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Book Review: Maidless in Mumbai by Payal Kapadia

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Maidless in Mumbai by Payal Kapadia

Maidless in Mumbai is the perfect read for one struggling to take care of baby or is without a maid or may be more than one (even if minus baby). Payal Kapadia has taken a hilarious take on sleepless nights, howling baby, maids menace, advices overdose from both mom-in-law and mom, unhelpful husband, desperate need to excel in job (workaholic mom) and trying to put everything synchronized. While reading the book, I felt as if this author is the only one who perfectly empathizes with me, no one else understands me better and my struggles. So what if I was at my parents place, the baby sitter was not there and the two days I went to office then, I had to come back home within two hours because the baby missed me and cried, cried and continued crying without any control. But then some days are like that! And most days, ah, when things are fine, I wonder at the bliss and happiness of motherhood. Okay okay, let’s cut my crap short since this is a book review and not my own story post. But let me ask you (female readers) the one question, will you choose husband or maid!?! 😉

So back to the book, all that is managed even in okayish form is still good enough and that is how the story ends. Oh, did I reveal the ending? But what else were you expecting when reading a light book and strictly not a murder mysery/ thriller? So just take hold of this book, sit back (okay no sitting back, if you have a baby or you do not have a maid), just find time in between feeds (because that is what I do) or before you doze off in any random posture (I do this as well during my night time reads, where some nights it is just two lines before I sleep with a kindle in hand and lights switched on).

Keep watching my blog for more and more book reviews. Cheers!

Book blurb:

I am on top of things. I have a seriously stuck baby inside me, and a queue of people between my legs. But I am on top of things. 

Career-driven reporter Anu Narain has a plan for everything till motherhood comes along. The baby poops/ cries/ pisses/ feeds round the clock. Anu loses her mind/ the plot/ the maid. And cabin fever strikes when her mother-in-law and her mother come over to help.

How does Anu become a working mom when her husband is happy playing the shirking dad? And when her house is a railway station where every maid is a passing train? Will Anu use wile and guile to make the maids stay and The Moms leave? Or will she succumb to that strange Indian malaise called maidomania?

Hysterically funny, unapologetically honest, and charming all the way, this is the diary of a maidless Mumbai mom who dreams of only one thing-the perfect maid to live happily forever with.

About the author:

Payal Kapadia’s Wisha Wozzariter won the Crossword Book Award 2013 for Best Children’s Book and is also on the “101 Indian Children’s Books We Love!” list. She is also the author of Colonel Hathi Loses His Brigade and Puffin Lives: B.R. Ambedkar.

Payal started her career as a journalist with Outlook Magazine in Mumbai and The Japan Times in Tokyo, after receiving a Master’s degree from Northwestern University, Chicago. But writing books was a childhood dream, and one day, it was not enough to dream of writing any more. With Wisha Wozzariter, the story of a 10-year old girl who wishes she was a writer, Payal stopped wishing and started writing.

Payal’s newest book Horrid High is a perfectly horrid adventure in the world’s most horrid school. In the pipeline is the second part of Horrid High and a book about two unlikely princesses, a must-have for every girl everywhere.

Twitter: @payalrkapadia
Rating: 8/10
Genre:Chick Lit
Book Name:Maidless in Mumbai
Author:Payal Kapadia
Publication Year:2017

Book Review: The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Black Echo (Harry Bosch #1) by Michael Connelly

It has been months since I have written a book review because I did not feel like opening a laptop and writing book reviews in the format I do with image, book blurb, and brief about author is easier for me on laptop, perhaps that is to do with generation gap 😛 Seems like being a mom, has already aged me and I want to do nothing in my spare time other than to read books (ah yes, sleep too, most important).

So, to come back , to the book in question, this was the only book I completed in the month of Feb ’19. How many I read in this duration? Oh, do not ask me. There are so many unread 5%, 10%, 15%….books in line, since now very very few books hold my interest. And so, if I have completed this book (for I only write reviews of completed books), this must be one of the few good ones (mind it, not the best though). I want to read at least one book in the popular series, and if it is a thriller murder mystery, good good!

This is an okayish book and only recommended for mystery and thriller buffs or those looking for typical books in this genre for a change. An easy read, it has all the masala (not Bollywood ones) that should make a mystery book a success. Ah, but that is my view, of course. And perhaps that is why I could complete this book in between a hectic schedule. Try checking this out, or read more reviews to find if this is the book that caters to your taste. All the best and enjoy! 🙂

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews!

