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Same As It Ever Was: A Novel By Claire Lombardo Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385549554
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Published: Doubleday - June 18th, 2024

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Forgotten on Sunday By Valérie Perrin, Hildegarde Serle (Translator) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9798889660187
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Published: Europa Editions - June 4th, 2024

This is a beautiful well written story.  As in Perrin’s other French novels this is filled with compassion and wisdom.  Justine forms special relationships with elders in the care facility where she works all while dealing with layered family secrets.    Both Justine and Perrin are determined that sharing others’ stories can illuminate the world. It is certainly true in this touching story.  Thoughtful and moving. 


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Familiaris By David Wroblewski Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9798212194297
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - June 11th, 2024

Remember Edgar Sawtelle?  Here’s the prequel with the same great American novel feel.  Familiaris is filled with characters that feel like family, passion and or course dogs.  Here we follow John and Mary and their ramshackle collection of friends as they make their way in the world.  I found this wise and tender and thoroughly enjoyable. 


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The Lion Women of Tehran By Marjan Kamali Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668036587
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Published: Gallery Books - July 2nd, 2024

 I loved this story that explores friendship, family and class. Ellie and Homa are young girls in Iran growing up in a time when women had freedoms and advantages that disappeared after the Cultural Revolution. Ellie deals with finding her true self and spunky Homa, who captured my heart, fights for rights and bravely endures loss and injustice. A tender story that immersed me in another time and country and shows how our choices can define our futures.


The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War By Erik Larson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385348744
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Published: Crown - April 30th, 2024

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A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon By Kevin Fedarko Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501183058
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2024

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Husbands & Lovers: A Novel By Beatriz Williams Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593724224
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 25th, 2024

I eagerly await William’s new book each summer. Mallory is forced to confront her past to save what is most important to her and Hannah is entangled with scandal and spies in 1950’s Egypt. As always there are wonderful strong characters, steamy romance, and a touch of espionage. So, whether you are under an umbrella or in a hammock this is an unputdownable page-turner.


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This Summer Will Be Different By Carley Fortune Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593638880
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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2024

Steamy and dreamy plus a lovely island setting.  This is another great romance by Carley Fortune to get lost in.  Lucy has promised not to fall for her best friend’s brother but…oops, they keep falling into each other.  Great chemistry, romance and s**.


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All the Colors of the Dark By Chris Whitaker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593798874
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Published: Crown - June 25th, 2024

This is amazing!  I am struck by its beauty and its rawness that doesn’t overwhelm. Chris is a gifted writer; this novel feels worldly yet intimate with great characters.  It is wrought with emotion – guilt, anger, redemption and love; you’ll feel them all.   It’s a twisted thriller, a love story with an abundance of goodness. Destined for greatness and one of the best books of the year. Trust me!


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I Cheerfully Refuse By Leif Enger Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802162939
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2024

Enger is in top form; I reread many passages for the beautiful prose.  This is a strong powerful book in a quiet melodic way.  Society has collapsed and lawlessness abounds – it takes much to persevere.  I immediately fell for Rainey and his companion Sol as they embarked on their odyssey/escape.  This is a study of contrasts: good vs. evil, kindness vs. greed.  The backdrop is desperate, but this is steeped in hope and love.  Great story!


The East Indian: A Novel By Brinda Charry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781668004531
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Published: Scribner - April 9th, 2024

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Shades of Mercy: A Porter Beck Mystery By Bruce Borgos Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250848093
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 16th, 2024

Number two in the Porter Beck series is timely and fast-paced. A deadly and violent conspiracy and multiple situations are happening in Porter’s quiet Nevada town. Could a teenager be behind a drone attack? And where does the FBI fit in?  This could be a stand-alone but why not get engrossed in a new series?  (#1 The Bitter Past is good too.)


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Lucky: A novel By Jane Smiley Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593535011
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Published: Knopf - April 23rd, 2024

Moderately successful folksinger, Jodie, cruises through life with the help of a supportive family. Smiley shows us a creative life, growth of a solidary figure, and the wonderful humanity of caring for others. This has a bit of an auto-biographical feel and “the gawky girl” is unmistakingly Smiley. This is a love song to St. Louis and shows how the ordinary can be extraordinary.   Very enjoyable.


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Last House: A Novel By Jessica Shattuck Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780062979896
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Published: William Morrow - May 14th, 2024

 Last House is an intimate look at generations of a family, intertwined with geopolitical forces that shape each generation. It highlights social and political changes over the past 80 years. Sounds heavy but is an easy enjoyable novel that is thought provoking.


