What Karin is Reading

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

Check out Karin's archive of oldies but goodies.

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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525582168
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2019

You'll laugh along as Noah shows you what life is like growing up in South Africa. This gives great exposure to another culture as well as some hilarious adventures and heartfelt relationships. Very good!


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The Only Woman in the Room Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492666868
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 1st, 2019

Marie Benedict again brings to light the unknown interesting life of a fascinating woman. Hedy Lamar is stunning and smart. A natural actress and a knock-out Hedy catches the eye of a devious, ambitious Fritz. As Austria gets drawn into Nazi reign things heat up; Heady escapes and Hollywood snatches her up. Meanwhile she devises a communications devise that proves she is more than a pretty face. Well written and a great read.


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The Huntress: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062884343
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Published: William Morrow - February 26th, 2019

I loved this historic novel told through distinctively different characters. Storylines are wonderfully woven together, the plot excellent, the imagery cinematic and the history, especially the Russian pilots, fascinating. I found this better than her earlier work, The Alice Network, and hard to put down.


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The Light Over London Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501196416
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Published: Gallery Books - January 8th, 2019

A charming easy-read about the historic English gunner girls during WWII with lots of romance. Contemporary parallel story weaves together past and present with a good amount of mystery thrown in. Great characters who share love and hope. Good if you liked Lilac Girls.


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Bridge of Clay (Signed Edition) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780375845598
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

Zusak is a literary genius. Themes of loss, grief and love ring true throughout this sweeping monumental book. I felt the pacing and interlacing stories was integral to the feel, but it does take some concentration at the beginning. Shows the unbreakable bond between brothers, how they deal with the loss of extraordinary women, and how to bridge forgiveness. Heartbreaking beautiful!


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The Paris Diversion: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524761509
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Published: Crown - May 7th, 2019

Kate is back and I was racing abound Paris with her hot on the trail of terrorists, assassins, computer attacks - or are they? Unputdownable! Pavone is a brilliant suspense storyteller and Kate a wonderful, complicated character. Make sure you've read Expats and pick this up immediately.


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One Day in December: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525574682
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Published: Broadway Books - October 16th, 2018

This cinematic debut is all ROMANCE. Easy-reading and likeable, sympathetic characters in a satisfying read. For those who believe in love at first sight and true love. Good if you like Bridget Jones Diary or the movie Love Actually.


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A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501194368
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2018

Follows three generations of women in the family their lives, loves, regrets. Lots of themes: infidelity, addiction, illness and the repetition of mistakes. Will lead to great discussion. Very Ann Tylerish.


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Love Is Blind: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525655268
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Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018

This slow-burning thriller has great sense of time and place. It feels like prose of the 1880's yet fast-paced. As in Gentleman in Moscow I fell in love with the main character, Brodie. The passionate pursuit of love at all costs. One to savor!


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November Road: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062663849
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Published: William Morrow - October 9th, 2018

This is a bit crime novel, a bit adventure story, a tale of redemption and a journey of hope and discovery all bottled up in FANTASTIC book. When a distraught mother of two takes to the road and collides with mobster Frank who knows too much about the JFK's assignation things really heat up.


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Fascism: A Warning Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062802187
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Published: Harper - April 10th, 2018

I both listened and read this and felt as though I was sitting in the best history class ever - taught by the sage and impressive Madeleine Albright. She is a keen observer and delivers an easy-to-understand look at leaders who have threatened democracy. Her concluding questions are thoughtful and serves as excellent starting points for discussion. Outstanding!


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A Spark of Light: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780345544988
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 2nd, 2018

Piccoult is again bold and daring in A Spark of Light. She attacks social issues head on; shows many viewpoints and moral complexities. Here we have differing voices representing a cross-section of America on the issue of abortion. This is full of drama and parallel stories and is another key book that will lead to important discussions. A page-turner too!


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The Lost Girls of Paris Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778308614
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

This is a story of English women who history wasn't allowed to remember. A real page-turner, stay-up-late book about a brave ring of undercover spies send to occupied France to derail and sabotage German plans. Based on true events; with a bit of romance and mystery this is great historical fiction.


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Transcription: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316176637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Great prose and spot on language drew me in immediately and as always Atkinson's writing delivered. I found this an original WWII story with a bit of English wit and a political warning thrown in - Nationalism is the first step on the road to Fascism. Fans of her previous works will not be disappointed.


