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Teen Review Jan 19, 2022

A powerful tale of a young woman succeeding despite everything working against her.

The book opens when Echo--the protagonist shares a name with the author--is six. Smoke rolls into her apartment's windows from a nearby fire that is spreading her way. Her younger brothers are stuck in cribs and her mom is passed out on the bathroom floor from crack cocaine. It's a good introduction to Echo's world. The book closes with her beginning a new life at Dartmouth University. The story is how she manages to go from one place to the other, with plenty of pain and heartache along the way.

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Oct 25, 2021

Kansas City native Julia Vering blends her unique creative work as an artist and a musician with her professional career in social work to make a profound impact on the lives of her patients and clients. Enjoy our interview with this fascinating and inspiring multidisciplinary artist. 

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Sep 16, 2021

The Danielle in Danielle Ate the Sandwich is Danielle Anderson, Kansas City-based folk-pop songwriter and performer in the style of Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Anderson's dedicated fanbase has grown in tandem with a her sizeable archive of YouTube videos, many of which feature her singing her own material and selected covers accompanied by her ukulele. We are grateful for this in-depth interview with this multitalented storyteller, humorist and musician. 

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