What Karin is reading

A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice. 

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2016

Karin: Inspired by stories of undocumented refugees this is an amazing work of art and will be one of the best books of 2016.  Keita is a talented runner, who is kind and good and does all the right things but gets caught up in politics and the underground life of "illegals".  Fast-paced, compelling and full of great characters, I coundn't put this down.  Recommended if you liked Running the Rift or Shantaram.  


$28.99
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2015

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Published: William Morrow & Company - December 29th, 2015

Karin: Don your pearls, curl up and enjoy.  Coco Chanel is a complicated woman and Gortner captures her voice and strength perfectly.  Well researched with attention to detail.  Well written and delightful to read.  LBD optional!


$16.00
ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

Karin: You'll come to love this ornery curmudgeon.  A life with loss and disappointment but also love and hope.  Well-written, easy-to-read with a distinct Scandinavian feel.  Heart-warming and quirky.   


By Nina George, Steve West (Read by), Emma Bering (Read by)
$40.00
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - June 23rd, 2015

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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

Karin: A modern Greek Tragedy – A marriage from two perspectives – One of the best books of 2015.  This is a complex love story written in a clever format.  It is literary, the writing genius, and it has lots of mythological and Shakespearean references.  Groff is one of the best contemporary authors.  Not a quick easy read, but well worth your attention.  A favorite!


$28.00
ISBN: 9781501116971
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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2015

Karin: A multigenerational love story. Not in the same vein as House of the Spirits or some of Allende’s other brilliant works – but sweeping and enjoyable nonetheless.  She uses significant historical events as the backdrop and her characters are strong, real and extremely likable.  Good story-telling.


$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

Karin: Heartbreaking yet beautiful.  A hefty book but well worth it. Flashbacks of suffering are graphic yet carefully doled out and shows how one's past affects others and becomes the foundation of character. Destined for awards!

 


By Erik Larson, Scott Brick (Read by)
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - March 10th, 2015

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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

Karin: Based on the unlikely romance of Camile Pissarro's parents, this novel depicts the early 1800's in the Danish West Indies with color and passion.  Hoffman's stories are diverse and I enjoy her unique and lyrical writing.  Great for historical novel fans.  


$26.99
ISBN: 9780062319197
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Published: Harper - October 13th, 2015

Karin: The Golden Age of Hollywood, full of secretive love affairs and glamour.  Recommended as an easy-to-read historical novel where you'll be pulled into the life of the alluring Loretta Young.  Not my normal read but thoroughly enjoyable.  You'll want to watch Call of the Wild.  


$26.00
ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

Karin:  Destined to become classic Holocaust literature.  The writing is direct and simple and the young narrator's voice is believable.  Liked The Book Thief?  Read The Book of Aron.  


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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2015

Karin: Written mostly in reverse time and with a very Somerset Maugham feel - witty, sophisticated, complicated characters.  Good vacation leisure reading, not fluffy, but not quick paced either.  Will make you want to visit Majorca 


$14.99
ISBN: 9780062338303
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 4th, 2015

$19.99
ISBN: 9780062286246
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Published: HarperAudio - November 5th, 2013

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Published: Avery Publishing Group - October 20th, 2015

Karin: Think Boys in the Boat with a sprinkling of The Great Gatsby.  In the 1930's bobsledding was the up-and-coming sport for the elite.  The Lake Placid US team was composed of: a CO boxer/Rhodes scholar, already an olypian: a high-society playboy; a Hollywood has-been: and the driver a charismatic dare-devil - who had a too short but action-filled life.  Speed Kings covers their lives, the globe, and the thrill of sledding and the politics of the Olympics.  A great read and a fun ride!


