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About That Unique* Weblog

Adjusting to car culture, dealing with leaving a career I loved, and spouting off along the way. Do The Most Good.

Review: FAKERS, An Insider’s Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams

Whether the young people in your life believe every tall tale or have already developed their cynicism into an art, FAKERS is sure to entertain and educate them about both the history and the current state of cons, hoaxes, and … Continue reading

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Review: Nightmare Detective: The Skeleton King

Nightmare Detective: The Skeleton King by first-time author Monk Inyang, is a fast-paced and fun read that addresses both fighting fears (real and imagined) and strengthening confidence in young people. The novel’s main character, 12-year old Uko Hill, a Black boy … Continue reading

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Review: Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

The collection of 13 short stories that makes up UNBROKEN: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens is diverse in almost every way imaginable. Edited by Marieke Nijkamp, the stories feature varied disabilities, ranging from legal blindness to deep anxiety to using … Continue reading

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Review: Struttin’ With Some Barbecue

STRUTTIN’ WITH SOME BARBECUE, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Rachel Himes, showcases the personality, talent, and successes of Lil Hardin Armstrong, the First Lady of Jazz.  This biography in verse is fun to read and filled with … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Repeat!!! Repeat.

Good advice from outside 23 Skiddoo. Take it several times a day. 23 Skiddoo in Bloomfield has fantastic hot drinks, a comfortable room with lots of seating, and a laidback and open atmosphere.

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Review: New Kid by Jerry Craft

Jerry Craft’s new graphic novel, NEW KID, is honest, crammed with real moments, and it is an excellent commentary on you and you and me and the biases and vulnerabilities we all share. The main character, Jordan Banks, is a … Continue reading

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Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE is author Jen Doll’s first novel, although she’s also written extensively for various magazines and newspapers, and she also wrote a memoir before penning this young adult delight. Unclaimed Baggage centers on three flawed but very likable teens, … Continue reading

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Review: ODDITY by Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon’s debut novel ODDITY (November 2017) starts off with a burst of hauntingly familiar but life-threatening activity, and it never lets up. Set in the future, Oddity (named after the town in which the events take place) is a cross between sci-fi, horror, … Continue reading

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My Highly Subjective 2018 Book Round-Up

2018 has been an incredibly, painfully long year. One thing that has made it bearable has been the wonderful array of books we have at our fingertips. Hi. I love books. This year I’ve read children’s books, middle grade books, … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Elf on the Sidewalk

It would have been fun enough to simply happen upon a larger-than-life-sized Elf being hoisted up to the roof of a downtown building. But when a life-sized Elf gets out of an SUV and is just as excited as you … Continue reading

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