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Gone So Long Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393244106
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

This is an emotional ride. There is a quiet desperation in the broken characters that makes them human and heartbreaking. Excellent writing especially how the back story is revealed and the differing points of view. Dubus offers neither judgement nor forgiveness but shows the consequences of violence. Asks the question - How do we live with our mistakes? Much to talk about.


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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062797155
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 4th, 2018

Based on interviews with Lale Sokolov, Morris has written a compelling and unforgettable love story that shows the atrocities of the famed concentration camp as well as hope, humanity and generosity of spirit. Good for both men and woman, young and old. Recommended if you liked Lilac Girls or Beneath the Scarlet Sky.


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Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525580034
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 18th, 2018

Bryan Stevenson is a stone catcher and saint. Just Mercy tells of his law practice and work to assist people who have been unjustly tried, sentenced and jailed. He fights abusive power, poverty and despair. Very moving. Good reading for adults too.


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The Eulogist: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062839893
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Published: William Morrow - January 22nd, 2019

The years leading up to the civil war are expertly depicted through the eyes of Livvie and her brothers who have just arrived from Ireland. They must confront slavery and deal with injustices and their own morals as they forge their paths in America. Different and hard to put down.


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The Winter Soldier Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

With the feeling of Dr. Zhavigo and Corelli's Mandolin this is a fabulous story of love, war and medicine. Winter soldier takes us to a make-shift hospital where we view horrific conditions and are shown the complexities of WWI. The shining part of the story is the strong character development - an excellent look at guilt and atonement. Wonderful writing that captures the tragedies of war but also the beauty of small mercies. A literary masterpiece but not for the faint-of-heart.


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The Wartime Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250140708
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 22nd, 2019

A poignant story set in the 30's and 40's including interesting American-front WWII history. A hard-to-put-down story with themes of betrayal, jealousy and loyalty. Good portrayal of estranged siblings each harboring a secret and their differing perspectives held throughout their lives. Good if you liked My Brilliant Friend.


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The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616203580
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2018

A fun, entertaining read. 1920's with art heists, con men, obsession, love and some real-life characters. As lush and colorful as the paintings described in this fast-paced story. Good unreliable narrator and characters. Entertaining!


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Uncommon Type Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911945
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2018

I like to read short stories slowly (usually in between novels) to savor their complex beauty. These stories are some of the best I've ever read. Hits of humor, coming-of age, relationships, some a bit edgy. I found this creative, eclectic and brilliant - although not surprising coming from Hanks.


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Sold on a Monday Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492663997
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2018

Here's a tender love story set around the Great Depression. Likable characters with grit and morals. Easy reading with historically details and substance. For fans of Once We were Yours.


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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250193162
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 4th, 2018

This is a fun, rollicking story taken loosely from the real-life of Cathy Williams, the first woman to serve with the Buffalo Soldiers. Ex-slave disguised herself and had a true Western adventure. This is a heart-breaking page-turner set after the Civil War. Super fun and super good - a different kind of historical story. Similar in feel to Good Lord Bird.


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The Girl With No Name Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781784970079
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Published: Head of Zeus - April 1st, 2017

With a very English feel and excellent war time Blitz descriptions Girl with No Name is a heartwarming story. The frightening journey of a Jewish child sent to London during WWII in hopes of survival. This is an excellent Young Adult choice or for those who are ready for an easy read to get lost in.


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Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062839343
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 21st, 2018

Explorer Kate Harris writes part memoir, part history lesson, part science exploration. Great narrative writing filled with sentiment, a bit of humor and excellent pacing make this a reading journey to savor. Kate reminds us the World is wild and full of wonder. Highly recommended and good if you liked It's What I Do.


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Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780425284681
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

Here's is a fictional tale around the shameful true story of child abduction and exploitation. Told in present day and 1939. Rill fights to keep her siblings together and safe, while Avery uncovers dark family secrets. I found this a bit predictable but compelling. Explores themes of family and appalling corruption. Good if you liked Lilac Girls.


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Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

Kingsolver is at her best in this social commentary with alternating narratives set in Vineland, a Utopian devised community. Real-life characters and situations are well interjected and the parallels between evolution disbelief and intolerance and the current political climate are brilliant. This is a thinking novel, literary and well written. The differing tones of the 1860's and present are especially well done. I appreciated the voice and reasoning of Tig (20-something) who has unfiltered political and social views and the most insight. Walls crumble both figuratively and metaphorically and Unsheltered shows it is survival of the fittest brought on by hope and perseverance. Much to contemplate and discuss.


