What Karin is Reading Archive

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

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Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101906156
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Published: Crown - October 17th, 2017

An inspiring well-written narrative history of the first three Olympics that included womans track and field. The women are fascinating and resilient - they faced sexism and many obstacles. You will love Betty!


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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780525582175
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2019

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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Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

A standout of the year! I loved how Celeste writes characters so real you can picture them and I sympathized with all of them. There is lots of ethical grey areas in this that reminded me how complicated and messy life can be. I found this full of love and soul and better than her 1st book. Brilliant!


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

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


The Last Ballad: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062313126
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 5th, 2018

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The Twelve-Mile Straight: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062422095
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Published: Ecco - September 18th, 2018

This is a first-class southern gothic story stewed in racial horridness and corruption.    Truths are revealed slowly, reaching back and forth in time and there are many secrets that affect the community for years.  Lots of great characters that are torn between truth and lies and lots of historical pieces that add depth.   I found it filled with powerful writing and a great sense of time and place.   Good if you liked Mudbound. . 


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A Column of Fire: A Novel (Kingsbridge #3) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780451477996
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Published: Penguin Books - July 31st, 2018

Finally!! As good as the previous two books in this trilogy.  Don’t worry if you can’t remember everything about the past two – this stands alone. Follett is a master of characters and I was drawn to all who inhabit Kingsbridge and neighboring countries.   Follett effortlessly weaves a wonderful story around fact.  He is meticulous and although I knew the history I couldn’t put this down. 


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The Boat Runner: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062658012
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 5th, 2017

I keep thinking the topic of WWII must be nearing exhaustion and then along comes another outstanding story.  The Boat Runner is a page turner, a new angle of the world conflict with stunning language – every word has purpose.  Jacob deals with loss, love and morals.  Also, a painful and honest look at survival.  I found it powerful and mesmerizing! 


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Waking Lions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316395410
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 27th, 2018

This is an excellent commentary on privilege and otherness.  Great first line!  This look at one man’s awakening to problems in his country forms the moral crisis of this story filled with guilt, secrets, surprise dilemmas and racial intolerance.  It is a thriller plot with emotional depth.  I found the change of perspective impressive – from 1st person to universal to another individual.  I feel this will force readers to look at what we normally avoid. 


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A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492637363
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 6th, 2016

Early twentieth century New York comes to life in this enjoyable mystery.  A great new heroine gets involved in a murder and must rely on a love interest from her past, her training as a doctor as well as keep her wits.  This showcases the time of great industrial and social changes and medical breakthroughs.  More mysteries to come!


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What We Lose: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735221734
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

This is smart, beautiful and poignant.  It is outside-the-box in writing style but I found the short vignettes intricate to the feel….an intimate look at loss.  This reads like a memoir. 


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The Almost Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062105721
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 29th, 2018

Jackson’s books breach heavy subjects with quirky southern charm and humor.  I’ve liked all her books to date.  Here we have unplanned pregnancy, Alzheimer’s, racism, family issues and maybe a murder!  Easy weighty reading.


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Hum If You Don't Know the Words Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399575082
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 6th, 2018

This is such a wonderful story. I reread many of the beautiful passages; Marais’ language is perfect, rich, honest, and thoughtful with a bit of wit. This brilliantly shows Robin’s naïve experience of the effects of Apartheid in comparison to the wounded yet resilient perspective of Beauty, both affected by the mayhem of the time.  This book crawled in my skin and burrowed into my heart.  Highly recommended. 


The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501110474
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 11th, 2017

Hope, tragedy, love, war – all in different perspective of WWII.  Tanabe’s narrative seamlessly blends geographically distinctive settings, multiple viewpoints, and raw emotion in this cinematic epic.    Wonderful characterization. I loved it! Good if you liked The Invisible Bridge.  Good audio too.


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Cocoa Beach: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062404992
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 15th, 2018

A bit historical fiction, a bit mystery.  Filled with suspense and drama, this novel is full of blackmailers, liars, pretenders, bootleggers, and other criminals.  I was never quite sure who was good, or whom to trust.  Very entertaining. 


