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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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Weather (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jenny Offill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345806901
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Published: Vintage - January 19th, 2021

Quality vs quantity in a book that ponders a multitude of topics in a precise manner. Offill is a writer we are fortunate to experience. 200 pages, 6 short chapters = ideal for one weekend read. 


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Year of the Monkey By Patti Smith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984898920
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2020

Reading this made me want to grab a camera and a journal and go on a journey. Patti Smith pays attention to the little and big things. 


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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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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
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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
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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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The Great Believers: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

This book might break your heart as it beautifully tells a story of AIDS in the 1980's in Chicago but it will also make you reflective on close relationships and what it means to be a family.  Throw in art and Paris to balance it all out.


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Watch Me Disappear: A Novel By Janelle Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812989489
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Published: Random House - May 8th, 2018

The fog in this San Francisco area based story draws a perfect parallel to the question of how well we know the other members of our family.  Brown draws you in as you slowly discover the truth regarding the disappearance of the wife/mom in her creative fictional tale.


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Arcadia: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316434706
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Published: Hachette Books - July 13th, 2016

Bit is born to idealist parents as they become founding members of a commune in the 70's. His observations throughout his life are gorgeous.


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Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story By Chuck Klosterman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743264464
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Published: Scribner - June 13th, 2006

A must read for lovers of music, road trips, or just anyone who has obsessed over relationships! I should have read this ten years ago!


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

Alternating in time 150 years apart, the main characters inhabit a once utopian village in New Jersey. Kingsolver employs her usual stellar science expertise in this tale of academia and friendship.


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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel By Myla Goldberg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501197857
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Published: Scribner - February 18th, 2020

Goldberg masterfully uses words to provide snapshots of a photographer's life in this compelling novel. 


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The Family Upstairs: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
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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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Did You Ever Have a Family By Bill Clegg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476798189
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

This is such a profound novel written in alternating various voices which are connected via a shared event.  So moving and redemptive.


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Monogamy: A Novel By Sue Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062969668
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021

Graham and Annie are that fun couple everyone enjoys who host dinner parties in their charming home. He is the owner of a bookstore in Cambridge and she is a photographer. Watch Annie find her way back after loss. 


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All Adults Here: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634703
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 13th, 2021

Fellow bookseller Straub, of Books Are Magic, works her own magic writing a pitch-perfect family novel. Her characters are engaging in all their ways and interactions. 


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Pretty Things: A Novel By Janelle Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525479178
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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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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - 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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Grown Ups: A Novel By Emma Jane Unsworth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982141943
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - February 2nd, 2021

Jenny is an enduring character.  As she navigates what it means to be a grown-up she juggles relationships, a job as a writer, and her online image.  A mix of Bridget Jones & Fleabag.


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Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

Casey has had a few setbacks including the devastating recent loss of her mother. Her writing life, while living in a tiny rental in Cambridge MA, while also supporting herself as a waitress, is compromised, but you will cheer her on! 

 



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Mary Jane: A Novel By Jessica Anya Blau Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063052307
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Published: Mariner Books - April 5th, 2022

Sometimes you need a happy ending ~ this was a trip to Baltimore in the 1970's with music throughout.  A coming-of-age story that was simply enjoyable.


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Animal: A Novel By Lisa Taddeo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982122133
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 31st, 2022

Taddeo has followed up her nonfiction Three Women with one very complex woman in this powerful novel that is compulsively readable but intense with a LA setting that adds to the feeling of heat & oppression.  Many sentences are made for sharing ~ so much truth in so few words.


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The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984820747
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 3rd, 2022

This book combines the love of language, origins of words, the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, history, and women's place in it for a story to savor.


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Good Company: A Novel By Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062876010
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Published: Ecco - March 29th, 2022

This is the story of two families of actors and their friendships over the years in NY & LA. It explores loyalties, growth, and change while giving the feeling of watching a play unfold.


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Ghosts: A novel By Dolly Alderton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593313978
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Published: Vintage - July 5th, 2022

Spend a year with this charming character, Nina Dean, as she navigates her 32nd year with humor and perseverance.  I enjoyed this book so much!


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Wayward: A novel By Dana Spiotta Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593312490
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Published: Vintage - June 21st, 2022

This is about awareness and one woman's story of fleeing a portion of her life that isn't fulfilling her quest to embrace the ideals that she is passionate about in her 53-year-old coming-of-age story.  It's about mothers & daughters and waking up.


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The Plot: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250790750
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Published: Celadon Books - May 3rd, 2022

The story of a story that will keep you guessing.  Enjoy Seattle's "cameo" appearance in this novel novel that explores the world of writing & writers.


