The View from Apartment Four Book Review from @kleffnotes

This deeply personal and emotional work, The View from Apartment Four: On Loving and Leaving New York, takes readers on a tour through his life starting from his arrival in New York City at the age of 24 with the goal of carving out a career by any means necessary as a writer. Skip Rozin writes in the way that only a journalist and true writer can by including incisive wit and unflinching honesty. The stories of his life create a heartfelt and often humorous image of the writer’s efforts to remain viable in the difficult environment of the city. Continue reading “The View from Apartment Four Book Review from @kleffnotes”

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Crowning Glory: River’s Journey Book Review from @kleffnotes

Crowning Glory: River’s Journey is Taylor Thompson’s debut novel that follows in the footsteps of notable writers like Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Her story focuses on River Thomas, a young black girl who is struggling with self-acceptance and particularly her insecure connection to her hair. Set in 1956 the story follows her journey, which begins with her hair in childhood and then moves forward into her adult life, again tying the plot back to her hair. This is a story that examines coming to terms with yourself and how you feel perceived by the world around you. Continue reading “Crowning Glory: River’s Journey Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Travels with Sushi in the Land of the Mind Book Review from @kleffnotes

Aaron and Stella get to spend every summer with their grandparents, enjoying the beach and eating sushi every night. One night they try some special sushi that leads them to an alternate universe known as The Land of the Mind. This new place is ruled by various types of math and quantum physics, but evil is seeping in. Aaron and Stella must work to understand this world and save the Land of the Mind from falling into chaos in Travels with Sushi n the Land of the Mind. Continue reading “Travels with Sushi in the Land of the Mind Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Victoria’s Voice Book Review from @kleffnotes

David and Jackie Siegel’s lives completely changed on June 6th 2015 when they received a heartbreaking call informing them that their 18 year old daughter Victoria had died of a drug overdose. Her parents vowed that they would do whatever it takes to keep other parents from ever having to experience this moment. Right after Victoria’s death, Jackie was told through text by one of her daughter’s friends to look in Victoria’s bedroom nightstand for a secret diary and suggested that she publish it. Victoria’s Voice is that secret diary and is Victoria’s own words brought to life in the hopes of showing the full picture of her life before her tragic death. Continue reading “Victoria’s Voice Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Bad Day Children’s Book Review from @kleffnotes

Bad Day is the fifth children’s book from Ruby Roth and adds to her mission of making change in the world. She provides young readers with a way to see how to take care of their own well-being while also finding strength and happiness in the process. It examines neuro-diversity and emotions as a bad day evolves for main character Hennie. Continue reading “Bad Day Children’s Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Savant Book Review from @kleffnotes

The Avery family was the picture of a model family. Steven and Diane lived with their son Micheal in a world of wealth, success, and happiness, but their charmed life would not last. In Savant, their world is shattered when Steven is unexpectedly murdered in what many believed was a random act of violence. Michael grows up as the case grows cold and he takes it upon himself to get justice. With his exceptional intellect and eidetic memory he will re-open his father’s case and search for the killer who changed his life forever. Continue reading “Savant Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted Book Review from @kleffnotes

If you love X-Men or Harry Potter, then the upcoming release The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted is something that you will love. Conor Grennan brings to life a world of dark and mysterious forces through his main character Jack Carlson. Never expecting that some sort of powers lie deep inside him, Jack struggles to understand what is happening to him as he finds himself suddenly at The Hadley Academy. Continue reading “The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Stealing Cinderella Book Review from @kleffnotes

Based on a true story, Mark D. Diehl shares how he fell in love in South Korea where just being with the woman he loved brought taunts and threats. Stealing Cinderella: How I Became an International Fugitive for Love shares the story of Diehl and his love, Jennifer. In a story that feels like Romeo and Juliet with an international spin, this read is a hopeful story that will inspire romantics and those who often shun romance as well. Continue reading “Stealing Cinderella Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Interview with Shirin Ariff from @kleffnotes

I had the chance to chat with Shirin Ariff, the author of The Second Wife: Seduced Into Slavery. Her book focuses on her own experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse. By taking her love for her children she was able to transition that into love for herself, which has led her to this book and a career helping others work through their own experiences. Thank you to Shirin Ariff for answering all of my questions. Continue reading “Interview with Shirin Ariff from @kleffnotes”

The Power Book Book Review from @kleffnotes

Coming out on October 1st, The Power Book is a beautifully illustrated work that examines questions like “What makes you the boss of me?”, “Why can some people vote for their leaders, while other people can’t?”, and “Why are there fewer female scientists, leaders, and artists than men in history books?” Geared toward young readers, primarily those 7 to 11, this work speaks frankly and candidly about these topics and many more to help children understand the idea of power and how it is used in society. This work also includes a foreword by Roxane Gay, whose powerful words set up the book perfectly. Continue reading “The Power Book Book Review from @kleffnotes”