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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

This is smart sophisticated literature.  I found it best to take my time, research and reflect while reading.  Many memorable characters in the novel, but Count Rostov is one of the most exceptional to come along in some time.  I wish I knew him – he is intelligent, charming and kind.  This is a window-sized view of Russian history and is already a masterpiece. 


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Norse Mythology Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman (Read by)
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ISBN: 9780062663634
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Published: HarperAudio - February 7th, 2017

Great entertainment!

Great storytelling!

Great narrator (the author)!


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Crossing the Horizon: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160493
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Published: Gallery Books - June 27th, 2017

In the vein of Boys in the Boat - Crossing the Horizon follows 3 pioneer women aviators in the aviation craze in the late 1920’s.  I loved this! Elsie and Ruth are brave, spunky, and wonderful and Mabel adds some levity.  The author research is immense and she stays true to correct historical information in the fictional work.  The inclusion of historical photos is an especially nice touch. This soars!!


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Cooking for Picasso: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399177668
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 20th, 2017

Fun, easy read!  Picturesque France, romance, art, mystery and mouth-watering meals surround a Picasso painting.  A bit fantastical but in a lovely way.  Good relaxing read to escape with.


The Shadow Land: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345527868
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 11th, 2017

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The Stars Are Fire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806369
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Published: Vintage - March 27th, 2018

Anita Shreve’s books are always good stories about strong women who are confined by their time and circumstances.  Here Grace learns how to survive after a devastating fire that consumes a coastal Maine town.  Great characterization and excellent ending.  I found myself cheering for Grace the whole way.  One of her best.  Gook if you liked Light between Oceans.


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The One-in-a-Million Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544947214
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

Fantastic and heart-warming story.  Full of unlikely friendships, second chances, and warm characters.  This is a fun read especially if you liked Man Called Ove.


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Magpie Murders: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

Super fun Agatha Christie style mystery.  Horowitz both honors and pokes fun at the genre and cleverly weaves a book within a book.  Atticus is a Poirot-like sleuth in a dead authors series and Susan, his editor, uses similar detective techniques to investigate the murder.


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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

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The Alice Network: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062654199
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

A great easy-to-read historical fiction to get lost in.  The story is linked together over WWI and WWII.  Taken from real-life characters and little-known wartime glory and sacrifice.  I found it suspenseful, fun, heart-warming, and thoroughly charming.    


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The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208042
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018

As with previous Bellwether winners, all who tackle social issues, Ko skillfully writes of undocumented immigrants and their children.  Her storytelling is breathtaking, her characters very human with flaws.  They broke my heart, frustrated me and made me ponder.  I particularly appreciated the different point of views.  This is a moving, raw, honest read.  A novel of identity and what it means to be family.  Highly recommended. 


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Salt Houses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328915856
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2018

This is a multi-generation historical fiction at its best.  Salt Houses follows members of a displaced Palestinian family from 1967 to present day.  It is a family of strong characters, full of love but with some rough edges.  I found the writing expressive without being sentimental.  I appreciated the sense of place and how Alyan wove recent history subtlety into the story.  One of the best debuts of the year.   


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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
By Min Jin Lee, Allison Hiroto (Read by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781478967439
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 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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A Divided Spy: A Novel (Thomas Kell #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250025555
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 13th, 2018

With the feel of LaCarre Cumming’s spy novel is full of moral questions, suspense and good characters.  M-16, Russian spies, and terrorists collide in this fast-paced thriller.  It is the 3rd in the Thomas Kell series but it is not necessary to have read the previous books – fine stand alone.   Great audio too!


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American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400069026
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Published: Random House - October 4th, 2016

I so enjoyed this and learned much.  Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America.  White brings him to life in this comprehensive work.  We are reminded how fortunate we are that Grant so masterfully lead the nation during time of great strife.  Reminded me of what it means to be presidential. 


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It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128410
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Published: Penguin Books - November 8th, 2016

I’ll never look at a photo showing the horrors of war without thinking or the artists’ behind the lens, the perils they face and the dangers they encounter.  This is an eye-opening look at a photojournalist life both personal and professional.  Addario’s writing is clear and honest.  I was very impressed both with her life and her writing. 


Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
By George Saunders, George Saunders (Read by), Nick Offerman (Read by), David Sedaris (Read by), Carrie Brownstein (Read by), Don Cheadle (Read by), Lena Dunham (Read by), Bill Hader (Read by), Kirby Heyborne (Read by), Keegan-Michael Key (Read by), Julianne Moore (Read by), Megan Mullally (Read by), Susan Sarandon (Read by), Ben Stiller (Read by), Various (Read by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780553397574
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Published: Random House Audio - February 14th, 2017

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501154836
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2018

Great look at a Chinese ethnic minority and the tea industry.  As with See’s other books, Tea Girl is a captivating story of mothers and daughters, families, fate and love.  The second narrative of Haley, an adopted Chinese child, is cleverly done.  Loved the grandmother character – tons or heart! Best read with a cup of tea.


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All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
By Elan Mastai, Elan Mastai (Read by)
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ISBN: 9781524734688
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Published: Penguin Audio - February 7th, 2017

Vonnegut meets Back to the Future!  One of the best narrative voices I've read.  At times laugh out loud but also filled with smarts and heart.  Super enjoyable as an audio as well.   


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The Lost History of Stars: A Novel By The Author Of Guernica Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616204174
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 6th, 2017

A must read! From a forgotten time in history comes this inspiring story about finding strength and courage.  Lettie’s family is torn apart from each other and from their Boer homestead in South Africa.  Her spirit rings of Anne Frank and Boling’s writing is beautiful and well crafted.  I couldn’t put this down. 


The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544944831
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Published: Mariner Books - March 7th, 2017

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Music of the Ghosts: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795799
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Published: Atria Books - April 3rd, 2018

Two lives come together with a mysterious link from the past.  Horrors of the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia are the backdrop but it is foremost about survival and forgiveness.  Fabulous, poetic writing – this is a beautiful story! Good if you liked Art of Hearing Heartbeats or In the Shadow of the Banyan.  Hint: First, read the author’s note and the Historical Chronology from the back of the book. 


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The Orphan's Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778319818
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Published: Mira Books - February 21st, 2017

A unique story that weaves together the trials of people trying to survive WWII in a traveling circus.  The story arose from Jenoff’s research into the “unknown children” and circuses that protected Jews during the war.  This is heartbreaking yet memorable with good character development.  Good if you liked Water for Elephants or The Nightingale.


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A Great Reckoning: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #12) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781427274403
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Published: Macmillan Audio - August 30th, 2016

My first Chief Inspector Gamache story.  Although many characters must be from previous books I had no problem following along.  I found Gamache loyal, smart, and very likeable.  There’s murder, a mysterious map, complex histories of characters and corruption.  An intelligent character driven mystery.  Should be a PSB Masterpiece series. 


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A Fine Imitation: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101905135
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Published: Broadway Books - January 3rd, 2017

A quick, entertaining read with a bit of an art theme.  Good if you liked The Great Gatsby or A Certain Age.  Vera is Manhattan’s high society, but her life has many shortcoming.  This is full of scandal, deception, romance and secrets. 


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The Patriots: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385524421
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 17th, 2017

This is a serious, educational, insightful big book but worth your time investment.  Sometimes bleak The Patriots shows us the USSR and modern Russia through the eyes of American expatriate Florence, her son and grandson.  Florence is blinded by principles and pays for her mistakes as does her family – it is a cautionary tale in many ways.  Well-researched and well-written – I found the different narratives extremely well done.  The length and complexity give this a classic feel. 


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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781427274663
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Published: Macmillan Audio - November 22nd, 2016

As with his previous works Friedman’s prose is easy to understand and digest.  He clearly and concisely explains our quickly changing world focusing on technology, globalization, and climate change.  He emphases facts and realities and explains how we need to rethink our work, politics and communities.  I like Friedman’s writing and found the audio of this extremely informative and well done.  Major conclusion: Successful communities that are inclusive can make positive changes that will be global and serve the world as a whole. 


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The Fire by Night: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062459114
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 3rd, 2017

Sacrifice and survival on both theaters of WWII told thru the perspective of two nurses.  A bit gritty, well crafted, strong character development and great sense of time and place.  Illuminates the lives of women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.   Will please readers who love war time stories.  Good if you liked The Nightingale. 