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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 By Elly Griffiths Cover Image
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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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Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250859044
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Published: Picador - June 7th, 2022

As always, I so enjoyed spending hours immersed in Rooney's beautiful world of richly described rooms, detailed gestures, and intimate conversations.


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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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Happy Hour: A Novel By Marlowe Granados Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781839764011
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 7th, 2021

Contained within this small jewel of a book are the daily journal entries written over the course of a summer in NYC.  Isa & her friend Gala, both 21, are living close to the edge while they navigate their way both as friends & individuals.  The chapter describing Isa's grief over losing her mother stays with me.


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L.A. Weather: A Novel By María Amparo Escandón Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250802569
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 7th, 2021

This L.A. family weathers all types of changes and drama through supporting one another.  An enjoyable and readable story!


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My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 11th, 2016

Strout's talent has always been her ability to convey multitudes in a simple paragraph.  Lucy Barton starts here & continues in "Oh William!" 


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Oh William!: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812989441
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 26th, 2022

This novel, a continuation of My Name Is Lucy Barton, is about where we come from and how we leave it behind.  And, it's about how some relationships stay with us always.  Simply beautiful!


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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735222359
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Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

In Amor Towles' novel about youth & forward motion, which contrasts to his Gentleman in Moscow, 8-year-old Billy is the hero of a story about stories that take you to the heart of 1954 Americana traveling to New York.  The stories found within are a wonderful part of the journey.


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Crossroads: A Novel By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374181178
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

I loved this introduction (or re-introduction) to the early 1970's which places the reader in the middle of all the changes the decade brought.  Franzen's novel (the first in a trilogy) also introduces a family of a minister while they each explore their faith and personal beliefs.


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The Sentence By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

Bookseller Tookie is a character you will root for while you spend a year (November 2019 - November 2020) with her and her bookseller friends & family. A special bonus: the author uses her own independent bookshop in Minneapolis as the setting which provides an authentic feeling.


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I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness: A Novel By Claire Vaye Watkins Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593330210
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 5th, 2021

Brutally honest auto-fiction.  Many WOW moments.  Powerfully poetic!


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Violeta [English Edition]: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593496206
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 25th, 2022

Violeta is a powerful woman whose strength seems to mirror Allende's.  In her trademark narrative in the form of a letter to a loved one, Allende covers 100 years of history (1920-2020).  I learned so much!


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Five Tuesdays in Winter By Lily King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158765
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Published: Grove Press - November 9th, 2021

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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Joan Is Okay: A Novel By Weike Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525654834
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Published: Random House - January 18th, 2022

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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Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593420492
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2022

There are so many jewels within this book that I want to place it gently in the hands of every bibliophile I meet.  Do you love books?  Claire-Louise Bennett so obviously does and this is her gift to the reader.


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Groundskeeping: A novel By Lee Cole Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593320501
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Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022

Cole's debut novel captures Kentucky so well and with descriptive writing that played well with the two main characters' occupations as writers. Many memorable moments and an authentic sense of place and one's place within a family.


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The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476716763
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

Can you win the Pulitzer twice?  In this perfect companion novel to A Visit from the Goon Squad, Egan is certainly worthy!  She's done it again with a clever & compelling character-driven commentary of our world.  I loved this book!


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A Visit from the Goon Squad By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

Rarely do I love a book so much that I read it twice. This is that book! Egan's book about multiple characters and their connections to the music industry is worthy of all the praise. Ideal to read in concert with her recently released The Candy House.;


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Happy for You: A Novel By Claire Stanford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593298268
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Published: Viking - April 19th, 2022

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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I'll Be You: A Novel By Janelle Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525479185
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Published: Random House - April 26th, 2022

I make it a point to read everything Janelle Brown writes.  This fast-paced story of twin sisters and their connections was filled with plot twists.  It is told in two parts from each sisters P.O.V.


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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

This is a gorgeous father/daughter story about choices we make and what we would change if we could travel back in time.  Straub highlights relationships & fate (two of my favorite topics) in this readable & enjoyable novel.


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Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau By Ben Shattuck Cover Image
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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.


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The Latecomer: A Novel By Jean Hanff Korelitz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250790798
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Published: Celadon Books - May 31st, 2022

While first and foremost this is a story about family, it is about so much more:  art, Brooklyn, New York history, education, beliefs, grief, and growth.  Outstanding!


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Vigil Harbor: A Novel By Julia Glass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101870389
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Published: Pantheon - May 3rd, 2022

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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Grown Ups By Marie Aubert, Rosie Hedger (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marie Aubert, Rosie Hedger (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782277088
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Published: Pushkin Press - June 21st, 2022

I felt like I was at Ida's family cabin for a summer weekend while reading about memories, relationships between sisters, mothers & daughters, and aging.  Translated from Norwegian, this little book covers universal themes.


Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
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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.