The Woman with No Name: A Novel By Audrey Blake Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728270821
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - March 12th, 2024

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The Same Bright Stars: A Novel By Ethan Joella Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668024607
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Published: Scribner - July 2nd, 2024

This is a soulful book with a refreshing sensitivity. Good-hearted Jack is at a crossroads – would closing one door open another? Joella does a great job of making his characters real and their actions believable. I loved the perfect moments of human connection. A great vacation read.


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The Night We Lost Him: A Novel By Laura Dave Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668002933
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 17th, 2024

This is a complicated love story with a bit of a mystery.  Nora and Sam, estranged siblings, converge to solve a whodunit but unearth the mystery of who their father was – I loved their growing relationship.  Themes of loss and grief are well done and with expertly placed flashbacks the complexities of relationships are revealed.  This is a page turner with lots of layers. 


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Clear: A Novel By Carys Davies Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781668030660
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2024

Clear is a unique story that has a classic feel.  Written from various points of view and told with much emotion and depth. Two old souls collide on a remote Scottish Island in the mid 1800’s.  One has an impossible task and the other finds connection through caregiving.  Good if you like Claire Keegan. 


Hard by a Great Forest: A Novel By Leo Vardiashvili Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593545034
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 30th, 2024

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The Bitter Past: A Mystery (Porter Beck #1) By Bruce Borgos Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250848079
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 18th, 2023

 Cold War thriller crossed with crime story.  Good character development and dual timelines that add a complexity that you don’t always find in police dramas. Good twist, right amount of witty banter, and plenty of shoot-um-up scenes. This is a fast burning page-turner with some historic aspects. Good if you like Kevin Powers or C.J. Box


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The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West By Sara Ackerman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780778369516
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Published: Mira Books - February 6th, 2024

There is much to love about Ackerman’s recent book – lush setting, strong female characters, a bit of action and adventure and the right amount of romance.  Dual timelines – the tragic Dole Air Race of 1927 and current day when an old plane is discovered in an abandoned barn.  Fast-paced fun reading!


The Searcher: A Novel By Tana French Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735224674
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Published: Penguin Books - November 2nd, 2021

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James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385550369
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Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

Twain would be proud. Told through the noble and learned voice of Jim this is a masterful story. I loved Jim concealment tactic for survival, and his debates about human rights with literary figures. Huck is like running into an old friend and the reveal at the end is perfect. This is a soulful story with many meaningful moments. Outstanding!


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A Wild and Heavenly Place By Robin Oliveira Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593543856
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 13th, 2024

With great sense of place and beautiful writing this is an easy to get into historical fiction read.  Hailey and Samuel fall in love despite the contrasts of their upbringing.  This love travels far and wide, spanning continents and conventions.  It’s a love for the decades and you’ll find yourself cheering for our heroes as I did.  Enjoyable, escape reading. 


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Crow Talk: A Novel By Eileen Garvin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593473887
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Published: Dutton - April 30th, 2024

Frankie and Anne become unlikely friends and allies during a season of change and challenges.  I loved how each chapter introduces an excerpt explaining habits of crows and how it skillfully ties into the chapter.   Garvin’s writing is clear and beautifully describes nature and June Lake.  This is an uplifting story of hope, healing power of nature and friendship, and an amazing look at crows. 


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The Hazelbourne Ladies Motorcycle and Flying Club: A Novel By Helen Simonson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984801319
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Published: The Dial Press - May 7th, 2024

Charming!  Think Jane Austen crossed with Emily Henry, and good if you are a Downton Abbey fan.  Constance is trying to find her place in the world and adjust to the restrictions women faced despite their hard work during WWI.  Simonson always gets the atmosphere of the times and the social dynamics right.  Filled with lively imperfect characters and written with warmth and wisdom - this is a delight. 


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Long Island (Eilis Lacey Series) By Colm Toibin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476785110
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2024

Sequel to crowd favorite, Brooklyn.  Toibin is a master storyteller.  His prose is magnificent and his characterizations cultivate deep feelings and vulnerabilities in a sensitive way.  Eilis is caught in a crossroads, her family life in NY is disrupted and revisiting Ireland adds layers of uncertainty.  A beautiful book with the feeling that we’ll get to visit these characters again. 


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The Widow Spy: A Novel By Megan Campisi Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668024850
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Published: Atria Books - April 9th, 2024

Kate is many things: the US’s first female detective, a Pinkerton agent, and a Union spy.  This is highly entertaining and compelling historical fiction.  Kate’s mission is to break the code of a real-life socialite Confederate Spy.  Full of real people interesting history and forbidden love.  Easy fun-read with historical context.   