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Moonglow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062225566
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 19th, 2017

Fictional Biography? Autobiographic novel? Whatever it is – it’s literary genius.  Whatever genre it exudes love and the prose is brilliant.  Chabon takes us on a rocket ship metaphorical exploration of his family. (Maybe). His grandfather, a man who wore many hats, fills each page with exuberance, goodness and wonder.  Just reading the introduction will suck you in!      


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To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250138774
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 31st, 2017

An intelligent romance set around the construction of the Eiffel Tower.  The hopeful love affair of Scottish Cait and French architect Emile goes against the 1880’s structures of societies.  Has great feel of time and place.  This quiet novel soars above Paris and I couldn’t help but be captured. 


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News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

Beautiful concise writing in this slim gem of a book.  Two wonderful characters with a unique relationship.  This is a story about Home and Family - what our hearts recognize as home, who our hearts recognize as family.  Just a magnificent story!


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Swimming Lessons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040935
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Published: Tin House Books - January 9th, 2018

A compelling and amazing exploration of a troubled relationship and a family in turmoil.  Letters, written by the missing wife, are cleverly woven into the chapters and add great complexity to the story.  Good if you like contemporary family dramas. 


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Leopard at the Door Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735210387
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 3rd, 2017

Brew up a pot of African rooibos and get ready for a GREAT journey.  Exquisite writing that intertwines Rachel’s coming-of-age story with the essence of Kenya at a time of dramatic change.  LOVED IT!


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A Piece of the World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062356277
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

Inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting, Christina’s World, Kline imagines the life of the woman behind the image.  This is a contemplative story with beautiful writing.  Examines a hardscrabble farm life and relationships. 


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The Tea Planter's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495983
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Published: Broadway Books - June 20th, 2017

An easy escape book filled with romance, intrigue and the lush landscape of Ceylon.  Love, jealousy, and guilt are themes throughout.  Good if your liked the Memory Keepers Daughter and period romance stories.    


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Setting Free the Kites Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399576485
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

Make room on your shelves next to John Irving for this extremely talented storyteller.  Terrific book about how friendships change your life.  It’s also a story about fear and bravery, love and loss and children’s realization that parents have flaws just like everyone.  I was reminded of Garp and Owen Meany.  Hollis gives you someone to dislike and Nathan is someone you’d like to call a friend.  Outstanding!    


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Swing Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735205611
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Published: Penguin Audio - November 22nd, 2016

A mishmash of modern culture and timeless themes: identity, friendship and family.  Fans of Elana Ferrante will note how friendships change, admirers of Jojo Moyos will appreciate the Madonna-type character and English flare, and lovers of Chimananda Ngozi Adichie will recognize race issues and perspective.     


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LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062277039
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

Like Erdrich’s early work this brilliant work explores American Indian folklore and family Dynamics.  A horrific accident strains relationships and changes the course of many lives.  Shows that heroes can come in small packages.  I found this rich in sentiment with themes of grief, redemption and forgiveness.


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The Magdalen Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496706126
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Published: Kensington - December 27th, 2016

Being sent to the Magdalen laundries in 1960 Ireland for being too pretty or for other such “sins” is the backdrop of this engaging story of three girls.  It is easy to share in their outrage and sense of powerlessness at their oppressed life at the nunnery.  Based on true events.


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The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563675
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

Will be at the top of my 2017 list of great books.  This is a WWII novel, but it is not about Nazis or concentration camps.  It is a novel about Germans who couldn’t believe what they were seeing, who endured hardships and watched their families disappear.  Shattuck shows us this unique point of view through three German women of differing backgrounds.  Her prose is wonderful and the variance in voice is outstanding.  I found this moving, engaging and recent parallels chilling and thought provoking. 


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The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563675
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

Outstanding writing and strong concept.  I found the historical liberties smart and interesting and my attachment with Cora intense.  This is a searing account of American racism set against the backdrop of pre-civil war. 


