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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Door

The Door by Magda Szabo, one of Hungary’s most important 20th-­century writers. This novel has quite the history: The Door, Szabo’s best-known novel, was originally published in Hungary in 1987, translated from the Hungarian into English in 1995 and again in 2005 for British publication. The British translation won the 2006 Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: H Is For Hawk

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, published 2014. Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and 2014 Costa Book of the Year. Shortlisted for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. An exquisitely-written literary meditation. A wholly enrapturing memoir of the year following the unexpected death of Macdonald’s father, Alisdair Macdonald, a …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Muralist

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, published 2015. Talk about timing. An important look at two world-changing topics: the refugees of pre-war WWII trying to enter the United States and the budding American school of Abstract Expressionism. A strange combination, you’re thinking, but not so according to the beautiful piece of historical fiction B.A. Shapiro paints. …

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Cool Mona’s 2015 Photo Of The Year

1st Place – 2015 Natural World Photography Competition Title: The World In Our Hands Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe When a black rhino calf was found lost and dehydrated, it was brought in for rehabilitation at Malilangwe reserve. There, anti-poaching scouts are caring for it until it grows older. Illegal hunting of …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: A Little Life

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, published 2015. Shortlisted (1 of 4) for the 2015 National Book Award, shortlisted (1 of 6) for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and finalist for The 2015 Kirkus Prize For Fiction. Buckle up and prepare for the most challenging, upsetting and profoundly moving book that you may possibly ever …