Book blurb:
For maverick LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch, the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal…because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam “tunnel rat” who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war. Now Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit. Pitted against enemies inside his own department and forced to make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, Bosch goes on the hunt for a killer whose true face will shock him.
About the author:
Michael Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. After three years, he began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly has followed that up with 26 more novels.

Michael is the bestselling author of thirty-two novels and one work of non-fiction with over seventy-four million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include Dark Sacred Night, Two Kinds Of Truth, The Late Show, The Wrong Side Of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box. Michael’s crime fiction career was honored with the Diamond Dagger from the CWA in 2018.

Michael is the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his bestselling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of the documentary films, Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story and Tales of the American. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Twitter: @ConnellyBooks

Rating: 7/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:The Black Echo
(Harry Bosch #1)
Author:Michael Connelly
Publication Year:1992

Book Review: The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

EtherealJinxed | book review | the cafe by the sea by jenny colgan

After completing Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, Cafe by the Sea was a better improvement, though I liked Jenny Colgan’s other book The Bookshop on the Corner much much better. Okay, so since this is another chick lit, so people who do not like this genre, can stop reading this review right away; do not tell me later that you wasted your time.

The book started with someone who has got attuned to a hectic sad urban life but does not want to visit her origins for it is too rustic. Now, does this not correlate with many of us, who are working out there in big cities so so far away from our hometown to make name and fame, or money for ourselves or loved ones? In that way, the book will make you reminisce and be nostalgic of those golden childhood days which we have forgotten. Check out this line: It was like walking into something he was already nostalgic for, without it ever being his, without it even having passed him by.

And since this is a romantic book with a girl infatuated tremendously with her boss, you can very much expect the story-line but with dollops of relationships dose (family ones too), scenic beauty (Northern lights and endless beaches), exotic animals (seals and whales) and the best part, i.e. mouthwatering food (ah the aroma of baked stuffs and pies – you know there are recipes at the end of the book as well, awesome right?). Even though the story is not as strong as I wanted it to be, it talks about finding passion in things you did not even know yourself. Which by the way makes me think, am I missing something from my life? Umm, no no, not at all; I am very happy with my son. But what about you?

However, am I reading another chick-lit or romantic book for a month? Meh! As years have flown by, I have realized that a romantic/ love story book has to be too excellent to pull me into a trance and for me to give it a favorable rating, else according to me, ye love-shab couple waala bakwaas hai (the heightened interest towards love between couples is too much over-rated).

Keep watching my blog for more and more book reviews. Cheers!

Book blurb:

The beloved author of The Bookshop on the Corner returns with a sparkling, sunny, soulful new novel perfect for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.

Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…

Funny and heartfelt, The Café by the Sea is a delightful summertime novel that puts a modern twist on the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story.

About the author:

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

Twitter: @JennyColgan
Rating: 7/10
Genre:Romance, Chick Lit
Book Name:The Cafe by The Sea
Summer Seaside Kitchen #1
Author:Jenny Colgan
Publication Year:2017

Book Review: The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The House that BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan When the year ends, you complete all the pending reviews of completed books. Though I am finishing off my quota on the last day and why so? Because last few days had been very hectic, what with joining office taking a toll on night awakenings with baby and I am so tired that I don’t even feel like opening my Kindle/ mobile middle of the night but it was good that my book reading slowed to a tortoise pace for this is my last pending review this year. So, here is the book – The House That BJ Built by Anuja Chauhan where the main protagonist Boney is a ballsy female. A fast paced book and a sequel to Those Pricey Thakur Girls, it is an easy to read one with Hinglish (Hindi + English) thrown interchangeably, a characteristic of Anuja’s books. Lots of narration adds to the charm of visualising the dialogues played between individuals. The icing on the cake was that this ebook was available free for Amazon Prime users for the month of December ’18. Awesome no even though I had not yet read the prequel. Anything for free good books! Well, this book is good, but not that extraordinary; a one time read, perfect for your train/ flight/ other solitary travels. Keep watching my blog for more book reviews! And a very happy new year to all you readers 🎉🎊🥂

Directory of Book Reviews

Hey hi, yes, I am talking to you,

I am working on an index for the books I have read and the reviews I have written. So what happens is that whenever I read a book, I will write a review even if it is of 100 words. So here it is – the compilation of what I have done. You know this first draft has only taken me a week’s time and I was surprised with the number (187) as well as variety of books that I have read since I started this blog in Dec ’13.

