What Karin is Reading

  • Posted on: 14 June 2016
  • By: burba6

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

Click here for a selection of Karin's oldies but goodies.

Books: 
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593135235
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 3rd, 2020

Sometimes I just need a book to touch my heart. I really enjoyed Josie Silver’s first book, One Day in December, so I was happy to see she had a new title.  Silver has the English feel of JoJo Moyes- just the right amount of romance without being mushy and I appreciate her little bit of British wit. Her characters, although much younger than me, are easy to get involved in - they have loss and yearnings that are very human. I enjoyed this a lot. 


The Red Lotus: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385544801
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Published: Doubleday - March 17th, 2020

Chris Bohjalian writes many genres and his thrillers are hair raising and well done. This is a story of a drug-resistant plague caused by rats. Cyclist Austin is found dead and his girlfriend, who’s  a nurse, suspects foul play. She hires a detective and the two of them go on a mission to uncover lies and deceit that could have dire consequences.  Alexis is a good imperfect character and I loved her sidekick detective.  I was kept guessing til the end. 


The Mountains Sing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616208189
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 17th, 2020

This is a poignant story of resilience and heart. It spans 90 years of turbulent times and war in Vietnam told through the voices of two generations. The grandmother is one of the strongest, resilient and most forgiving characters I’ve encountered in a long time. She’s fabulous!  I learned a lot - one reason  I love historical fiction. This is an excellent different perspective. Good if you liked Homegoing and In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree. 


The Past Is Never: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781510726826
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Published: Skyhorse - March 20th, 2018

A modern southern Gothic.  A cursed quarry is the scene of many sad incidents over decades and Willet and Bert (Roberta) are haunted for years and left searching for the truth about the disappearance of their sister.  This is a literary page-turner.  I loved the flawed characters and their journey is a compelling one.  Good it you liked John Hart's The Last Child.  Excellent!


This Is Happiness Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635574203
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

An Irish tale of when life was simpler.  Electricity comes to rural Ireland and life lessons and old and new loves are explored.  Life is beautifully illuminated with Williams prose.  I loved the quirky characters and after the first few pages the masterful writing and eccentricities of Irish speech had me smiling and absorbed in the parish.  The explanation of the title, This is Happiness, on page 283 was cause for ponder and SO appreciated.  This slow meandering story is told with warmth and humor. Loved it!


Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780451497017
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

Modern! Fresh! Healthy! Unfussy! I love Alison Roman's attitude about entertaining, her recipes and her red nails. To date Coconut-Braised Chicken, Lemony White Beans, Crushed Peas with Burrata and Crushed Blackberry cake are favorites.


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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062966742
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Published: William Morrow - April 14th, 2020

I loved following Simon as he navigates life in post-Civil War Texas. Life is uncertain under Reconstruction but he is passionate about his fiddle and Irish beauty, Doris and he finds his way with the help of some great characters and lots of optimism. I love Paulette Jiles atmospheric writing and her clever plotting kept me reading well into the night. Great writing and storytelling. Good if you liked Cold Mountain and Jiles book, News of the World.


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Wolf Hall: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429980
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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

Great historical fiction with lots of history. There is a touch of Shakespearean in Mantell's writing and I appreciated her astute writing and her enthralling portrait of Thomas Cromwell. 16th Century politics and Court intrigue and drama at its best.


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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

Apeirogon is unlike any book I've ever read.  The narrative form is unusual and McCann is a literary genius as to how he pulls this story together.  It has fiction and nonfiction material and includes history, politics, ornithology, art, and more.  I loved all of these aspects but the real heart of the book is friendship, loss, and how grief can be a weapon for peace.  Shows how facets of a lifetime create a life.  You need to check this out!


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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781501197628
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2019

As entertaining and informative as his podcast.  Mo examines people who didn't get their due.  Each "mobituary" showcases the highlights, contributions and influences of known and unknown individuals. His trademark humor is throughout.  Enjoyable little snippets.  Great audio too.


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Run Me to Earth Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501154041
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

Another Gem from Yoon.  I love his writing, it's elegant and every word has purpose.  This shows wartime tragedy through 3 children caught in dire circumstances and yet it is full of love and life.  I found it heartbreaking but the compassion of all the characters is heartwarming.  Unimaginable terror and shows the craziness of war.  Amazing writing and story; a miniature masterpiece.  Good if you liked City of Thieves, In the Shadow of the Banyan, or The Lotus Eaters.


