March 7, 2023 by Amanda MacGregor
An extremely thoughtful and moving examination of death that focuses on the honor of being with someone when they die. A complex read that isn't easy but is worth it.
February 27, 2023 by Amanda MacGregor
Sometimes a story can prepare you for when that unexpected experience does happen. And sometimes it can even prevent the worst from happening at all.
February 13, 2023 by Amanda MacGregor
Lizzy Mason puts it all here on the page---the grief and guilt are palpable. The despair is crushing. It's not an easy read. But it's an important one.
January 24, 2023 by Amanda MacGregor
I didn’t originally intend to write a book about grief. But then, my father died.
May 14, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
I always like a good road trip book. Stiggy sets off on his own, but spends the majority of his trip meeting people who both literally and metaphorically make him change course. Hand this to readers who like stories with strong (and sometimes not necessarily super likable) characters.
February 5, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
Author Shelley Sackier joins us to talk about the vital task of connecting readers with books that help provide solace, unity, sureness, and the message that they are not alone.
January 18, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Before I Let Go tells the story of two girls in the arctic heart of Alaska. Two girls who were best friends, who were discovering who they could be, who were each other’s center of gravity. It tells of grief and ice, of mystery and mental illness. And it was, at least in part, born […]
January 9, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description It’s Kind of a Funny Story meets Daria in the darkly hilarious tale of a teen’s attempt to remake her public image and restore inner peace through reality TV. The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push […]
December 21, 2017 by Amanda MacGregor
When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the December 2017 School Library Journal Xpress Reviews. PACKEBUSH, Nina. Girls Like Me. 204p. Bedazzled Ink. Nov. 2017. […]
November 8, 2017 by Karen Jensen, MLS
Let me begin by saying this: It has been a long time since I have been so very conflicted about a book. If you have read this book, I really would like to discuss it with you. PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOK DEALS WITH SOME VERY TRIGGERING ISSUES INCLUDING SUICIDE AND EATING DISORDERS. ALSO, I CAN’T […]
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