So what do you think of this list? Should I improve it in any other way? Please let me know in the comments…Thanks in advance.


Book About Books
Gabrielle Zevin:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (reviewed in 2018)
Jenny Colgan:
The Bookshop on the Corner (reviewed in 2018)

Cecelia Ahern:
A Place Called Here (reviewed in 2017)
Denise Grover Swank:
Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (reviewed in 2017)
Helen Fielding:
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (reviewed in 2018)
Jojo Moyes:
Me Before You (reviewed in 2018)
Lauren Weisberger:
The Devil Wears Prada (reviewed in 2017)
Everyone Worth Knowing (reviewed in 2017)
Rainbow Rowell:
Attachments (reviewed in 2018)
Sophie Kinsella:
Can You Keep a Secret (reviewed in 2017)
Cocktails for Three (reviewed in 2014)
My not so Perfect Life (reviewed in 2017)
Shopaholic on Honeymoon (reviewed in 2017)
The Undomestic Goddess (reviewed in 2017)

Children Book
Enid Blyton:
The Mystery of the Vanished Prince (reviewed in 2015)
John David Anderson:
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day (reviewed in 2018)
Judy Blume:
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (reviewed in 2017)
Kathryn Erskine:
Mockingbird (reviewed in 2018)
Mitchell Charles:
The Kingdom of Oceana* (reviewed in 2017)
Wonder (reviewed in 2017)
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories (reviewed in 2018)
Rick Riordan:
The Lightning Thief (reviewed in 2018)
Roald Dahl:
Matilda (reviewed in 2018)
Ross Welford:
What not to do if you turn Invisible (reviewed in 2018)
Sharon M. Draper:
Out of My Mind (reviewed in 2018)

Erotic Romance
Mobi D’Ark:
Azzy (reviewed in 2016)
Rodd Clark:
Rubble and the Wreckage
(reviewed in 2015)

Neil Gaiman:
Stardust (reviewed in 2018)
Patrick Rothfuss:
The Name of The Wind (reviewed in 2018)
The Wise Man’s Fear (reviewed in 2018)

Historical Fiction
Alexander McCall Smith:
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (reviewed in 2018)
Chinua Achebe:
Things Fall Apart (reviewed in 2016)
Fannie Flagg:
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion (reviewed in 2018)
Joanne Harris:
Five Quarters of the Orange (reviewed in 2018)

Historical Romance
Emily Grayson:
Night Train to Lisbon (reviewed in 2014)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
Love in the Time of Cholera (reviewed in 2018)
Georgette Heyer:
The Grand Sophy (reviewed in 2018)
Devil’s Cub (reviewed in 2018)

Donald Bain:
Coffee, Tea or Me? (reviewed in 2017)
Peter De Vries:
The Vale of Laughter (reviewed in 2015)

Mystery/ Thriller
Agatha Christie:
A Caribbean Mystery (reviewed in 2017)
A Murder Is Announced (reviewed in 2017)
A Pocket Full of Rye (reviewed in 2017)
And Then There Were None (reviewed in 2017)
At Bertram’s Hotel (reviewed in 2017)
Cards on the Table (reviewed in 2017)
Cat Among The Pigeons (reviewed in 2017)
Death on the Nile (reviewed in 2017)
Elephants can Remember (reviewed in 2017)
Lord Edgware Dies (reviewed in 2017)
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (reviewed in 2017)
Peril At End House (reviewed in 2017)
Poirot Loses A Client (reviewed in 2017)
Sleeping Murder (reviewed in 2017)
Spider’s Web (reviewed in 2017)
The ABC Murders (reviewed in 2017)
The Murder at the Vicarage (reviewed in 2017)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (reviewed in 2017)
The Mystery of The Blue Train (reviewed in 2017)
The Thirteen Problems (reviewed in 2017)
Third Girl (reviewed in 2017)
Anthony Horowitz:
Magpie Murders (reviewed in 2018)
Carolyn Keene:
Nancy Drew Mardi Gras Masquerade (reviewed in 2017)
Dick Francis:
Hot Money (reviewed in 2014)
Ian McEwan:
Nutshell (reviewed in 2018)
Israel Zangwill:
The Big Bow Mystery (reviewed in 2017)
J. Frank James:
Dead Money Run
(reviewed in 2016)
Lisa Gardner:
Alone (reviewed in 2018)
Robert Goddard:
Sight Unseen (reviewed in 2014)
Sue Grafton:
A is for Alibi (reviewed in 2018)
B is for Burglar (reviewed in 2018)
C is for Corpse (reviewed in 2018)
Tami Hoag:
Kill the Messenger (reviewed in 2014)
Tilly Bagshawe:
Sidney Sheldon’s Angel of the Dark (reviewed in 2016)