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House on Endless Waters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982130220
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Published: Atria Books - January 7th, 2020

I savored this novel - didn't want to put it down yet didn't want it to end. This is a story within a story about a writer whose novel crashes into him and in turn demands he notice who he really is. This shows how the past stays with us and can teach us to live. It's a self-portrait, a realist vs. surrealist novel, and a story of place and belonging. I loved the mix of history and fiction and this has just the right amount of symbolism - take note of dark waters and windows. You'll savor this too!


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Lady Clementine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492666905
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 7th, 2020

I was immediately drawn into the life of Clementine Churchill. Benedict writes with a frankness that is refreshing and she skillfully shows the many roles that Clementine empowered. She ran households that were a whirlwind of activity, she was a political and tactical advisor, a stateswoman and a speech writer. There is also good exploration of parenting guilt and moments of self-doubt and overwhelming stress. Great historical fiction and Clemmie was much more than a backdrop to Winston.


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The Long Call (The Two Rivers Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250204448
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 3rd, 2019

Yeah - a new English detective series. Award winning author, Cleeves gives us another character driven mystery. This is a compelling read with multiple plots and characters. Also, explores power of church and blind faith of its followers. Good if you like Louise Penny.


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The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

Topeka School looks at family struggles and social issues from three different points of view; Son, Mother and Father. Lots of psychological references and heavy with toxic masculinity and shows how the future can be affected by this socialization of identity. This is an intellectual novel and has a semi auto-biographic feel. Good if you like David Foster Wallace.


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The Sacrament: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062899873
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Published: Ecco - December 3rd, 2019

This is an outstanding sophisticated novel of a conflicted nun that twice is coerced into investigating a scandal in Iceland. This covers the abuse of power in many forms. Sister Johanna is a wonderful character; she wrestles with her faith and has lots of personal reckoning to grapple with. Pall, George Harrison and Jesus add lighthearted moments that add much depth to this back and forth interweaving mystery. Excellent!


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Written in the Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147513939
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Published: Speak - May 3rd, 2016

American-raised Naila is smart and preparing for college; she plays by the harsh family rules but is secretly in love with the perfect boy. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans and a family visit back to Pakistan goes awry. This shows how honorable intensions can go horribly wrong. If you ever feel your parents are overbearing read this! A look into Pakistan and Muslin culture without religion. The authors note is important to read - an excellent explanation or arranged vs. forced. Very good!


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The Innocents: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385545426
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Published: Doubleday - November 12th, 2019

Crummey is a poet and his artistry shines in this novel of siblings trying to survive in harsh Newfoundland. And while its eking out a life that propels the book forward the novel is much more complex. There's tension that runs through the book, but Crummey achieves this with so much sensitivity that I was caught by its beauty. The language is lovely but never excessive - it has an old-fashioned feel that is great. This explores what makes us human and reminded me of why I love great fiction.


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The Age of Light: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316524148
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 22nd, 2019

Lee Miller is a woman with complicated ambitions, feelings and a haunted past. She is a woman growing into her passions and exploring her creativity in bohemian Paris. She's sexy and determined. She's a female artist in the 1930's navigating how to be taken seriously. I couldn't help but be drawn into her life, was captivated by Paris in the 30's and wanted to know more about these interesting artists. A feminist novel about love, art and proprietorship.


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The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385544252
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Published: Doubleday - June 25th, 2019

A big Chicago family filled with joys and sorrows, love and rivalries. Its easy to get drawn into Lambardo's engrossing debut. I grew to love and care about the Sorensons, but mostly the amazing writing impressed me. Underlying secrets are revealed masterfully through four decades of four sisters trying to find a love such as their parents. There's no politics, or social-racial issues but just a large messy endearing family. Good character driven family saga - a modern day Little Women.


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One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399166662
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 22nd, 2019

Two-time Pulitzer winner gives us a captivating readable look at our country and our citizens during one day in 1986. Remarkable things happen everyday and Weingarten expertly shares fascinating stories, shows how peoples lives were changed and how events can have lasting impacts. Well-crafted slice of American life. So ENJOYABLE, and good for anyone.