Today Will Be Different Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316403450
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2017

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The Risen: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062436320
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Published: Ecco - July 25th, 2017

The epitaph “And after that the punishment began” is a clue for what you are in for.  Family secrets, sibling rivalry, choices that shape a life.  Like Ron Rash’s earlier books this is a bit sinister, a page turner, highly literary and this has lots of literary references.  Good if you liked Serena or Heading out to Wonderful.


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Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307948786
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Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017

Candice Millard again does an incredible job taking a slice of history, filling in enough detail to give the reader what they need to know to understand the significance of the moment.  If you don’t know much about Churchill this is a great place to start; if you have some knowledge you’ll find bits of information you didn’t know.  Millard writing is so fluid I was flipping pages like a novel.  As Churchill’s life-long friend, Paula Plowder said, “The first time you meet Winston you see his faults and the rest of your life you spend in discovering his virtues. 


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Faithful: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476799223
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 1st, 2017

A great story for young women or anyone wanting a thoughtful, emotional contemporary journey.  I was sucked in immediately, was rooting for Shelby to overcome her grief and for her to live life. Relationships are key in this journey and as usual Hoffman delivers characters you care about.  Shows what it means to love and how surviving can be living.  Great get-away read!   


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Commonwealth: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

Drawing from personal experiences Patchett delivers her best book to date.  She show us the complexities and evolution of a family – what ties us together and pushes us apart.  I was immersed in the well-drawn, believable characters.  Reminded me a bit of a Jonathan Franzen book... but I found Commonwealth more likeable.   This is a fascinating portrait of family and of life.  Great literary fiction and good for book clubs.  Excellent audio too! 


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The Golden Age: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Europa Editions - August 16th, 2016

Short in words but big in scope and heart.  Joan London's writing is clear, fresh and not sentimental.  This has the feel of a classic.  Good choice if you liked Atonement or Illusion of Separateness. 


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The German Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501121234
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Published: Washington Square Press - August 8th, 2017

This debut novel brings another little-known slice of WWII to light and shares an interesting view of Havana before and during the revolution.  GREAT young characters – I found Hannah and Leo’s portion particularly unforgettable and Anna’s segments reminded me a bit of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  This is for lovers of Sarah’s Key and All the Light You cannot See. Highly recommended!


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And After the Fire: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

Belfer creates historical realism and accuracy and cleverly uses hidden music of Bach to create personal connections from the 1700’s to present.  I thought the history was excellent and the characters likeable in this easy-to-read story.  The cantata is an excellent character all in its own.  Enjoy with classical music.    


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A House Without Windows: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 16th, 2017

In the spirit of A Thousand Splendid Suns and Hashimi’s previous books, House without Windows richly bring the plight of women in Afghanistan and human-rights issues to light.  I love books that transport me to other places and cultures.  I found this engaging and moving. 


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ISBN: 9780735210387
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 3rd, 2017

Brew up a pot of African rooibos and get ready for a GREAT journey.  Exquisite writing that intertwines Rachel’s coming-of-age story with the essence of Kenya at a time of dramatic change.  LOVED IT!


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The Other Einstein Cover Image
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 29th, 2017

When women were ridiculed for their intelligence Mileva Maric fought for her education and excelled.  An engaging exploration of Albert Einstein’s first wife and her possible scientific contributions. Very well done.  


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Behold the Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 26th, 2017

A compelling debut in the vein of Americanah.  An immigrant and Wall Street crisis story and a look at hearts divided.  It’s an easy read but has a heavy dose of reality and the difficulties that may be encountered by those who come looking for a better life in America and those here with “it all”.  It will make you look at our World through a new eye.


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Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 7th, 2017

Backman’s books start off subtle but progress in bursts of quirkiness, heart and life.  Britt-Marie is thoroughly enjoyable – like having a delicious latte or discovering something new about a friend. A book of unlikely friendships and belonging


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The Muse: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - May 16th, 2017

Entertaining art mystery with parallel stories – 1960’s London with racial issues and 1930 Spain on the cusp of civil war.  Good female characters and engaging plot.  The artistic spirit and the ability to translate that spirit into art is core to The Muse.      


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Glory over Everything Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - February 21st, 2017

Unputdownable!  An engaging cast of characters – some you will know from Grisson’s first book The Kitchen House.  This focuses on not only race, slavery and the Underground Railroad but also on family ties and how one’s upbringing continues to influence us.  Loved it!


