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ahynes1

ahynes1@books.theunseen.city

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Old guard geek, with an MDiv, an interest in progressive politics and a desire to become more culturally aware through reading fiction. I especially like post modern and polyphonic fiction

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In the Time of the Butterflies (Paperback, 1995, Plume) 4 stars

It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked …

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I read this book for National Hispanic Heritage Month. I had previously read How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and I enjoyed both books. I always hesitate starting about book about the Domincan Republic during the Trujillo era. It was such a dark and brutal period and I don't want to get mired in books about torture. Yet this book is not about torture. It is about four sisters trying to make sense and meaning in a difficult time. It is a book about resilience and hardship. It is a book about faith and love and how we live our lives. It is a book we can all learn from even today

Middlesex (Paperback, 2003, Bloomsbury) 4 stars

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day …

This powerful book is written with keen word play and an eye for detail. It takes you through the life of Greek immigrants in Detroit written through the eyes of an intersex person. In addition to the vivid descriptions, and has some fascinating plot twists. When I read books like this, I wonder how accurate the depictions of certain types of people are. How much does Eugenides really know about being intersex? I poked around a little and people claim that he did not engage with the intersex community

In the Time of the Butterflies (2010, Algonquin) 4 stars

It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked …

Review of 'In the Time of the Butterflies' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I read this book for National Hispanic Heritage Month. I had previously read How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and I enjoyed both books. I always hesitate starting about book about the Domincan Republic during the Trujillo era. It was such a dark and brutal period and I don't want to get mired in books about torture. Yet this book is not about torture. It is about four sisters trying to make sense and meaning in a difficult time. It is a book about resilience and hardship. It is a book about faith and love and how we live our lives. It is a book we can all learn from even today.

Where We Come From (Hardcover, 2019, Knopf) 4 stars

Review of 'Where We Come From' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

In the news, we see reports on various aspects of immigration, particularly in terms of human suffering or politicians seeking to score political points. Yet what immigration and the southern border of the United States looks like to regular Hispanic Americans seems to be inadequately explored in the national conversation.

This books helps explore this dynamic through the eyes of a woman in Brownsville, TX, her godson and various other relatives. I strongly recommend this book to anyone seeking a more nuanced understanding of issues around immigration in the United States

Still Alice (Paperback, 2007, iUniverse, Inc.) 4 stars

Review of 'Still Alice' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A friend of mine has Alzheimer's disease. She watched the disease take her relatives, so she knows what is in store for her. I'm not sure if she recommended "Still Alice" to me, or someone else did, but I found it to be a powerful telling of the story of one brilliant woman who develops early onset Alzheimer's disease. If you know someone with Alzheimer's diesease, you should really read this book. Even if you don't, reading this book may make you a more caring and understanding person, which we need more of this days.

"Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a …

Review of 'This mournable body' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

You start reading this book and find it is written in the second person, which you find disorienting. It becomes further disorienting as you learn of the struggles of the protagonist. Along the way, you meet characters that provide a sense of hope and normalcy, something you recognize, and long for in this story. It is a challenging story, and at times, you struggle to keep going In the end, you are glad the story is over and that you have made it to the end.

This is not a book to read lightly. It is a book to struggle with and it is well worth the struggle.

No One Is Talking About This (Hardcover, 2021, Riverhead Books) 3 stars

As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence …

Review of 'No One Is Talking About This' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Stream of consciousness social media snarkiness meets the Proteus syndrome.

What happens when you are caught up in a world of self-important snarky social media memes, and then you run into something that challenges all you've ever thought about the meaning of life?

This is a powerful story, at times a little uneven, well work the read, especially for people that spend a lot of time online.

Ordinary Grace (2013, Atria Books) 5 stars

Review of 'Ordinary Grace' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Written from the point of view of the thirteen year old son of a minister in Minnesota, this books covers the mystery around several deaths in a small town. Yet it is much more than just another mystery book. Instead, it is following the emotional and spiritual journeys of the characters as they struggle with these deaths. It almost seems like a book that should be used in a pastoral care class.

Grace, ordinary, and awful challenges the beliefs of many of the characters. A moving read.

Review of 'Before the Snow' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I chose to read this book, as another one in my reading novels set in Canada. It is another emotionally powerful book as an older sister disappears, and elderly neighbor heads to the hospital, a stranger comes to town in Northern Ontario. There are touches of mystery and maybe even Hallmark romance, spun around people dealing with difficult emotional issues. Well worth the read.

Speed of Mercy (Paperback, 2021, House of Anansi Press) 4 stars

Review of 'Speed of Mercy' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I started reading this out of interest in fiction set in Nova Scotia. I prompted me to stop and read about the Annapolis Valley, Black Loyalists, DeWolfe and Mount Hope (aka the NS). The author clearly had a sense of what she was writing about.

The story hit close to home because of plot elements related to my family, which I won't share out of concern for family privacy as well as not wanting to share possible spoilers. Suffice it to say, it struck close to home. I wonder if I would have found it as moving if it wasn't as close to home.

If you have trauma in your family, take a moment to consider if this is a book you should tackle. If so, be prepared for an emotional journey.