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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

This is a love letter to fairytales. The core of the story is simply a young man who wants to know his fate but all the interwoven stories are complex and some disbelief of reality is necessary to enjoy this tale. It is a fairytale with influences from Alice in Wonderland, Narnia, Where the Wild Things Are with myths and legends thrown in. There is symbolism galore and stories within stories. Enjoyable if you like fantasy that is filled with pleasing aesthetics without an abundance of plot.


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The Wind That Lays Waste: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978457
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 9th, 2019

This small-scale novel is big in feeling and humanity. It takes place over one day with only four imperfect yet likeable characters. This is a quiet-before-the-storm type story evoking introspection and emotion. I was absorbed into this story, could picture the dusty rural setting and the tough-as-nails characters. Every word is important in this small story and the translation is excellent. Good if you like Steinbeck or Consider This Senora.


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The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525557463
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Published: Viking - May 14th, 2019

A clear, concise account of the multinational convoy, PQ-17, and their harrowing experience in the Artic. Thirty-five merchant ships and numerous military support leave Iceland bound for the northern Russian port of Archangel with the Germans hot on their trail. Erroneous orders to avoid attack force four ships to hide in the icefield. History is accurately described but the real brilliance of this book is how Geroux balances history with human experience and military tactics. This is interesting easy-to-follow history for any novice WWII reader and so well done that even WWII buffs will appreciate.


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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

I dare you to not be hooked by the end of chapter one. I dare you to not feel something! The writing is gripping yet intimate, I was inside the heads of Lydia, Luca and their companions and although it shows unconscionable violence it is filled with love and compassion. I was left feeling raw and vulnerable but found this a truly human story that should change the discourse of our times. This is one of the best books you will read this year and one of the most important.


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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

I feel A Long Petal of the Sea is Allende at her finest. I love how historical fiction teaches us through normal everyday people. This is Victor and Roser's life. It tells of their loves, yearning, displacements, perseverance, differences and connections. The use of Neruda's poems is brilliant - I enjoyed learning of his heroics. The Solar family provides a good counterpoint view and there is plenty of interesting history that is little known. There is an intimacy to this story that makes it feel personal to Allende (even more than her relationship to politician Salavdor Allende). Great read!


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White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062857767
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Published: Ecco - January 28th, 2020

Neighborhood drama that will make you smile and shake your head. Lots of clever satire! Excellent characterization and differing voices. Explores relationships, friendships, suburban development, belonging and modern-day communities. Has an Ann Taylor feel and good if You Liked Little Fires Everywhere.


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Resistance Women: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062841124
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 4th, 2020

The Berlin Underground comes to life in this expertly crafted and researched book. Based on real heroes that conspired against and protested the Nazis. (There are streets named after them in Germany and even a day to celebrate one in Wisconson.) Four women from differing backgrounds forge bonding friendships through this harrowing time. This is a story to sink into, it's thought provoking and inspiring. There is no blowing up of bridges or car chases through the Alps but rather the gathering and sharing of intelligence. I especially appreciated the background and lead-up time in the 30's. I found this riveting and interesting and was inspired by the courage of these remarkable women. P.S. Don't skip the authors note.


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A Door in the Earth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316451574
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 27th, 2019

Naive 22-year old American-raised Afghan goes on a quest to do good and to research a rural Afghan village. With echoes of the Three Cups of Tea scandal Waldman expertly depicts gaping holes in what Parveen was led to believe by an American doctor's memoir of his time and heroic(?) efforts in Afghanistan. This memoir also spurred the American Army to bring progress to this village. This is an excellent exploration into the grey areas of American influence and sheds light on misunderstanding, misguided intentions and differing cultures. Superb!


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Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780525577072
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 29th, 2019

Its easy to see why is Tieghan Gerard is wildly popular and why her cook books are best sellers. Colorado-raised Tieghan has tried and true family recipes with stunning photographs. I've found her recipes straight forward with common ingredients. With Super Simple everything is just that - super easy, yet she doesn't skimp on taste and creativity. So far, my family has enjoyed Lemon Butter Cod, Spiced Lamb Hummus, Carne Asada Tostadas and Chicken Tortilla Soup. I appreciate how Tieghan has instructions for various cooking methods (slow-cooker vs. stove-top vs. Instant Pot). You'll be excited to try many more just like me!