$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634239
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 29th, 2015

Karin: Thought provoking and timely.  What might happen when the Southwest runs out of water? A few straggly survivors in a wasteland thirst for love, spiritual meaning, redemption, and family in this superb debut.  Luz and Ray are flawed and venerable and my heart ached for them.  They strive for goodness and survival and struggle through the mystical lure of cults, drugs, and lies.  It is a story about how we waste our greatest gifts: our land, dreams, and love.  I marveled at the writing - one of the best first lines ever! Note: Google the author’s family bio.  Good if you liked The Dog Stars and/or Station Eleven.  


$26.00
ISBN: 9781476798172
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

Karin: Sorrowful and masterfully tied together this is a moving debut of loss and healing.  June has lost all her loved ones in an incomprehensible tragedy.  Full of distinct voices and intertwining characters I was instantly engrossed and didn't stop reading until reaching the final satisfying page.  Great for book clubs and a good choice if you liked The Lovely Bones.  


$25.95
ISBN: 9781616202613
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - September 8th, 2015

Karin: I feel this is Evinsons best work so far.  Big-hearted and clever; Harriet is a real and endearing character.  This is a modern American "look back at life" with themes of acceptance and forgiveness.  Evison is a natural storyteller - amongst the best of our time.  I found myself laughing and crying and full of amazement for this great talent.  


$26.00
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 21st, 2015

Karin: I was amazed by the beauty and truth in this heartrending memoir from distinguished poet, Elizabeth Alexander.  After her husband’s sudden death at 49, she reflects on their life together and the raising of her two sons.  She took my breath away.  Highly recommended.   


$26.00
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 18th, 2015

Karin: Beautifully crafted this often sad and frequently brutal story gives us a glimpse of China’s history through the lives of two intertwining souls and their past lives.  Their stories are rife with physical, verbal, and sexual abuse – so this is not for the lighthearted.  I found this unpredictable, the characters intriguing and disturbing at the same time.  Susan Barker does a masterful job of weaving these stories together; I found the ending cause for amazement.  A bit more accessible than David Mitchell and as imaginative as The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards.    


$27.99
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Published: Harper - July 14th, 2015

Karin: 

Read it because it is better than the controversy.

Read it because you know the characters.

Read it because you know you want to.

Read it because it’s good!

Scout is all grown up and her new worldly vision is tested at home when Atticus and townsmen face the beginning of the civil rights movement.  I felt this is very representative of time and place. An important and still relevant work and should not be compared to Mockingbird.     


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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2016

Karin: Inspired by stories of undocumented refugees this is an amazing work of art and will be one of the best books of 2016.  Keita is a talented runner, who is kind and good and does all the right things but gets caught up in politics and the underground life of "illegals".  Fast-paced, compelling and full of great characters, I coundn't put this down.  Recommended if you liked Running the Rift or Shantaram.  


$40.00
ISBN: 9780804190817
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Karin: Great audio book!  Wonderful narration and I couldn’t stop listening to this historical thriller.  Architect Lucien is an ordinary Parisian looking to get by under the Nazi radar during the Paris occupation.  His life takes unexpected turns when he is commissioned to design secret hiding places.  Wonderful reading too! 


$28.00
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 28th, 2015

Karin: One of my favorite heroines, Beryl Markam, comes to life in this vividly majestic story.  McLain’s lush and descriptive writing of colonial Kenya is breathtaking and Beryl’s early life is craftily portrayed as well as the array of characters that intersect her early life.  Beryl is fearless, independent and adventurous.  I found this an amazing story and better than her previous novel, The Paris Wife.  


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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 5th, 2015

Karin: This is a companion to Life After Life, but it’s not necessary to have read it to enjoy this well done novel.  This follows the life of under-the-radar WWII hero, want-to-be poet Teddy.  We see Teddy’s part in the War, his marriage and his reluctant navigation of his future.  Atkinson’s writing is touching, clear, and elegant with undercurrents of irony and Teddy is full of heart.  The title comes from Emerson and the passage is beautiful and fitting.  