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Published: Disney-Hyperion - December 6th, 2016

The Fireman Cover Image
By Joe Hill, Kate Mulgrew (Read by)
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ISBN: 9780062443786
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Published: HarperAudio - May 17th, 2016

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

WOW! This is a complex and brilliant work of literature.  I learned much and questioned more.  A timely and important book – a look at the complexities of war and war crimes.  This is a “thinking book” that will open your eyes and in my mind is an instant classic.


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Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo Cover Image
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Published: Arcade - June 19th, 2018

Renaissance Florence is brought to life in this engaging story of Leonardo de Vinci and Michaelangelo.  Full of an all-star cast of characters.  I loved the author’s clear passion and knowledge of the world of fine art.  The book has romance, ambition, and consistent action. It's a great way to study history or to just get lost in a good story.


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Published: Mulholland Books - July 18th, 2017

A chilling alternative-reality story that is brilliant!  Part classic spy, part what if?  Great complicated character that kept me wondering the whole way through.  Thought provoking on how slavery in this country was in the past, but also the repercussions and ramifications we face in both our reality and that of the story.  Very good and different!


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A Certain Age: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 3rd, 2017

Family secrets. Unsolved murders. Discreet affairs. Steamy romances. This will transport you to the roaring 20’s and lives full of glitz and glamour.  A bit like The Great Gatsby.   Deliciously scandalous – I couldn’t put it down. 


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Enchanted Islands Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - April 18th, 2017

Part memoir, part historical fiction with a bit of a spy story thrown in.  Fun, entertaining read with good relationships between characters. As enchanting as the Islands they inhabit.    


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The Light of Paris Cover Image
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 4th, 2017

An enjoyable easy read about accepting who you are and the courage to change.  Sweeping time periods granddaughter and grandmother live under the expectations of their families.  Their lives are plausible and engaging.  A good vacation read and good if you like Jojo Moyes. 


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Redemption Road: A Novel Cover Image
By John Hart, Scott Shepherd (Read by)
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ISBN: 9781427275738
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Published: Macmillan Audio - May 3rd, 2016

A cross between early Grisham and Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.  Great edge-of-your-seat storytelling.  Dark, wounded and complex character.  Need a creepy dark thriller?  This is a great one!

 


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Homegoing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Definitely will be one on the best books of 2016.  A multi-generation novel with parallel stories. Ghanaian half-sisters and their descents navigate through pivotal historical moments, both African and American.  I loved the thread of connection throughout the book and how Gyasi ties up each character’s life in the next generation is masterful.  This has great flow – I couldn’t put it down.  


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Published: Washington Square Press - December 27th, 2016

Three people searching for solace and new beginnings collide in post-war coastal Australia.  This is a gentle lyrical novel that meanders along as it looks at love, grief and loss.  Beautifully written and many times I paused to take in the poetic writing.  Highly recommended.      


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Leaving Lucy Pear: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2017

Two very different women, both mothers to Lucy, are beautifully rendered in this 1920’s New England novel.  I enjoyed the time period and the complex relationship between these two women.  Has a great first chapter and Lucy is wonderful.  It is an emotionally engaging novel about devastating choices and the unexpected consequences they bring.  


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When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by), Sunil Malhotra (Read by), Cassandra Campbell (Read by)
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Published: Random House Audio - February 16th, 2016

Another important book about life - both the living of it and the dying.  In a similiar vein as Atul Gawande's, Anne Lamott's and Randy Pausch's thought provoking and insightful works.  Kalanithi is a wonderful writer and a bit of a philosopher.  


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Everyone Brave is Forgiven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501124389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 7th, 2017

Inspired by his grandparents Cleave writes a wonderful unsentimental WWII story with a plausible love-triangle.  This is an honest look at how war changes a country’s landscape and its people.  Great characters and excellent ending.  Highly recommended!


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The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel Cover Image
By Yann Martel, Mark Bramhall (Read by)
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Published: Random House Audio - February 2nd, 2016

Suffering and loss and questions of faith and love are explored in this novel - which is really three interwoven novellas set decades apart. He's best book since Life of Pi.  