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Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525654971
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Reads like a spy novel yet true! Twenty-two year old, Amaryllis is recruited by the CIA after Daniel Pearls beheading and ends up infiltrating terrorist networks in the Middle East and Asia. Excellent descriptions of the isolation and intense pressure she and her colleagues were under. It's all the scary stuff we've been hearing in the news - Amaryllis was living it.


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The World That We Knew: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137570
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

I loved The World That We Knew! This is an unusual WWII story with a superb mix of war atrocities and folklore/magical realism. There are numerous narratives that interweave and introduce new characters. I cared about them all. Hoffman uses background information in an unusual way which I felt really enhanced the story. There is strong symbolism, a good amount of history and a story within a story. Hoffman uses beautiful prose where we can glance into the human heart. Highly recommended.


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

This poetic look at different perspectives of a family is outstanding. The writing is sparse yet full. Shows how history and community can shape a person and ultimately a family. There are themes of identity, ambition, status and parenting and mostly shows how the choices individuals make can be consequential and have rippling effects. Great audio with numerous narrators.


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Impossible to put down!  This could possibly be my favorite Patchett book. There is such an honest beauty in its simplicity and prose; Patchett's observations about human nature are stunning. Danny is a wonderful, stubborn narrator and the cast of characters is so human, including the house. Loved it!


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The Stationery Shop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107499
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Published: Gallery Books - February 11th, 2020

Young love in 1950 Tehran gets complicated with family interference and the 1953 coup by the Shah. This is an easy read that wonderfully details Iranian life and this tremulous time in Iranian history. Great immersible sweeping romance with foreign culture and history. Certain amount of grace in this story that I really appreciated.


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The Giver of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399562488
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - October 8th, 2019

Jojo Moyes continues to write delightful stories. Margery and Alice and all the librarians are strong, determined women in rural Kentucky. Shows how literature can lift humanity up and Moyes' interspersing of some (probably) of her favorite writings is fun.


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The Yellow Bird Sings: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250179760
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

The Yellow Bird Sings tore at my heartstrings. I found this beautiful and captivating. This is a war survival story that is FULL of heart and love. There are terrifying and sad spots and parts that are so beautifully poignant I was overwhelmed. This is so unlike any WWII novel - you need to read it. Good if You Liked All the Light We Cannot See.


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Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684738
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 15th, 2019

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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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169052
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Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2019

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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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316421997
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Published: Redhook - September 10th, 2019

Part fantasy, part fairy tale - plain good story! January, whose father is off on an adventure with a mission, lives a sheltered life until she discovers her power to write her own story. The authors use of doors and how they can be accessed by stories is great. This is full of imagination and adventure and shows the power of books and how love conquers all. Good if you liked The Night Circus.


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Wonderland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250211385
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Published: Square Fish - August 27th, 2019

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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The Secrets Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062442215
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 25th, 2019

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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The Collector's Apprentice: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616209803
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2019

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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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781328588784
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Published: Mariner Books - February 5th, 2019

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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The Winter Soldier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316477598
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 17th, 2019

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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Gone So Long: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393357370
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

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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Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

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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Paris by the Book: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101986295
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Published: Dutton - January 15th, 2019

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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I Was Anastasia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101973318
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Published: Anchor - February 5th, 2019

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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How to Stop Time: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522898
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

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: 9780778307761
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Published: Park Row - February 26th, 2019

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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The War Outside Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316316712
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

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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A Place for Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763565
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Published: SJP for Hogarth - March 5th, 2019

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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The Soul of a Thief Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335994684
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Published: Hanover Square Press - April 9th, 2019

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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Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062690982
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 4th, 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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Red Clocks: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316434782
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 2nd, 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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Seven Days of Us: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451488763
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Published: Berkley - October 16th, 2018

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.


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The Immortalists Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

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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The Light Over London Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107017
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Published: Gallery Books - September 24th, 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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Invented Lives Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781947534902
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Published: Scribe Us - November 5th, 2019

Invented Lives is the story of exile: exile from country and exile from self. Galina is an orphaned Russian who arrives in Australia in the 1980's. She becomes involved with an underlyingly complicated family who are all hiding secrets. The characters are interesting, human and like the title are inventing their lives. I especially appreciated the themes of identity, loneliness, and love. This is a thoughtful novel about starting anew and reminds readers of the importance of connection and belonging.