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Published: Dial Press - June 9th, 2015

Karin: Full of small-town southern charm The Truth According to Us is a wonderful story, perfect for a vacation lounge-around read.  Barrows has well depicted characters - I loved Willa, and she's created a great sense of place - I could feel the heat and envision the depression-era town.  It tells of family loyalty and the power of forgiveness.  I found it sensitive and witty; great storytelling in an easy engaging read.  Irresistible!


$14.95
ISBN: 9781616200152
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 24th, 2011

Karin: This has been in my pile of "to read" for a while - so glad I did.  Girl Who Fell from the Sky is a search for identity told through the eyes of a bi-racial girl trying to overcome grief.  I was sucked in with how Burrows created tension and mystery.  The blue glass bottle is amazing and the analogy of Blues music is masterful; I found the bird metaphor haunting.  This is an original and moving story and worthy of the Bellwether Prize which it won in 2008 (given to fiction books dealing with social issues). 


$16.00
ISBN: 9780812980196
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Published: Random House Trade - June 23rd, 2015

Karin: I love the passion that Susan Vreeland depicts.  I always feel as if I've had an art lesson after reading her descriptive novels. In Lisette's List, characters and place are so well drawn I would look up expecting to be in Provence.  This is a story with more than just art.  It is about life and death, love, strengths and bonds of people, and war and the resilience of humans.  A book to savor if you are a "list-maker" or enjoy being drawn into another time and place.  


$26.95
ISBN: 9780399169526
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 10th, 2015

Karin: I loved this!  A pitch-perfect narrator voice who made me aware how perceptions change as we evolve and age.  Walsh captures the angst of teenagers – the innocence, longing, heartache, sorrow and strife.  I found this sincere and tender and loved how tension was created.  A beautifully crafted tale.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743930
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Published: Vintage - May 26th, 2015

Karin: Great teenage narrator! One of Bohjalian's best novels.  A page turner dealing with serious issues - gives us a look at street life and the aftermath of a nuclear disaster.  Great showing of teenage angst in a heart dwelling with possibility.  Excellent read and suitable for mature young adults.  


$14.99
ISBN: 9780062088239
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 22nd, 2013

Karin: Well done southern gothic tale.  I was riveted with the beautiful prose that is strong and direct - reads like a Greek tragedy. A chilling story that drew me into the rural south.  Great book club choice and good if you like Ron Rash or Robert Goolrick.  


$27.99
ISBN: 9780312577223
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 3rd, 2015

Karin: Great for historical fiction fans.  Two French sisters and how they respond in times of great challenge during the Nazis occupation in WWII.  Based on fact and real characters The Nightingale is full of heart and strong character growth.  Shows not only the ravages of war, but love and rebellious courage.  Spoiler - tissues needed.


$25.99
ISBN: 9780062333001
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2015

Karin: Traversing time in the 1960's this is a fun, satisfying read especially if you know Denver.  Two stories, two realities - which is real?  The Bookseller is slightly mysterious and thoroughly engrossing.  Asks the age-old question of What If? Charming! Great if you like Anita Shreve or Anna Quindlin or Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.


$27.99
ISBN: 9780062337245
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

Karin: Like Ludlam or Follets spy novels? Try new Swedish author, Zander.  Fast paced with twists and turns The Swimmer is a tight web of intrigue.  One's person's actions can create ripples that span time and distance.  The Swimmer is a well-structured, top-notch political thriller.


$26.00
ISBN: 9781455551927
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 6th, 2015

Karin: I loved this powerful coming-of-age debut.  After a family tragedy Kevin moves to coal country in the 80’s, there he learns life lessons from his wise and wonderful grandfather and a crafty half-wild friend, Buzzy – all three GREAT characters.  Lessons of courage and violence, beauty and danger, acceptance and identity, and the healing power of the Earth are explored within great storytelling. As meaningful and epic as Kill a Mockingbird, and good if you like Leif Enger or John Irving.


