The Beautiful Little Things by Melissa Hill

The Beautiful Little Things by Melissa Hill pulled me in gently but firmly. The characters felt almost too real at every turn. The breakdowns in communications and the assumptions made about each other and situations felt all too familiar. I cheered them on, shook my head at bad decisions, and urged them to just talk to each other. Hill creates the kind of family drama and tension that often accompanies big changes in life with a nuance that felt voyeuristic at times. The Beautiful Little Things tells the story of a family navigating love, relationships, disappointment, guilt, and most of all, grief. As the family tries to navigate through unspoken resentments and unfair assumptions about one another, they are also navigating grief over their beloved matriarch and their perceptions of her perfection leading them to lash out and create havoc for all even while using her last journal as a guide to find their way back to each other. The Beautiful Little Things is all about navigating the little things in life to embrace the larger things in life when opportunity arises while also letting go of expectations of both one's self and others.

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The January 6th Report

Iron & Velvet: poetry for hearts breaking and blooming by Stefanie Briar

Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History by Nur Masalha

A Week in Summer: A Short Story by Maeve Benchy

Six O'Clock Silence: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery by Joanne Pence

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