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Whiskey When We're Dry: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220454
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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Adventures in the untamed Old West. Outlaws, crooked politicians and an engaging multi-dimensional sharp-shooter makes for a great read. Excellent depiction of the harshness of life on the Western Frontier and the gritty lawless people who inhabit it. Has themes of coming-of-age, gender ambiguity, loyalty and loss and shows how love can cross lines of race and class. Expect a movie! Highly recommended.


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November Road: A Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062663856
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 22nd, 2019

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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Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062846662
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 11th, 2019

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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Love Is Blind: A novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - September 24th, 2019

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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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 6th, 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; Hedy 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 Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

Although this is a story based around the AIDS epidemic in the 1980's at heart it is a story of redemption, connection and whom you call family. Excellent characters and shows how tragic illness forever alters lives. I found this moving and thoughtful.


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The Summer Wives: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062660350
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 4th, 2019

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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The Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 27th, 2019

Amazing rendering of a journey to asylum after tragic loss. This is beautifully written with flashbacks and dreams; I found the connection between chapters wonderful and very effective. Nuri is navigating passage to England with his injured wife but slowly I realized his wounds are deep as well. Good if You Liked The Life of Pi. Very moving!


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Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly's Royal Wedding Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 23rd, 2019

Romance on the French Rivera! Pure glamour, lost love and second chances. Easy to devour, fun to get lost in while dreaming of the glorious sights and smells of the sunny Cote d'Azur.


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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Whitehead is one of America's great storytellers. Here he recounts the long-hidden horrid history of a Florida reform school thru the eyes of Elwood and Turner. Elwood lives by the rules, idolizes MLK and is bound for college but ends up learning street rules from wise, cynic Turner. I loved the weaving narrative, and was captured by this incredible story (fabulous ending). Excellent audio too.


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Inland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

I wasn't quite sure what to think initially but I grew to love Inland. It's a very different type of Western story, full of ghosts, interesting complex characters, a Calvary of camels and fabulous writing. Two lives not quite interwoven struggle to survive drought, disappearing family members, a Marshall with a mission, and bully land-owners. I was especially surprised how much I liked Lurie. I loved Obreht's 1st novel, The Tigers Wife, and think she is a master of magical realism and brilliant at imagery. Inland is a bit like a Coen Brothers film - off-beat but well done.


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Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Cover Image
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Published: Random House - March 5th, 2019

This is a very personal story for the author and she has poured her heart into it. Family secrets, love and loss with lots of twists. This has the feel of a mystery but with lots of psychological human tangles. Shows the realities of being an immigrant family in today's world and how others often see us differently than we see ourselves.


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Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062834300
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Published: William Morrow - June 4th, 2019

Estes effectively links the Civil War and current conflicts in her novel about women serving our country in the military. Well-crafted characters and excellent battle descriptions. Shows the scars of PTSD and how unearthing history can help resolve conflict and can ultimately saves you. Great book club choice.


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Today We Go Home Cover Image
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 3rd, 2019

Estes effectively links the Civil War and current conflicts in her novel about women serving our country in the military. Well-crafted characters and excellent battle descriptions. Shows the scars of PTSD and how unearthing history can help resolve conflict and can ultimately saves you. Great book club choice.


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The Lost Vintage: A Novel Cover Image
By Ann Mah
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ISBN: 9780062823328
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 6th, 2019

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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A Spark of Light: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 24th, 2019

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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Bridge of Clay Cover Image
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019

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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Tony's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062319265
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - July 23rd, 2019

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 Golden Hour: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062834751
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Published: William Morrow - July 9th, 2019

<p>I loved Lulu, she's feisty, resourceful, determined and a great narrator. As in all of William's books she does a good job of weaving stories and points of views (you might even recognize a couple of characters from previous works) in a historical intriguing page-turner. There's a bit of a puzzle, espionage and bonds of love. I always consider William's books great summer/vacation reads, but they are not fluff. This has the feel of a classic movie. Fun!</p>


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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

I feel in love with Odie and The Vagabonds and was swept up in their Odyssey canoeing rivers to new beginnings, new friends and their escape from bad conditions.   This is full of great characters, spiritual revelations and wonderful, kind, big-hearted everyday heroes.  Their journey teaches them who they are and whom to consider family.  I was reminded of Steinbeck, Dickens and Twain – there’s a little of Oliver and Huck in Odie.  And just like Odie, Krueger is a master storyteller, his writing shines and carries the reader along with the characters.  This is downright a great read and destined to be an American classic. 