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The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

What are you willing to sacrifice for love?  Meridian comes of age in this scientific love story set mostly in New Mexico during the atomic age.  I found the writing descriptive and refreshing.  An elegant look into the evolution of a woman.   Good if you liked The Signature of All Things and great for book clubs.  


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A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553394399
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Published: Vintage - April 26th, 2016

Vintage Tyler.  As always Tyler writes with honest prose and provides a thoughtful look at family and marriage.  It is great how she makes a house a character.  I loved the flashbacks that revealed secrets, rivalries, and love


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Circling the Sun: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345534200
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2016

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


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The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

One of the few books I have read twice and one of my favorite contemporary authors. So well written and great connection of characters.  I loved that the idea came from the author's family history. Should be read carefully and with reflection - the reward is great. Good choice if you liked The History of Love.   


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Free Men: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017

Three interesting and very diverse narrators carried me along on their journey.  Based on true events this post-Revolutionary tale explores an interesting time and place.   Good character development with back stories – I really liked the flow of the story.  This is intimate in its telling of human nature but big in scope.  It explores the freedom of the individual and justice in society.  Good if your liked Good Lord Bird or Cormac McCarthy.  


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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206017
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 31st, 2016

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


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The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

What are you willing to sacrifice for love?  Meridian comes of age in this scientific love story set mostly in New Mexico during the atomic age.  I found the writing descriptive and refreshing.  An elegant look into the evolution of a woman.   Good if you liked The Signature of All Things and great for book clubs.  


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300 Days of Sun: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062390165
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 12th, 2016

A great escape book with a little suspense, complex relationships, and a lush setting.  I found the story within the book intriguing.  If you are looking for a book with a captivating storyline, a little bit of mystery and a breath of historical fact, I would highly recommend 300 Days of Sun.  Good if you liked Orphan Train or Beautiful Ruins.  


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The Marriage of Opposites Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451693607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

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


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Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476798189
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

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


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At the Edge of the Orchard: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110972
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2017

This is a story about family, sacrifice, determination and the need to set down roots.  I appreciated the research, the attention to detail, the exquisite writing, and the inclusion of real-life historical figures.  The trees and landscape are metaphors that reflect the lives of the characters.  This is a bit of a grim tale but amid the doom there is the tiniest glimmer of hope – a sense that those sequoia seedlings might take root and begin anew. 


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Lily and the Octopus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126239
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 30th, 2017

If you liked the voice of The Art of Racing in the Rain and the magical spirit of Life of Pi pick up this charming debut.  It’s a simple story told in endearing, whimsical and witty prose.  Rowley’s writing is smart, hilarious and his perception on life and love rings true.  


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The Travelers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385348508
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Published: Broadway Books - January 10th, 2017

Be prepared to stay up late – this is a page turner.  Lots of twists and turns with a plot that slowly unveils to the reader and the main character simultaneously.  Is anyone who they say they are? Lots of fun!


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The Incarnations: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Touchstone - May 3rd, 2016

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


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Girl at War: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812986396
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2016

The first paragraph hooked me.  Pitch-perfect debut novel - an inside look at the Yugoslavian Civil War and its aftermath from the perspective of a young girl caught up in the fighting.  Novic brings a strong perspective and voice to a subject that is serious and important while resisting the temptation to make it sentimental. Couldn’t put it down. Good if you like The Constellation of Vital Phenomena.


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ISBN: 9781101872741
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

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


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The Opposite of Everyone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062105691
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 11th, 2016

An entertaining read with some sass.  Paula’s life has been anything but conventional and I couldn’t stop cheering for her.  Her touch-as-nails persona gets turned upside down when a secret reveals itself.  A bit of Hindu mythology ties the story together well.  A story of connections and how choices define us.  


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Americanah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

One of the best books of the year!  Adichie, born in Nigeria, proves it sometimes takes a newcomer to show Americans to ourselves.  A story that filled me with awe and wonder.  It is a love story, where the love is beautiful then tried, beaten, stretched and yet it endures.  It’s a story of immigration and emigration, the politics of natural hair, interracial relationships, what it means to leave home, and what it means to return.  Highly recommended.