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Wonderland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374310608
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 28th, 2018

Here's a good story of friendship - girls from different backgrounds and with someone as old as your grandfather. Also, good if you like feel good stories with a dog. Good for girls who love but have outgrown Ivy and Bean.


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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

Crawdads is a unique compelling coming-of-age survival story with a good mystery setting. It is also a beautiful explorations of nature. Owens is a wildlife scientist and her lyrical writing of the North Carolina shore will awaken your senses. The analogies between nature and life are excellent. Owens has also created one of the strongest characters I've encountered, Kya. I longed to get back to reading and being drawn into Kya's world yet didn't want it to end. Outstanding in every way! Good if you liked Poisonwood Bible or Secret Wisdom of the Earth.


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The Soul of a Thief Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781335144577
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Published: Hanover Square Press - April 17th, 2018

Satisfying little gem of a book with a fast-moving plot and vivid characters. At the core its a love story that shows the ironies of war. I found this full of suspense, action and even a bit of humor. Good if you liked Skeletons at the Feast and City of Thieves.


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Love and Ruin: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101967386
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 1st, 2018

My favorite McLain book. Marty is complicated and fascinating, a ground-breaker in journalism; she is considered one of the most important war correspondents of the 20th century. I loved her voice throughout. McLain shows the ups and downs of her marriage to Hemmingway and paints an independent, brave and ambitious woman who follows her dreams through a mans world. Read it even if you are tired of Hemmingway.


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Paris by the Book: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101986271
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Published: Dutton - April 3rd, 2018

A young mothers life is interrupted when her writer husband goes missing. She and her daughters try to continue with their life plan of living in Paris or is the husband planning for them? Do they really see him around corners, across the Pont Nuef? Has he left clues in their French bookstore? This is a story of coming to terms with abandonment and self-discovery with great parallels to classic French stories. A literary romance/mystery.


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The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501137488
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 26th, 2018

Delightful, heartwarming and FUN. I love the diversity of Hoffman she is a great storyteller. This is a great easy read to get lost in. Excellent characters infused with historical and personal events in an odd type of love story. Will appeal to the little bit of magic in all of us. Unputdownable!


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Manhattan Beach: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476716749
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2018

A well-researched different type of meandering historically fiction. Explores the impact of WWII on women and loss. Scenes in the Naval Yard and ocean survival are compelling and strong; I found Anna a wonderful complex character and the added bit of mystery a bonus. I often like when the reader knows more than the main character. I appreciated the depictions of the sea and how Egan uses it as a character.


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Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062419101
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 3rd, 2018

This book follows the parallel lives of seven Camp Ritchie boys, from their immigration to America early in WWII, their enlistment into the Army, training in military intelligence, returning to Europe during Normandy and subsequent invasions, interrogation of German POWs, the discovery of the concentration camps and finally the search for their Jewish relatives. Well written and researched.


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The Lost Vintage: A Novel Cover Image
By Ann Mah
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062823311
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Published: William Morrow - June 19th, 2018

An easy to read tale especially if you like good wine, luscious landscapes, a bit of romance, family secrets, pulled together with WWII history. Although a few relationships are underdeveloped this is tender-hearted, well-paced, and a page-turner.


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The Summer Wives: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062660343
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Published: William Morrow - July 10th, 2018

When I'm in the mood for a beach/vacation read I often turn to Beatriz Williams. There is always romance, intrigue, and scandals without being fluffy. Summer Wives may be my favorite to date. New England charming locale (think Fisher Island), a main character whose voice speaks straight to you, handsome boy, family secrets - just right for escape reading. Great audio narration too.


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Lilac Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101883082
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2017

Taken from real-life events and WWII heroines, Lilac Girls shows atrocities from the Holocaust not well known. Told through three differing women all with a unique voice. Accessible for many readers.


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The War Outside Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316316699
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

A story of betrayal and friendship. Excellent introduction to American Interments camps during WWII. Outstanding writing that we have come to know from Monica Hesse.


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Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

An easy-read girlfriend thriller. Two non-reliable narrators navigate complex and tragic situations and their volatile relationship. The setting is lush 1950's Tangier. This has a bit of a Shakespearean feel crossed with Gone Girl suspense. Expect a movie.


