5 Minutes for Books

Inescapable is the story of twenty-three year old Lizzie Engel, who had fled her Mennonite hometown of Kingdom, Kansas, shortly after the birth of her daughter, Charity. The pain of growing up with a strict […]

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Glamorous Illusions is the first novel in Lisa T. Bergren’s new Grand Tour series. The year is 1913, and Cora Diehl returns from her second year of college to find her father struck down by […]

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Use Your Words, Kate Hopper

I think that most mothers want to record their children’s lives. Many of us started blogs prompted by the reflection that motherhood brought out in us. Others share joys and frustrations via Facebook or Twitter. […]

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Jennifer Gilbert seemed to have it all – an affluent upbringing, a great education followed by post-college travel to Europe, and plans to take the Manhattan business world by storm upon her return. Then suddenly, […]

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5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Lauren is the perfect person to review this, as both a booklover and someone dealing with a restrictive diet: Several years ago, I developed some digestive issues that led […]

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Jane Green is an expert at writing about relationships, especially those among woman, and she’s outdone herself with her latest novel, Another Piece of My Heart, where she tackles step-motherhood. Andi finally found the love […]

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When I Woke Up I Was a Hippopotamus, written by Tom MacRae and illustrated by Ross Collins, is the charming story of a little boy who wakes up one morning feeling like a big hippopotamus […]

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Although All That I Am by Anna Funder is a novel, it is based on the true story of four young Germans (Ruth, Dora, Hans, and Ernst Toller) who fled their country in order to […]

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This week 5 Minutes for Books reviewer Elizabeth takes a look at 2 new books that are taking advantage of the dystopian craze in YA literature (equally enjoyed by adults) that Hunger Games did not […]

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Barbara Houghteling is co-partner of Birthday Keepsakes, an online baby keepsakes website. When she came up with the idea for a personalized storybook, her daughter Jana, then a senior in high school, read her mom’s […]

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