$16.00
ISBN: 9780143124436
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Karin: This book brings the natural world to Botswana to life.  It shows the tragedy of apartheid and the bonds of love.  Brutal and beautiful, tragic and triumphant this is an extraordinary novel of love, friendship and betrayal.  Recommended if you like stories of Africa or Cutting for Stone.  Superb!


$14.99
ISBN: 9780061470844
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Published: Ecco Press - September 29th, 2009

Karin:  A Shakespearean southern gothic tale of the finest order.  This is an absorbing, haunting story about greed in Depression-era Appalachia.  I found it thrilling and engrossing.  Good if you liked A Reliable Wife.  As thrilling as Gone Girl.


$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Karin: Best book of 2014! Doerr's prose is exquisite and the rich details are lush and livid. I cared about Marie-Laure, Werner, and other characters as soon as I met them. I loved that although this is a WWII story it is unsentimental - in the usual sense of war stories- just 2 extraordinary children thrown into a world of horror. The chapter titles are cause for amazement as well as the references to marine life, science, music, and past great literature. Doerr creates suspense by alternating stories and time - every back story reveals more just as in the intricate model-houses in the novel. The pacing is perfect and the many different threads of the story come together in such a satisfying way. Nothing short of a masterpiece. 


$15.95
ISBN: 9781616204754
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 12th, 2015

Karin: Enger craftily uses historical events to weave conflicts between American soldiers & Plain Indians and the demise of the American Bison.  Ulysses is haunted with his role as a Montana territories US soldier.  He sets out on an Odyssey-type quest to redeem himself and his family follows in this beautifully crafted Western story.  The parallel challenges between living in the harsh Montana plains in the 1880's and facing personal demons creates suspense and tension. I was hooked early on and liked that I couldn't predict how the story would end.  High Divide is wide in scope yet intimate in detail.


$15.99
ISBN: 9780062286468
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Published: Ecco Press - March 10th, 2015

Karin: Fourth of July Creek is not for the faint of heart.  As poignant as it is frightening; it depicts the harsh realities of children born to parents with mental health and addiction issues.  There are subjects of domestic terrorism, corrupted Christianity, disconnection from society and the rights of freedom.  When does your ability to be free infringe on the rights of others?  Pete, a social worker who has a big heart but who doesn't or can't do the right thing is likeable, but hopelessly flawed.  Henderson has the feel of McCarthy, Proulx, and Franzen.  I was disturbed and riveted at the same time.  A triumphant novel despite its chilling subject matter.


$16.99
ISBN: 9781451645026
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2015

 

Karin: A gripping true tale of the struggle between national security and environmental activists who are fighting to save whales from extinction.  This is a story of passion and courage that reads like a good mystery novel.  I found this thrilling and heartbreaking at the same time.  Hard to put down.


$15.99
ISBN: 9781250047465
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 30th, 2015

Karin: Believe in soul mates?  Like a bit of zaniness?  This romantic off-beat novel is for you. I loved Netzer's first book and was excited for this her second. I found it fun, wacky, steamy and a great entertaining read which left me dreaming of stars and romantic interludes.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

Karin: WOW - Great novel!  Heller is a master at alternating between art and rage, good and evil, lyric descriptions and edge-of-your-seat action.  I fond this a moving story of love, dark pasts, celebrity and the redeeming power of art.  Highly recommended for both men and women.


$16.00
ISBN: 9780812982824
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Published: Random House Trade - March 3rd, 2015

Karin: Lisa See enthralled her audience recently at the Bookworm talking about China Dolls, her newest book.  It covers an interesting slice of American history, following three friends through their careers as entertainers beginning in 1938.  Impeccably researched I was most captivated by the compelling history of the young women.  Great read from page one.


$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633812
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 21st, 2015

Karin: A winding multi-generation tale of family and the Virgin Islands.  Reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison this is a rich, lyrical, magical novel with a Latin/Caribbean feel.  Yanique's writing has a lovely, rhythmic meandering style and her storytelling is wonderful.