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The Versions of Us Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

This is a smart contemporary romance that is intimate yet grand in scope.  It is an ambitious work that will keep you reading late into the night and keep you on your toes.  Good if you liked Life after Life.  


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Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812981865
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 17th, 2017

This historical novel will open windows into the unusual and full life of Georgia O'Keeffe.  Tripp expertly depicts Georgia's trials and joys, her intensity and creativity as well as the modernizing of America and modern American art.  As beautiful as a O'Keeffe painting.  


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The Illegal: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393353686
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 31st, 2017

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


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Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062315427
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 25th, 2016

I love Winchester’s inquisitive mind and his concise easy-to-read writing.    He examines 10 events since 1950 that have shaped our World.  He explains the Pacific region’s influence, and how East meets West.    A superb analysis of this world wonder.  Excellent audio too!


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Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062356437
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 29th, 2015

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


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A Man Called Ove: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

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


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A Little Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

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


The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel Cover Image
By Nina George, Steve West (Read by), Emma Bering (Read by), Cassandra Campbell (Read by)
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ISBN: 9781101889817
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Published: Random House Audio - June 23rd, 2015

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Fates and Furies: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

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


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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 5th, 2016

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


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The Japanese Lover: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501116995
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2016

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


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Cover Image
By Erik Larson, Scott Brick (Read by)
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Published: Random House Audio - March 10th, 2015

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All the Stars in the Heavens: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062319203
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - July 26th, 2016

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


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

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The Rocks: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101983393
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 31st, 2016

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


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Orphan #8: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062338303
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 4th, 2015

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A God in Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316176507
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 12th, 2016

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


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Flight Behavior Low Price CD Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062286246
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Published: HarperAudio - November 5th, 2013

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Published: Avery - October 4th, 2016

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


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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2016

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


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The Light of the World: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Biography Finalist) Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 6th, 2016

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


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The Incarnations: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Touchstone - May 3rd, 2016

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


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Go Set a Watchman: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper - July 14th, 2015

Karin: 

Read it because it is better than the controversy.

Read it because you know the characters.

Read it because you know you want to.

Read it because it’s good!

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


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Published: Random House Audio - October 8th, 2013

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


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The Truth According to Us: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 14th, 2016

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


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ISBN: 9781616200152
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 11th, 2011

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


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Lisette's List: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 23rd, 2015

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


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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 5th, 2016

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


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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - May 26th, 2015

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


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A Land More Kind Than Home: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 22nd, 2013

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


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The Nightingale: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 25th, 2017

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


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The Bookseller: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2016

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


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The Swimmer: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 16th, 2016

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


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White Dog Fell from the Sky: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

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


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Serena: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2009

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


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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

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


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The High Divide: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 12th, 2015

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


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Fourth of July Creek: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - March 10th, 2015

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


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War of the Whales: A True Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451645026
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2015

 

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


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How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 30th, 2015

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


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The Painter (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

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


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China Dolls: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 3rd, 2015

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


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Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633812
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 21st, 2015

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


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Lucky Us: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 7th, 2015

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


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Published: Vintage - January 7th, 2014

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


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Dollbaby: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143127499
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2015

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


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Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345516541
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 23rd, 2014

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


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Bold: A Cookbook of Big Flavors  Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761139614
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - December 3rd, 2013

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


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The Wind Is Not a River: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062279989
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Published: Ecco - September 2nd, 2014

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


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Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - January 6th, 2015

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


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The Invention of Wings: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

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


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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

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


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The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062079619
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 16th, 2014

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


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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

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


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The Cartographer of No Man's Land: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Liveright - June 2nd, 2014

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


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Snow Hunters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476714820
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 19th, 2014

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


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Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 24th, 2014

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


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

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


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The Light in the Ruins (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

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


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And the Mountains Echoed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594632389
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

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


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Life After Life: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

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


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

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


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The Son Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - January 28th, 2014

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


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

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


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The Silver Star: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451661545
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Published: Scribner - June 3rd, 2014

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


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The Painted Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594632297
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

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


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ISBN: 9780316228589
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 23rd, 2013

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


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Running the Rift: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616201944
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2012

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


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The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

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