Articles — Kimberly Bond

A Wrinkle in Time and Five More Fantastic Time-Travel Books by Women

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One of the most well-known time-travel books of all time is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. This beloved story about Meg Murry, her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace, and the forces of good and evil that impact their family is already a classic, and it’s about to become even more famous due to the new movie starring Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon that is due to be released in March 2018. In honor of Madeline L’Engle, who was one of the first women to win the Life Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Awards,...

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First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

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That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Nearly every reader will instantly recognize this quote as the famous words that astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered as he became the first man to ever set foot on the moon. NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and research, was truly an achievement for all of humanity. Armstrong’s words both acknowledged this achievement as well as his unique place in it, ensuring the moment that he said them that they would be repeated many times over in news stories, history classrooms, and books...

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The World of Gilead

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Author Marilynne Robinson’s first novel, Housekeeping, was published in 1980. More than two decades later, after many years of teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Robinson published a new novel, Gilead, in 2004. The praise for this unique, memoir-style novel was nearly universal. Gilead won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award. Robinson, who earned her doctorate in English from The University of Washington in 1977, has since also been awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal and the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, both lifetime achievement awards for her...

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Four Book Series to Check Out if You Love Game of Thrones

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The smash hit HBO series Game of Thrones had up to 16 million viewers for its most-watched episodes last year. Fans love the combination of grim political scheming and bloodshed mixed with elements of the fantastic like fire-breathing dragons, ice wights, and miraculous resurrections.  However, Westeros has come and gone from our television screens until possibly 2019. True fans will already know (and may already have read) that the series was inspired by the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin. The series includes five published volumes and two more still to come. But what’s a...

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Book Review - The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

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 Whether you’re into history, legal drama, or medical mysteries, non-fiction bestseller The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women has something for you.  Author Kate Moore uses intimately personal details to weave together the tragic and compelling story of the Radium Girls, young women who grasped an opportunity and wound up suffering more greatly than any of them could imagine. Ultimately, this book carries a message of hope; it’s a story of the underdog triumphing over the powerful against all odds. But be warned – this book verges on horror as it unflinchingly describes the gruesome injuries...

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