By interweaving reality with spirituality, Ivey has also written a story of undiscovered realms beyond human knowledge. Her descriptions of the Alaskan landscape—its glaciers, rivers and mountains—are elegaic and breathtaking.

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Book Review: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

Timbuktu was founded in the 11th century on a tributary of the Niger River. By the 14th century, it had become a thriving metropolis and trading center. During the 15th to 16th centuries, it emerged as a center for culture and learning.