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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

Sepetys does it again - another great historical novel. Here she introduces readers to life in 1957 Spain under the repressive regime of General Franco. There are four characters who you'll care about, just the right amount of romance, and shows the importance of seeking truth and justice.


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Call Your Daughter Home Cover Image
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Published: Park Row - June 11th, 2019

LOVED this! From the first gripping sentence this Southern debut is pitch-perfect. This is a story about women, the heartaches and oppression they endure; about how women find strength and save themselves and each other. Excellent characters and vivid depiction of pre-depression rural life. I found this impossible to put down and outstanding.


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The Woman in the White Kimono Cover Image
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Published: Park Row - May 28th, 2019

Excellent depiction of post WWII Japan and the little known tragic fate of children born of American servicemen and Japanese women. There is lots to pull at your heartstrings and is an interesting look at Japanese culture. In the vein of Before We were Yours. Hard-to-put-down!


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White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

Neighborhood drama that will make you smile and shake your head. Lots of clever satire! Excellent characterization and differing voices. Explores relationships, friendships, suburban development, belonging and modern-day communities. Has an Ann Taylor feel and good if You Liked Little Fires Everywhere.


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The Peacock Emporium: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735222335
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Published: Penguin Books - April 9th, 2019

Moyes's gift as a writer is creating quirky likeable characters in easy-to-read good literature. There is not as much humor as some of her novels but plenty of loveable characters. Themes of well-meant deception, money and status and complexities of marriage are wrapped up with just the right amount of sappiness to make this a very satisfying "chick-lit" read.


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If You Want to Make God Laugh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735219311
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 16th, 2019

If you liked Hum... you'll love Marais's 2nd novel. (And if you haven't read either do so.) It's the 1990s, a unique time in South African history both hopeful and heartbreaking. If You Want to Make God Laugh has great distinct voices and differing points of view that immediately drew me into the lives of Ruth, Dee, and Zodwa. Marais writes humanely of her native country and its people. This examines race, public health, motherhood, family and other issues we seem to be continually dealing with. This is full of heart and excellent!


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Travel Light, Move Fast Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206740
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Published: Penguin Press - August 6th, 2019

I was moved to tears at the end of Travel Light, Move Fast. Alexander Fuller's books about her family and growing up in Zimbabwe and Zambia are my all-time favorite memoirs. Her writing is enchantingly descriptive and beautiful. She brings levity into often bleak situations and she never minces words about slightly crazy family members. In this new story Fuller revisits her fathers life after his sudden death. Tim Fuller had a great zest for life and adventure and although I had a much different upbringing I was reminded of my fathers love of simplicity, toughness, and his stewardship of land. My heart was full for many reasons while reading this and I loved every moment.


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Cape May: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Celadon Books - April 30th, 2019

X-rated Great Gatsby. Young, naive honeymooners meet the usually drunk, scandalous neighbors and are lead down the path of temptation and debauchery.  Sex-filled and graphic, so not for all, but the writing is excellent and the voice compelling. I found myself blushing but wanting to see how Henry and Effie's lives would turn out.


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Love and Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735219847
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Published: Avery - April 2nd, 2019

I was very excited to get Love and Lemons Everyday as I use her first cookbook a lot. This is just as good with beautiful photos, simple and healthy ingredients and delicious recipes. Favorites so far are: Zucchini Verde Enchiladas, Broccoli Rice Black Bean Burritos, Quinoa Veggie Balls, Gem Salad, Lemon Mist Spring Soup, and Date Balls. Trying a new recipe every week. YUM!


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Wunderland: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

Heartbreaking! A friendship stretched taunt and fractured by WWII. Ilse and Renata are young girls in Berlin when the Nazis come into power and their youth is cut short. This depicts differing points of view with deftness and shows how some Germans got caught up in Nazi propaganda. The multiple storylines work extremely well due to Epstein's superb writing. This is a wrenching top-notch stay-up-late great story.


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The Last Romantics: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow - February 5th, 2019

I fell in love with this ambitious novel of four siblings - their intertwining lives and loves. They hold each other up, share or keep secrets and have strong bonds that carry and burden them throughout life. It is beautiful and intimate. Similar to The Immoralists but I think this will be accessible to more readers. Compelling and wonderful!


