is left a taxidermied hummingbird as a clue. Early on in the book, it is revealed that this hummingbird belongs to a now-extinct species; wildlife trafficking and environmental degradation both become themes of the novel. ...

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    The Women of Chateau Lafayette

    The Women of Chateau Lafayette, Stephanie Dray's latest work of historical fiction, revolves around three courageous individuals who navigate the dangers of warfare during different time periods: Adrienne Lafayette (1759-1807), a politically astute woman who helped her husband usher in the French ...

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    The Woman's Peace Party

    In The Women of Chateau Lafayette, New York socialite and war supporter Beatrice Ashley Chanler is often at odds with the Woman's Peace Party (WPP), an organization that opposed war in general and the United States' entry into World War I in particular. Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia ...

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    Windhall

    Ava Barry's debut mystery novel Windhall is centered around the salacious murder of a starlet named Eleanor Hayes during Hollywood's Golden Age in the 1940s. At the time of her death, Hayes is a household name and embodies the glamour and beauty of the era, especially in films directed by her friend...

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    The Black Dahlia Murder

    In Windhall, the murder of Hollywood starlet Eleanor Hayes is the unsolved crime of the century. Eleanor's friend and movie director Theodore Langley was initially accused of the crime, but he was never charged, and speculation abounds as to what exactly happened on that unfortunate night. ...

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