Laura Stevenson

“Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era1946-1960”  by Rick Winston - Rootstock Publishing, 2018
This interesting and informative book has its roots in “Vermont in the McCarthy Era,” a conference that Winston helped to organize and for which he was a researcher. A...
“The Benefits of Being an Octopus” by Ann Braden Sky Pony Press, 2018
Are there really benefits of being an octopus? Most people would say there aren’t, but seventh-grader Zoey knows better. One benefit, she has learned from a discarded DVD and the...
“The Opposite of Never” by Mary Kathleen Mehuron, Spark Press, 2018
Note: Laura Stevenson is featuring Vermont authors. The Vermont series started in April.
In an unusual love story, Mehuron portrays parallel Vermont romances of two generations: one of Kenny Simmons (...

One-Minute Book Reviews: Laura Stevenson
“Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words” by Kimberly Harrington, Harper Perennial, 2018 “Amateur Hour”’s subtitle implies that it’s a collection of profane essays on the sacred topic of motherhood, a description that’s more witty than accurate. True, the collection...
“Rescue” by Jessie Haas, Boyds Mill Press, 2018
Twelve-year-old Joni lives on a Vermont sheep farm. It’s a wonderful life. She has a pretty (and willful) pony, Archie, she has parents who trust her to be free and responsible, she has kittens to civilize. But her two best...
“Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words” by Kimberly Harrington Harper Perennial, 2018 Amateur Hour’s subtitle implies that it’s a collection of profane essays on the sacred topic of motherhood, a description that’s more witty than accurate. True...
“The Flight Attendant”  by Chris Bohjalian, Doubleday, 2018
Cassandra Bowen wakes slowly in a posh Dubai suite, hungover, ashamed of her one-night stand, and puzzled that she is still in bed with last night’s lover. She thought she’d left. She should have left.  She’s a flight attendant,...
“The Long Shadow” by Beth Kanell Gale
 Cengage Company, 2018
It’s March 1850 in North Upton, Vermont, where 15-year-old Alice Sanborn is the only girl in a prosperous farming family.  She and her friend Jerushah, the daughter of the innkeepers across the road, consider themselves...
“Defy the Stars” by Claudia Gray
Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Noemi Vidal is a 17-year-old soldier in the army of Genesis, a colony of the planet Earth that once rebelled against Earth’s oppression. The resulting war ensured Genesis’ independence for three generations, but...
“The 57 Bus” by Dashka Slater
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017
It’s November 4, 2013 in Oakland, California. The 57 bus is lumbering along its 11-mile route from the well-to-do houses in the hills to the impoverished neighborhoods in the flatlands where two-thirds of the city’s murders...

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