Mary D.'s Book Reviews

Same As It Ever Was: A Novel By Claire Lombardo Cover Image
Reviewed by: Mary D.
Posted: June 23, 2024

If insightful books about flawed families who manage to stay together appeal to you, this is your summer book. Centered around motherhood,  a marriage with challenges from both the past and the present, and an intergenerational friendship that sparks both support and peril, this family will stay with you…


Long Island (Eilis Lacey Series) By Colm Toibin Cover Image
Reviewed by: Mary D.
Posted: April 28, 2024

20 years after Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín revisits Eilis Lacey and Enniscorthy. Peppered with regret, Eilis reconsiders the decisions that have shaped her life. Perhaps Tóibín's greatest gift is his ability to tell a deftly layered story by what is left unsaid...


I Am a Masterpiece!: An Empowering Story About Inclusivity and Growing Up with Down Syndrome By Mia Armstrong, Alexandra Thompson (Illustrator) Cover Image
Reviewed by: Mary D.
Posted: March 28, 2024

Charmingly illustrated with a sparkling, inspiring message, this is a picture book for everyone! Readers will meet Mia, a young girl with Down syndrome, as she explores the world and demonstrates that her neurodivergence is a superpower and not a disability. This sweet book promotes inclusivity and acceptance in a fun and empowering story.