$16.00
ISBN: 9780812978940
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Published: Random House Trade - July 7th, 2015

Karin: Half sisters looking to make their way in a mixed-up world.  Characters are dimensional - flawed, strong, unique and fully human.  This is a coming-of-age story, a story of resilience and finding your "family".  Bloom is a gifted writer who is both light and weighty.  We the readers are the Lucky Ones.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804839
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Published: Vintage Books - January 7th, 2014

Karin: I was in awe and full of admiration the whole time listening/reading this autobiography of this astonishing woman who has become a national icon. It is rare for a political memoir to exhibit such honesty, intimacy, and candor.  Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.  Highly recommended!


$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127499
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2015

Karin: This is a great debut novel set in New Orleans when civil rights are gaining momentum.  It's a big-hearted coming-of-age story full of family, drama and secrets.  In line with the poignant stories: The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Secret Life of Bees and The Help.  Thoroughly southern and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  A great choice for young adults as well.


$16.00
ISBN: 9780345516541
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 23rd, 2014

Karin: This fictional romantic biography of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Osbourne, skillfully blends researched history with Horan's praiseworthy writing.  It is a love story that spans years and continents.  It explores both characters equally well, their escape from family difficulties, their collaboration in Robert's writing and health and the complexities of their lives.  It reads like truth only better.


$19.95
ISBN: 9780761139614
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Published: Workman Publishing - December 3rd, 2013

Karin: I am loving the flavorful and unusual dishes in BOLD.  Highly recommend so far: Beet hummus, Vegetable Tacos, Stuffed Peppers, and Buffalo Steaks.  I'm also finding the many tidbits of information about origin, species, history and more entertaining reading.


$15.99
ISBN: 9780062279989
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Published: Ecco Press - September 2nd, 2014

Karin: I would highly recommend this to both men and women, to anyone interested in WWII, and to those who like stories of love, survival and sacrifice.  This well-constructed story takes place during the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands off the coast of mainland Alaska.  I found it riveting and compelling and interesting that through most of the book the main characters were not together yet their love is powerful.  It is reminiscent and as good as Cold Mountain.  A great story about a little-known part of WWII.


$14.00
ISBN: 9780374535032
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - January 6th, 2015

Karin: This is a story of a community trying to rebuild after a civil war. The power of this tale is both the close-up heartbreaking struggle of its people as well as the beautiful lyrical African storytelling. (Reading the preface regarding Beah's choice of writing style is imperative.) I wanted to soak in every word. I was reminded of the resilience it takes to survive, how hope leads to rebirth, and the determination it takes to face the hardships the future may bring. Beah has a vision of a tomorrow without conflict. Good choice if you appreciated, What is the What, Running the Rift, The House at Sugar Beach, or Beah's excellent memoir A Long Way Gone. 


$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

Karin: This is an inspiring, enthralling narrative that covers the lives of two very different women who have a common goal: Freedom. It is a fictional account of a real life abolitionist and suffragist, Sarah Grimke and a house slave, Handful. The story follows the lives of the two in pre-civil war Charleston. It is a new perspective on slavery, the limited roles of women, injustice and it shows how an undeniable spirit can effect change. Good if you like The Help or Mudbound.  Very moving - highly recommended.


$20.00
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

Karin: This modern-day Dickensean novel immersed me in its astonishing power, prose, and brilliance from page one.  This new classic is full of unforgettable characters, pitch-perfect dialogue and vivid descriptions.  Goldfinch's themes are huge in scope: loss, trauma, longing, family, friendship, bullies, survival, love, drugs, philosophy and power.  It is full of complicated characters - their situations and relationships are bleak yet loveliness shines through - much as it does in the painting that is central to the novel.  I loved the references to literature, music, art, film, and antiques.  One of the BEST books of the year and truly a masterpiece.


