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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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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: The Underwater Healer

Erena Shimoda is an underwater healer and portrait photographer.  She travels the world to work with cancer patients, helping them to improve their self-esteem and heal their mind and body. There’s magic in being underwater and Erena hopes the experience to be a transformation, allowing them to feel their beauty and heal emotional scars. Beautiful concept. She …

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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 …

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Cool Mona’s Top 5 Reads Of 2015

I can’t quit talking about them. I wonder how the author developed such concepts and characters. I bring them up in random conversations. I won’t forget them. Just The Facts by Ellen Sherman, 2015 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 2014 The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, 2010. Fates And Furies by Lauren …