Henrik Ibsen:
A Doll’s House (reviewed in 2017)
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (reviewed in 2016)
Oscar Wilde:
The Importance of Being Earnest (reviewed in 2017)
An Ideal Husband (reviewed in 2017)

Dan Gilmore:
Just Before Sleep* (reviewed in 2016)

A.J. Finn:
The Woman in the Window (reviewed in 2018)
Alice Feeney:
Sometimes I Lie (reviewed in 2018)
Gillian Flynn:
Gone Girl (reviewed in 2018)
Paula Hawkins:
The Girl on the Train (reviewed in 2016)

Graeme Simsion:
The Rosie Project (reviewed in 2018)
Hannah Fielding:
Masquerade (reviewed in 2016)
(reviewed in 2016)
Legacy* (reviewed in 2016)
Helen Simonson:
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (reviewed in 2018)
Jane Austen:
Pride and Prejudice (reviewed in 2017)
Joanne Harris:
Chocolat (reviewed in 2018)
The Lollipop Shoes (reviewed in 2018)
John Green:
The Fault in Our Stars (reviewed in 2018)
Judith McNaught:
Double Standards (reviewed in 2017)
Nicholas Sparks:
The Guardian (reviewed in 2017)

Short Story
Chad P. Brown:
The Basement (reviewed in 2017)
Jeffrey Archer:
The Year of Short Stories (reviewed in 2017)
John Grisham:
Ford County Stories (reviewed in 2015)

Young Adult
Angela Brazil:
The Youngest Girl in the Fifth (reviewed in 2017)
Anthony Horowitz:
Stormbreaker (reviewed in 2018)
Chhimi Tenduf-La:
Panther (reviewed in 2015)
Emily Ruben:
I was a Bitch
(reviewed in 2016)
Eoin Colfer:
Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian (reviewed in 2017)
Jay Asher:
13 Reasons Why (reviewed in 2018)
Jean Webster:
Daddy Long Legs (reviewed in 2017)
Jenny Han:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (reviewed in 2018)
John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson:
Let It Snow (reviewed in 2018)
Kate Douglas Wiggin:
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (reviewed in 2017)
Kiera Cass:
The Selection (reviewed in 2018)
The Elite (reviewed in 2018)
The One (reviewed in 2018)
The Heir (reviewed in 2018)
The Crown (reviewed in 2018)
L.M. Montgomery:
Anne of Green Gables (reviewed in 2017)
Sophie Kinsella:
Finding Audrey (reviewed in 2017)

Arabella Seymour:
The Devil’s Picturebook (reviewed in 2016)
Audrey Niffenegger:
The Time Traveler’s Wife (reviewed in 2013)
Chhimi Tenduf-La:
The Amazing Racist
(reviewed in 2015)
Dan Gilmore:
A Howl for Mayflower (reviewed in 2016)
Eliezer Yudkowsky:
Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality (reviewed in 2017)
Gail Honeyman:
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (reviewed in 2018)
Garman Lord:
Dearth of a Nation
(reviewed in 2017)
J. K. Rowling:
The Casual Vacancy (reviewed in 2014)
Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss:
B.S. Incorporated* (reviewed in 2016)
John Grisham:
Calico Joe (reviewed in 2013)
Oscar Wilde:
The Canterville Ghost (reviewed in 2017)


Children Book
Shobha Viswanath (retold) and illustrated by Christine Kastl:
The Lizard’s Tail* (reviewed in 2016)

Nilesh Rathod:
Destiny of Shattered Dreams* (reviewed in 2016)
Sudha Murthy:
Dollar Bahu (reviewed in 2015)