$16.99
ISBN: 9780062079619
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 16th, 2014

Karin: Using an unconventional structure of the five classic elements: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, Winchester beautifully details acts of pioneering men that have brought us together as one united country.  He goes beyond the national concept of ideals and constitutional freedom and shows the roles of familiar, forgotten, and unknown men and how each expedition or discovery created the United States. Excellent book for any history fan, but also great for those who are interested in fascinating snippets in an easy-to-read work.


$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Karin: Much more than a sports book! This is the story of nine working-class western boys who beat the odds - elite Eastern and British rivals and Hitlers crew in the '36 Olympics. I found it irrestible and inspiring, full of good character development, exceptional pacing and good parallel descriptions. It's a story of depression trials, collegiate crew, Leni Reinfenstahls role in the rise of the Nazis, the emergence of the Western States, finding hope in the most desperate of times, and the magic of a team when individuals give their best. Great writers generate interest in a subject and Brown does that here.  Think Unbroken and Chariots of Fire.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780871407771
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 2nd, 2014

Karin: This moving WWI debut novel is really a winner.  Alternating between a father at war and a son at home this remarkable story explores duty and honor, obligation and love, and lessons and regret.  The war action is impressively real - the imfamous Canadian battle of Vimy is so vivid I was on the edge of my seat.  This haunting memorable and moving novel is on par with Birdsong, and one of the best war stories ever.  Good for both men and women historical fiction lovers.


$15.00
ISBN: 9781476714820
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 19th, 2014

Karin: Occasionally when reading you know you are in the midst of greatness.  That is how I felt when reading this gem of a story.  It is a guiet, small book yet a great sentimental tale.  It is a memorable story full of grace; a richly told story in poetic style.  It is a timeless jewel which I will happily visit again.  Reminiscent of The Alchemist.


$14.99
ISBN: 9780062241931
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 24th, 2014

Karin: This is an entertaining novel of a little-written about time - pre Revolutionary War Philadelphia and the American Colonies.  Cabot does a fine job of drawing on real facts concerning Franklin's illegitimate child, William, and the surrounding circumstances of founding a new country.  She makes Franklin human and I really appreciated the character of William's mother who is strong, wise, and interesting.  Recommended for those who like women's historical fiction.


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ISBN: 9781476706061
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 29th, 2014

Karin: This is a big book exploring human emotions set against the backdrop of WWII.  Award-winning screensriter Nicholson brings us this powerfully written sweeping tale of romance, human drama, and survival.  It's simple staightforward cinematic style makes it a quick easy read. The graphic detail of the disastrous Raid of Rieppe is extremely well done.  It is a love story with layers - good if you liked the movie Pearl Harbor, looking for fast-paced historical fiction or are a true romantic.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743923
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Published: Vintage Contemporaries/Vintage Books - April 22nd, 2014

Karin: I found this to be the perfect blend of historical fiction, mystery and suspense.  Bohjanlian masterfully develops his characters, the book's sense of place and time as well as creating a page turner.  The novel explores the psychological aspects of war and the moral dilemmas of ordinary people trying to survive.


$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632389
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

Karin: I couldn't wait to read this much anticipated novel by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  This worldly book is filled with love, loss and the search for identity.  A masterful storyteller, Hosseini, once again captured my attention.  He took me inside the hearts and minds of his characters, exposed their flaws and vulnerabilities and I found the raw beauty in his writing amazing.  There is sadness and joy and characters I will not easily forget.  There is one subtle surprise - a recurring statement - which I found brilliant.  Worth the Wait!


$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

Karin: This is a smart, suspenseful, entertaining read.  Ursula is doomed to die and be reborn again and again - sometimes with the knowledge of her previous lives.  It's a masterpiece about how even the smallest choices can sometimes change the course of history.  It's clever, bittersweet, funny, and unlike anything else you've ever read.  This is an unique story - I was enthralled from the beginning.  "History is all about what ifs." Great fun!


