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Staff Picks Book Review - The Incredible Events in Women’s Cell Number 3 by Kira Yarmysh

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Though far from a hardened criminal, Anya has found herself arrested in Putin's Russia. Her crime is organizing an unsanctioned political protest. She is soon sentenced to ten days in a detention facility, but she is not alone. Five other women share women's cell number 3. Read more about The Incredible Events in Women's Cell Number 3 by Kira Yarmysh and other books with strong female characters that meet the Bechdel Test.

Staff Picks Book Review – The Culture Wars of Warren Folks by Tim Gilmore

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When we think of the study of history, many draw images of strangely dressed figures from hundreds or even thousands of years ago. When learning about American History, we learn about the Founding Fathers and the Civil War. When learning about Florida history, we learn about the Seminole tribe, Ponce de Leon, Ribault, and the founding of St. Augustine

Staff Picks Book Review - Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

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Angeline Boulley’s critically acclaimed novel starts out with most of the things the average teenager is concerned with: dating, friendships, school, sports, and family relationships. The tone of the book switches about a quarter of the way through with a gunshot that takes away Daunis’ closest friend and the innocence of her small community

Staff Picks Book Review - Sometimes People Die by Simon Stephenson

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As Dr. Sudbury tells the junior doctors in her hospital, "a hospital is a dangerous place to be". This message is driven home by the unnamed narrator in Sometimes People Die. A Scotsman by birth, the young doctor has joined the staff of St. Luke's Hospital. A former opioid addict who used his role as a health care provider to fuel his addiction, the young protagonist opens up about the life of a doctor, particularly an overworked one in London's east end. Late nights, the pressure of career advancement, the deaths of patients and loved ones, and the stress of a job with the ever-present mantra to "do no harm" come through wonderfully in the narrator's candid dialogue with the reader.


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