Ashley Mayers:
Red Sapphire (reviewed in 2017)
Farah Oomerbhoy:
The Last of the Firedrakes (reviewed in 2016)
Vishwesh Desai:
Shadows of the Northlands
(reviewed in 2016)

Rachna Singh:
Dating, Diapers and Denial (reviewed in 2013)

Anurag Tripathi:
Kalayug (reviewed in 2017)
Ashwin Sanghi:
Chanakya’s Chant (reviewed in 2015)
The Rozabal Line (reviewed in 2017)
Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson:
Private India (reviewed in 2016)
Madhav Mahidhar:
Blood in the Paradise* (reviewed in 2017)
Piyush Jha:
Anti Social Network (reviewed in 2016)
Ravi Subramanian:
God is a Gamer (reviewed in 2014)
The Bankster (reviewed in 2013)
The Incredible Banker (reviewed in 2014)
Shobhaa De:
Sethji (reviewed in 2014)

Anand Neelakantan:
Asura Tale of the Vanquished (reviewed in 2014)
Devdutt Pattanaik:
Shikhandi and Other Tales they don’t tell you (reviewed in 2017)
Kavita Kane:
Karna’s Wife: The Outcast’s Quee (reviewed in 2016)
Rahul Rai:
The Myth of Hastinapur (reviewed in 2018)
Shubha Vilas:
Shattered Dreams
(reviewed in 2015)
Stolen Hope (reviewed in 2016)
Open eyed Meditations
(reviewed in 2017)

Self Help
Ravi Subramanian:
I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari (reviewed in 2014)

Short Story
Jhumpa Lahiri:
Interpreter of Maladies (reviewed in 2015)
Pankaj Suneja:
The Mobile Phone (reviewed in 2016)
(reviewed in 2016)
Sudha Murty:
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven (reviewed in 2017)
Twinkle Khanna:
The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad (reviewed in 2016)

Young Adult
Ritoban Chakrabarti:
When She Smiled* (reviewed in 2015)

Abhisar Sharma:
A Hundred Lives for You (reviewed in 2016)
Ajeet Sharma:
Three Marketeers (reviewed in 2018)
Amitabha Bagchi:
Above Average (reviewed in 2014)
Anupama Garg:
The Tantric Curse (reviewed in 2016)
Bharath Krishna:
Guy on the Sidewalk
(reviewed in 2016)
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni:
Queen of Dreams (reviewed in 2013)
Sister of My Heart (reviewed in 2018)
Girish Aivalli:
Yes Sir (reviewed in 2018)
Jaswinder Singh:
The Quest for Integrity (reviewed in 2016)
Mehrab Irani:
Mad Money Journey
(reviewed in 2015)
Mohit Goyal:
Colorful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0 (reviewed in 2016)
Rahul Saini:
The Orange Hangover (reviewed in 2014)
Ravi Subramanian:
The Bestseller She Wrote
(reviewed in 2015)
Sambhav Khetarpal:
I Too Had An MBA – The Secret Diary of Luv Khurana (reviewed in 2018)
Sangeeta Mall:
Flight of the Flamingo (reviewed in 2014)
Siddhartha Garg:
The Silent Scream* (reviewed in 2015)


Amy Poelher:
Yes Please (reviewed in 2017)
Anuradha Goyal:
The Mouse Charmers (reviewed in 2015)
Cara MacMillan:
It Is Only Money And It Grows on Trees! (reviewed in 2016)
Dr Brian Weiss:
Many Lives, Many Masters (reviewed in 2014)
Dr. Amit Nagpal and Dr. Prakash Hindustani:
Personal Branding, Storytelling and Beyond
(reviewed in 2017)
Frank McCourt:
Angela’s Ashes (reviewed in 2017)
John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo:
The Painting and the Piano (reviewed in 2016)
John Murray:
Code Name Papa My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight
(reviewed in 2016)
Kevin Pietersen:
KP The Autobiography (reviewed in 2015)
Kunal Nayyar:
Yes, My Accent Is Real And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You (reviewed in 2015)
Mitch Albom:
Tuesdays with Morrie (reviewed in 2016)
Ruskin Bond:
Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra (reviewed in 2017)
Sachin Tendulkar:
Playing It My Way (reviewed in 2015)
Sudha Murty:
The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk (reviewed in 2017)
Twinkle Khanna:
Mrs Funnybones (reviewed in 2015)

*received the copy for book review

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