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Mary likes fiction. Mary will never have time in her life to read all the fiction she would like to read.

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Zevin combines culture, arts, & literature in the world of game design to tell an outstanding story of friendship that was clever & powerful with many wow moments.


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Yellowface: A Reese's Book Club Pick By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

I enjoyed Kuang's satirical takedown of the world of publishing, young authors, cultural appropriation, pressures of creativity, commercialization of art, cancel culture, & the power of social media.


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I Have Some Questions for You: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593490167
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Published: Penguin Books - February 20th, 2024

Bodie Kane has returned to her New Hampshire boarding school campus to teach a podcast class 20+ years after her graduation.  In a compulsively readable story, she poses questions pertaining to the murder of her classmate & former roommate. Her flashbacks, speculations, and current timeline are all equally engaging.


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Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Ann Napolitano Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593243732
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Published: The Dial Press - March 14th, 2023

This book will resonate with you if you belong to a large family, or if you ever wished you were surrounded by siblings. If Little Women is one of your favorite books, there is a very good chance you will enjoy this story of the very connected Padavano sisters.  Truly Beautiful.


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Hourglass By Keiran Goddard Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781609458171
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Published: Europa Editions - February 14th, 2023

Wow! Spending a few hours reading this book is time well spent. Love, in all its forms, is described with such emotional depth and humor. 


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Less Is Lost (The Arthur Less Books #2) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316498913
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2023

The beloved Arthur Less from Andrew Sean Greer’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less is back! He will charm you in his enduring humorous ways as he travels cross country to author-related events in the U.S. To quote Less quoting Meriwether Lewis, “I should be extremely happy in your company.” It is a delightful journey of laugh-out loud moments sprinkled between witty observations. Totally worth the ride.


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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel (The Arthur Less Books #1) By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

I quoted this book nonstop!  It made me laugh and was so well-written.  I wanted more!


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The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

In the '60's four young siblings visit a psychic who tells each of them the day they will die.  Would you live your life differently if you knew the date of your death?  Would you want to know?  Free will or fate?  These and other questions are surrounded by beautiful writing that keeps you turning the pages to find the answers.


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Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062913517
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Published: Ecco - August 1st, 2023

If you enjoyed Wilson's Family Fang, you'll be happy to know that this book returns to the same type of themes. In 1996, 2 quiet teens start hanging out & anonymously hanging their handmade poster around town. It soon takes on a life of its own exploding into a public art project that sparks a pop culture movement that reverberates for many years.


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Pretty Things: A Novel By Janelle Brown Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780525479178
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 6th, 2021

This well-written suspense novel uses multiple narrators to keep the story of deceit in the Lake Tahoe setting moving at a page-turning quick pace.  Just the distraction I needed!

 


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The Family Remains: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982178901
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2023

This is a sequel to the Family Upstairs that is just as satisfying.  The setting is London, Nice, & Chicago and centers on the investigation of two murders with all the characters from the original story.


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The Family Upstairs: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501190117
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Published: Atria Books - June 2nd, 2020

The settings of this story - taking place in Nice and London - will provide as much escape as the many surprises within the fast-paced plot. 


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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Atria Books - July 6th, 2021

I had Stockholm Syndrome upon reading this book. Being held hostage with these characters was the perfect escape. Laugh, cry, laugh, cry...

 


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We Are the Brennans: A Novel By Tracey Lange Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250796219
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Published: Celadon Books - June 14th, 2022

Told in alternating voices by the members of a close Irish family, this is a story of love, loyalties, & secrets.  Set in New York and the family-run tavern. 


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The Postscript Murders: A Mystery By Elly Griffiths Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358695226
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Published: Mariner Books - April 5th, 2022

What I liked about this book:

- The mystery writers' world in which it takes place.

- The English seaside & Scotland settings.

- The clever plotting & characters.

- The literary humor.


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Damnation Spring By Ash Davidson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982144418
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

Ash Davidson has written an authentic story of the Northwest.  When a community in the Redwoods struggles in the '70s to make a living as loggers while being challenged by conservationists, they will confront the local water pollution's effects on their families.  A profound story that will stay with you long after the last page.


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Apples Never Fall By Liane Moriarty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250220271
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - July 19th, 2022

This is an enticing story told from multiple perspectives back and forth when a stranger comes to town & a year later when someone goes missing in a large tennis-playing family.


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Five Tuesdays in Winter By Lily King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802159496
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Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

Relationships are the heart of this collection of short stories.  Lily King's honest voice makes you feel you know these characters immediately.  She does it with such finesse.  I will read anything she writes!


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What We Were Promised By Lucy Tan Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316437196
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 6th, 2019

This beautifully constructed story is about a sense of place within a country, city, family, and most importantly, a sense of place within one's self. I so enjoyed reading my colleague Lucy's book and learning about Chinese culture and Shanghai. I look forward to reading whatever she writes next!


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Joan Is Okay: A Novel By Weike Wang Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525563952
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 7th, 2023

This little book (weighing just under 1 lb.) blew me away.  Joan's observations as an ICU doctor & introvert are honest & humorous.  Joan is more than okay!


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Happy for You: A Novel By Claire Stanford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593298282
Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2023

This is a story that focuses on identity.  Evelyn is a character who spends her time immersed in the philosophy of what we define as happiness.  Evelyn is so enduring & honest, I enjoyed looking at the world from her point of view.


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Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250182555
Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018

Khong's character Ruth is quirky and philosophical.  This young talented author possesses the ability to regularly make me laugh or cry in three short sentences.


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Dear Edward: A Novel By Ann Napolitano Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984854803
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - February 2nd, 2021

This book is about humanity - how we live, how we die, and most importantly when we suffer, how we survive. 


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Vigil Harbor: A Novel By Julia Glass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101873588
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Published: Anchor - April 25th, 2023

This book takes place about 10 years in the future. Glass examines changes in our world and the small community of Vigil Harbor on the Coast of Massachusetts & NYC. Filled with art, architecture, education, language, environmentalism, activism, & folklore.


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Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau By Ben Shattuck Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

This book is for anyone who enjoys long walks, nature, human interactions, & reflections.  Shattuck's personal journey & illustrations read like a current day Thoreau.