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Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

2022 Book Reading Challenge by The Running Bibliophile

2022 Book Challenge

Looking to challenge yourself in 2022 or get out of your comfort zone when it comes to books? We all look forward to planning what we'll read in the new year. Let us know what you're planning on reading.
Here are twelve ways to challenge yourself this year when it comes to reading.

January 2022

Listen to an audiobook.

February 2022

Read a book written by an African American author.

March 2022

Read a book about a notable woman in history.

April 2022

Read a collection of poetry.

May 2022

Read a book about mental health.

June 2022

Read a book written by a LGBTQ author.

July 2022

Read a book with food in the title.

August 2022

Read a romance book.

September 2022

Read a book recommended by your librarian.

October 2022

Read a book about Halloween or a book in the mystery, thriller, or horror genre.

November 2022

Read a book as a family and discuss.

December 2022

Read a book about Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or any other holiday celebrated during the month of December.



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