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The Curse of Pietro Houdini: A Novel By Derek B. Miller Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668020883
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2024

 I loved this brilliant and entertaining unique story. Miller crosses history and fiction through his inventive writing (take note of the differing POVs) and fabulous characters including a mule, Ferrari. It’s a combination of WWII Italy, art heist, and unlikely heroes and allies. Good if you liked City of Thieves or heartfelt stories.


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Miss Morgan's Book Brigade: A Novel By Janet Skeslien Charles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668008980
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Published: Atria Books - April 30th, 2024

Charles once again uncovers little-known history of heroic women.  This time it’s WWI where librarian Kit goes to war-torn France to work alongside Anne Morgan to bring books and other necessary items to families on the war front.   Meanwhile librarian Wendy, in present day NY, uncovers Kit’s story and breaks through her stagnant uncertainty.   Great historical context and stories of friendships forged.  This is a tribute to the women who received the Croix de Guerre (French War Cross for bravery). their resilience and to the power of Literacy.


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The General and Julia: A Novel By Jon Clinch Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781668009789
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Published: Atria Books - November 14th, 2023

 Enigmatic and humble hero looks back on his life and legacy. Shows Grant as a complex man of action and compassion and how he accepted the burden of uniting/leading the country as an act of service. Explores his time as General and how his lenient terms imposed upon the Confederates continued to culture marginalization. Also, shows Grant as a friend and family man, and how his trusting nature was taken advantage of. Excellent read as our nation is looking anew at Reconstruction.


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The Things We Didn't Know By Elba Iris Pérez Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668012062
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Published: Gallery Books - February 6th, 2024


This has a semi-autobiographic feel.  What Peres covers best is cultures differences and the emotional growth of young Andrea.  It is a tender story of family relationships and highlights how to juggle the burdens of others and finding your own joy.   


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The Women: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250178633
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2024

Hannah delivers another amazing story. This time about the overlooked women who served in the Vietnam War. Deeply immersed in the tumultuous 60’s, the novel shows the horrors and romance of war, the power of friendships and how women can be forces to reckon with.   This is powerful and Hannah’s talent continues to shine. Don’t miss this!


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Trust Her: A Novel By Flynn Berry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593490327
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Published: Viking - June 25th, 2024

A follow up to Berry’s suspenseful Northern Spy.    Tessa and Marion have moved on with their lives after the chilling events in Northern Ireland – or have they?  An encounter with a menacing IRA member pulls the sisters back into the messiness of Irish politics and divisions.  It is not necessary to have read her first book, but I would, it’s great too.  Great thriller.


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The Storm We Made: A Novel By Vanessa Chan Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781668015148
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - January 2nd, 2024

This fantastic book epitomizes the reason I love good historical fiction; I’m drawn into an amazing story and I learn something along the way.  Chan cleverly transports us, through the eyes of one family, to Malaysia during World War II, when allegiances are fraught, times are dangerous, and what’s right is hard to discern.  Captivating debut! 


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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

Time travel crossed with a love story and twisted with an ill-intentioned government agency.  At times funny and clever with good character development.  Good concept and I loved the twists.  Good if you liked Addie LaRue.  


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Again and Again: A Novel By Jonathan Evison Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593184158
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Published: Dutton - November 7th, 2023

A heartfelt story that’s a cross between Addie LaRue and Body Keeps the Score.  An unlikely friendship between curmudgeon Eugene and his caregiver Angel.  Eugene is an unreliable narrator whose past life (lives) are revealed to Angel in gripping installments.  It’s hard not to fall for Eugene and his stories, but the most redeeming quality is his hard-earned philosophy on how best to live in the present that he shares with Angel.    Evison is a natural and gifted storyteller who gives us great characters.  This is an enjoyable read with a thoughtful message.


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The Helsinki Affair By Anna Pitoniak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668014745
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 14th, 2023

Red Notice meets Ludlum. Amanda’s loyalties are torn between family and country. She and her side-kick make a great team, plus they are strong female characters. There are plenty of twists, back and forth and globe-trotting.  Super entertaining. 


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All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me By Patrick Bringley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982163303
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 14th, 2023

This is a fantastic example of “stop and smell the roses”.  Bringley shows how art can transform, inform, and heal us through his significance observations of how art is woven into life.    It is also a tale about grief and finding joy in both the grand and the ordinary.  Beautifully written and a joy to read. 


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The Turtle House: A Novel By Amanda Churchill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063290518
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Published: Harper - February 20th, 2024

 

This debut depicts life of a Japanese war bride adjusting to life in Texas and living with the sorrow of losing the love(s) of her life.  Sharing late-night conversations, Mineko and her granddaughter unite to understand and heal each other.  Their repour is heartwarming and Mineko is a wonderful no-nonsense character.  Based on the author’s grandmother, this explores lives of determination and resilience.