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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

Big Italian family, big Italian characters, and big personalities. This is an American immigrant story, messy at times, full of secrets, slights and injustices. Epic family drama that tells of life battles won and lost and the extraordinary ability the family has to survive each other.


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. If you were a concert goer in the 70's or listen to the classic rock station you will love this. It reads or listens like a tell-all documentary. I loved the non-traditional narration, the raw intensity and the imperfect characters. The audio is outstanding and addictive!


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The Last Year of the War Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - March 19th, 2019

I was hooked by the first page. This historical novel highlights a profound friendship, family, and shows how an immigrant American family was treated as the enemy during WWII and eventually sent to Germany. The strength lies in Elise and her life story. She brings a fresh perspective and voice - she never lets the atrocities she sees break her spirit. This adult novel is appropriate for young adults branching into adult fiction. I found this an engrossing easy-read and just the right amount of sappy.


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The Guest Book: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

The Guest Book is an epic, sweeping, multi-generation novel with the feel of Steinbeck or Fitzgerald. It's full of family secrets, love, loss and death. History, politics, and race are issues addressed in this work of moral dilemmas; it shows change in social issues and attitudes. The writing is both stunning and poetic and the boiling undercurrent of emotion created great tension. Loved it!


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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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Love and Ruin: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 2019

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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Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 19th, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this much anticipated companion to Moloka'i. The focus is on Ruth and her loving adoptive Japanese family. They face racial prejudice and internment after Pearl Harbor. Her reunion with her mother (Rachel from previous book) is touching. Don't worry if you don't remember details of MolokaI or never read it - this is a historical novel full of heart, hope, and family.


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Fascism: A Warning Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 29th, 2019

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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In Another Time: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2019

An engaging historical fiction/love story with a fun twist. Jillian Cantor did a superb job of capturing my heart and transporting me back and forth in time and location. Shows how the past impacts the future and how strong love can transcend time. Hard to put down and I loved it!


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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Heartbreaking, multigenerational novel of a Korean family who has relocated to Japan. This shines light on a lost slice of history and it celebrates ingenuity, perseverance, culture, and family. Shows what immigrates sacrifice to make a home in the world. If Dickens were writing now this would be the result.


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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501154850
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Yeah, another great read from Lisa See. Here we follow the life of Young-sook, a Korean diver. Not only does this expertly cover her friendships, family-life and the fascinating profession of free-diving but is a great perspective of Korea's turbulent history. I loved the testing of friendships, the strengths of women and the richly developed characters. Great historical fiction!


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At the Wolf's Table: A Novel Cover Image
By Rosella Postorino, Leah Janeczko (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250179142
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 29th, 2019

Themes of guilt, regrets, and shame are center in this engrossing novel. It is a well-written story of survival in dangerous circumstances. The dynamics between characters is extremely well portrayed as well as the grey shades of morality. Serious and thoughtful!


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Lost Roses: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524796372
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 9th, 2019

I was immediately immersed in the early 1900's and the world of socialite Eliza, Royal Russian Sofya, and peasant Varinka. These are strong, determined woman living through extraordinary circumstances and their stories are cleverly intertwined. This is a standalone but you will recognize the daughter, Caroline, from Lilac Girls. This is engrossing historical fiction at its finest and I liked it more than Lilac Girls.


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ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

Complex, unreliable characters, clever plot, compelling writing and a humdinger of a twist although the signs were telling. This is a great debut psychological thriller. Pick it up and stay up all night!


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Becoming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

Genuine and honest! Michelle shares her childhood, life in the White House and the time in-between with grace and class. Shows how important character is and the importance of surrounding yourself with good people. I found myself wanting every young adult and young parent to read this. How to be a conscientious American!


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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) Cover Image
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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 Huntress: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062740373
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - 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 Paris Diversion: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9780525574682
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Published: Ballantine 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
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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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Transcription: A Novel Cover Image
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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: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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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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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
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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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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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Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062686695
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Published: Ecco - January 8th, 2019

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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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
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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
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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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ISBN: 9781492663997
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 28th, 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
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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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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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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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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
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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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Paris by the Book: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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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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Lilac Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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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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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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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: Atria Books - 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: Gallery Books - 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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cover Image
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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!