$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

Karin: WOW - this is one of the best books I have ever read!  It is an inventive, captivating novel about love, loss, resilience, and the unexpected ties that bind us together.  The setting is war-torn Chechnya, but it is not a typical Russian novel.  I was reminded of The English Patient, City of Thieves, and The Tiger's Wife. I found it brilliant and heartbreaking; gorgeous storytelling that shows the best and worst of humanity and the insanity of war.  It takes place over 5 days yet spans 11 years - the foreshadowing was perfectly placed.  This outstanding debut is why I LOVE novels and it exemplifies the power of literature.  A must read!


$16.99
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

Karin: Yeah - a new epic Western! Meyer's second novel has the grittiness of Cormac McCarthy and the scope and narrative power of Larry McMurtry.  It follows generations of a Texan family from the Comanche raids through the oil boom.  I found parts gruesome, parts fascinating, and the moral balance of the characters authentic.  Conquer or be conquered is a recurring theme.  The Son shows humans' insatiable greed and their fragility, and shows how a hero can be found in the unlikely.


$40.00
ISBN: 9780307990297
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - March 6th, 2012

Karin: Thrilling twists and turns in this fast-paced Le Carre type spy novel will keep you glued to the pages.  Is anyone who they say they are?  I listened to the audio and found myself at my destination waiting to get to a good stopping point.  It is smartly executed, worldly, entertaining, and suspenseful. This is Pavone's first novel and I'm anxious for his next adventure.


$26.00
ISBN: 9781451661507
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 11th, 2013

Karin: Bean and Liz, semi-abandoned sisters, end up at their family mansion in a small southern town that is on the cusp of social change in the 1970's.  Bean is strong and spunky, Liz a brilliant unconventional teen that runs into some adult troubles.  I thought the complex and changing loyalties of the sisters and the strength of the girls were highlights as well as the satisfying ending.  A good option for young adults that liked The Secret Life of Bees.


$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632297
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

Karin: I loved this book!  It is a must read for fans of historical fiction and those that love dance and Impressionist Art.  (Who doesn’t love Degas Little Dancer?) The heart of the story is the poignant tale of sisters struggling to survive with dignity in Paris in the 1870’s, but it is a wonderful account of both working life and the artists taking Paris by storm.  Buchanan does a masterful job of interweaving historical figures into her plot. This is a great book club choice!


$18.00
ISBN: 9780316228589
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 23rd, 2013

Karin: I was pleasantly surprised at how GOOD Rowling's first adult novel is.  It is a skillfully written, darkly comic tale of relationships and good vs. evil.  Casual Vacancy is filled with GREAT character development.  It's a big tale of a small town, the haves and the have-nots, and the sadly depressing side of humans.  It is heartfelt, poignant and raw; Rowling expertly writes about the truth that exists between people in a community and more importantly the lies that tear them apart.  There is no magic, but there is more in common with Harry than you'd think.  A great book for discussion.  I was very impressed!


$14.95
ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - October 16th, 2012

Karin: I couldn't put down this powerful coming-of-age story that follows Rwandan Jean Patrick. Jean Patrick is both a scholar and a gifted middle-distance runner - a likeable and real character.  His dreams of achieving Olympic glory seem assured, but he is Tutsi, and Rwanda's Hutu-Tutsi tensions are steadily increasing.  In the violent explosion of 1994 what happens to Jean Patrick and his family reflect the collective experience of Rwanda's 800,000-plus genocide victims.  Naomi Benaron renders friendships and families with tenderness and sincerity, and lingers on the goodwill of humankind even when they turn against each other.  This is Benaron's first novel, and she won the 2010 Bellweather Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for this unflinching and beautifully crafted account of a nation and the survival of hope in unimaginable events.


$15.95
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

Karin: This Colorado post apocalyptic tale is gripping.  All that Hig has left is his plane, his faithful dog, a fishing rod, survivor's guilt, an eccentric companion with a cache of weapons, and mostly hope.  Heller's sparse but dynamic prose is very readable and surprisingly fitting for the world he has created - his detail of nature brings a sense of clarity and beauty.