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American War: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101973134
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

A look at what a future America might be like during and after a second civil war. Brilliant writing and thought provoking. Many themes - creating a terrorist, manipulation, loyalty - surround the reader in this hard-to-put-down dystopia tale. Omar El Akkad is a journalist turned novelist who understands the extremes of civil war, acts of despair and the atrocities people can project on others. I found myself sympathetic with characters I didn't think I would, unsettled but entranced. This is an intense look at war and damage it causes. Good if you liked The Road by McCarthy.


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The Secrets Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062442208
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Published: Harper - June 26th, 2018

Empowering story about women, culture and class in India and how the country is rapidly modernizing. An inspiring reminder of the power of love and the strength of spirit in difficult circumstances. Although not necessary I feel this will be most enjoyed by those whove read The Space Between Us.


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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781328863577
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 6th, 2018

Break out the processco and get ready for a fun read. Isolde is 60, sexy, feisty and has a nose for adventure. Murder, sun, Euro flair all in a lighthearted mystery set in Sicily. Think racy, quirky Miss Marble!


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A Place for Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763558
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Published: SJP for Hogarth - June 12th, 2018

Minza seamlessly weaves people and time into a beautiful tale of a family caught between cultures and the rocky road they navigate. It is very insightful into a Muslim Indian American family after 911. Explores honest and complex feeling, beliefs and values both personal and religious. I thought this was lovely, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Shows that as Americans we are more alike than we are different.


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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771681339
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Published: Central Avenue Publishing - April 1st, 2018

I love the lushness of a good African tale. While this is set around the horror of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda it is about how sorrow and pain are broken through by goodness and forgiveness. Many themes are brought in: motherhood, civil rights, abandonment, loss, grief, the effects of violence and vengeance. I loved the writing, the diversity of characters, the pace and how secrets were revealed throughout. Every single part of this book is excellent. Great literary read with lots of substance and much to discuss.


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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Touchstone - May 1st, 2018

We've heard of the recent atrocities committed in Syria, and while this outstanding novel isn't political, it shows the plight of refugees and the trials political strife can have on families. This is lyrical and maps times past and present in parallel stories as two young girls traverse the Middle East and across North Africa in their quest for home. I reread many passages for their beauty. This is an amazing debut from a talented new author. This requires a bit of focus at the beginning but I was captivated and you will be too. Good if you liked the Kite Runner and magical novels of exotic places.


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Bachelor Girl: A Novel by the Author of Orphan #8 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501173349
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Published: Touchstone - March 6th, 2018

Easy fun read of endearing characters in 1920s New York. Real-life Colonel Jacob Ruppert wrapped up alluring fiction.


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Wow! Amazing writing from a fresh new talent raised in extraordinary circumstances. Somehow Westover is bold enough to rise above her wild upbringing; while being torn with family loyalty and duty she discovers who she is, who she was and who she can be. This is a stunning inspiring story that is so well told I am in complete awe. Unforgettable! Great audio too!


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Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316434812
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 16th, 2018

Bold, timely and well written speculative fiction on the lives of women whose choices are restricted. Zumas explores the consequences of making abortion illegal through the eyes of five very different women. The writing is a bit experimental but I feel it works extremely well and by removing the women as subjects it shows their roles in society. It is an easy-to-read complex book of motherhood, identity and fertility issues.


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I Was Anastasia: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385541695
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Published: Doubleday - March 27th, 2018

I found this so believable I wanted it to be true! Lawson does a fabulous job in this clever novel. The linear/non-linear chapters and structure of the narrative really works and adds tension and anticipation. I found the tone pitch perfect. This is a brilliant, complex tale of possibilities and hard to put down. Great historical mystery!


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The Last Child: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312642365
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 9th, 2010

Excellent suspense-mystery-thriller ...but more than that...a polished, yet gritty literary exploration of loss, friendship and the quest for truth. Strong character development and writing. Hart is a master storyteller.


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How to Stop Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522874
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Published: Viking - February 6th, 2018

Tom wants a normal life, but his is anything but...he's 400 years old! Tom takes us back and forth across centuries; we met great historical characters and experience dramatic changes in the world. We feel his loneliness, loss and love. Fun, clever speculative fiction. Good if you liked Discovery of Witches, Time and Again or The Little Book.


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The Brightest Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778331278
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Published: Park Row - March 20th, 2018

I knew this was a good book as I was sad when I finished. This is the story of women and motherhood, the pain of unhappy parents and childhood, mothers who don't mother and women that do. I fell in love with the young girls in the story. Excellent writing and strong feeling of place. Good if you like stories about forging a home in other cultures and finding family.


