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Book Review by Brittany Burchett It isn’t easy to find a Spanish novel that’s known around the world. The Shadow of the Wind, a 2001 novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is one of the best-selling books of all time, selling fifteen million copies globally. Critics have often described it as “Gabriel Garcia Marquez meets Umberto [...]

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Book Review by Kim Kankiewicz There is a sly moment in Kim Church’s debut novel, Byrd, when a minor character pans a poet for writing “a whole book about not having children.” The character, who works at a bookstore, resists shelving the book as fiction lest customers “think there’s a plot.” Church, herself a poet, [...]

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Review by Greg Petty Raleigh resident N. P. Simpson is no stranger to the military as her former husband was a Marine based at Camp Lejeune. During his tour there she wrote pieces for the base paper the Globe and also worked as a reporter for Jacksonville’s the Daily News. Consequently she is very familiar [...]

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Reviewed by Brittany Burchett I like literature. I dig into it and separate the pieces and then I put them together to find the larger picture and the bigger meaning. So it frustrates me when, at the end, the pieces in a story don’t make a picture but just a shapeless mass. And that’s what [...]

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By Michael Vladimirovich Money runs the world’s economy. It determines who rules nations, and it rules lives. These are the three most significant properties attributed to the power of money, in addition to its basic function as a medium of exchange. But we can attribute several less significant properties, although similarly important, to the power [...]