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Small Great Things: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345544971
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 20th, 2018

Jodi Picoult's books take serious social issues and packs them with a punch. Great Small Things deals with race through three different narrators: a black nurse, a white supremacist, and a public defender working on the first big case of her career. This is told with brutal honesty and lots of heart there were times I was uncomfortable, parts that got under my skin. This is Picoult at her best and a great audio! This quote from the author sums it up - "I wrote it because I believed it was the right thing to do, and because the things that make us most uncomfortable are the things that teach us what we all need to know.


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The Monk of Mokha Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947319
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018

Mokhtar is likeable and his story interesting. I've always appreciated Egger's biographies and writing. I'll taste coffee with a new appreciation -- it is amazing that a cup doesn't cost $50.


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The Hazel Wood: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147905
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 30th, 2018

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062300553
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 1st, 2018

An easy-to-read honest memoir of growing up in Kentucky and Ohio. Gives great insight to this regions families struggles and mind set. I loved J.D. he is smart, intuitive, and would be wonderful addition to a relevant conversation. The writing of this was timely and I appreciated his perception.


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Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062690968
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Published: Harper - February 6th, 2018

Wild, arid and teeming with corruption; two brothers face the harsh realities of life in the 1880s Australian outback. Great descriptive writing! A tale of revenge, guilt, survival and how to be human. I found this savagely beautiful and loved it. Will be one of the best of 2018.


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The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

I found this rich in setting and characters and although Hannah is addressing serious themes the writing flows with emotional intimacy. Leni grow up quickly and with many harsh burdens. This is a testament to youth, persistence, fortitude and relationships that bond. Hard to put down.


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Woman at 1,000 Degrees: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206239
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 9th, 2018

At times funny, at times sad this is the story of an elderly woman looking back on her life that is permanently scarred by WWII. She is a tough-as-nails, unsentimental narrator with a quick wit. I found this tragic, occasionally brilliant although somewhat scattered. Herras life is tragic but she lives by her own terms. Very Icelandic/Scandinavian in feel. Good if you like slightly different literary reads.


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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316352543
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Published: Hachette Books - October 2nd, 2018

Interesting and relevant book. A look back at key women and components of WWII that changed the course of the war. Young women were recruited to work with the Army and Navy as code breakers. This story, and the identities of the code girls, was classified for years. Mundy blends stories of the women and their working conditions with war history, including the rivalry between the Navy and the Army; the author does an amazing job of making this an interesting read.


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ISBN: 9781503943377
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - May 1st, 2017

GREAT captivating story in the vein of Unbroken! Based on the life of Pino Lello during WWII. Pino is a normal teenager in Milan when the war tests his strength, faith and loyalty. Full of car chases, daring mountain escapes, evil Nazis and Fascists, love and secrets. Sullivan did plenty of research and although I found his writing a bit simple I couldn't put this down. Great audio too!


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By Delores Phillips, Tayari Jones (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781616958725
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Published: Soho Press - January 30th, 2018

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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

Erdrich stretches her wings in this Evolutionary-changed world. She has infused her American Indian backgrounds that we have come to know from her in a future that is dire for humankind - evolution is running backward! Written in the form of a letter to pregnant Cedars unborn child; I found this a well-crafted questioning story with religious undertones that left me slightly uneased. I kept hoping for circumstances to improve while knowing they likely wouldnt. Good for fans of The Handmaids Tale with more character engagement.


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ISBN: 9780735213180
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

How would you live your life if you knew when it would end? Four siblings grapple with this haunting question in different ways. Thought provoking and conceptually well written where the moral and central themes tie together. Benjamin explores existential questions in everyday life. Fate vs. chance vs. free will. Some strong sexual content. Great for discussion!


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One Station Away: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062677495
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Published: Ecco - December 24th, 2018

New York neurosurgeon looks anew at life after interactions with three women: mother, fiance and patient. I found the interactions between the doctor and the women poignant despite all of their flaws. This carries a haunting quality to it even through the richness of writing. The importance of connection in music was an interesting theme. Excellent choice for a literary read.


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Seven Days of Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451488756
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Published: Berkley - October 17th, 2017

Get ready for a romp. Classic outstanding English humor with lots of heart and quirky dysfunctional families. An easy festive read. Good if you like Jojo Moyes, or the movies Death at a Funeral or Love Actually. Very solid and enjoyable.