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

The Women by Kristin Hannah   Strong research blends with human compassion and passion to create this memorable novel set during the turbulent Viet Nam era.  Hannah doesn't shy away from the dark sides of war nor does she sentimentalize the heroism of those women who served in combat areas. This book straddles the anger and the frustration of the times. I wore my POW bracelet for many years but have lost it and have forgotten his name, so I am quite humbled by her final words in her Acknowledgements in which she pays tribute to the Air Force pilot whose name was on her POW bracelet. The story is gripping; I couldn't put it down.


West with Giraffes By Lynda Rutledge Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781542023344
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - February 1st, 2021

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Slow Horses (Deluxe Edition) (Slough House #1) By Mick Herron Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641292979
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Published: Soho Crime - November 24th, 2020

What a fun spy series!  I confess that we watched the first one and I wasn't thrilled despite the excellent acting, but reading it... oh such great language!  Thrilling plot, biting sarcasm, appealing spies who've been labeled as incompetents and hung out to dry as "slow horses" in the race to protect Britain - what's not to love?!  These "slow horses" get the job down, though, albeit while stumbling and fumbling.  I've also listened to one in the series through Libro.fm, and I prefer reading so that I can easily follow Herron's quick scene changes and spend time with his extended metaphors and subtle descriptions.   


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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age By Mary Pipher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632869616
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The women who read Reviving Ophelia when our daughters were growing up are ready for this goody from Pipher, written just for us as we navigate these next phases of our lives.  We deserve - we need - to focus on ourselves without too much naval-gazing.  Pipher threads that needle well with vignettes and reflection.  


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The Poet X By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

I like books with settings that introduce me to places and situations unfamiliar to my daily life.  Set in NYC, the lives of these characters are certainly different, but their struggles as young people and families are not.  Wonderfully written in verse, Acevedo has a created a story that had me hooked from the first word to the last.  


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Clap When You Land By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
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Published: Quill Tree Books - July 5th, 2022

The lives or two young women are intertwined in this beautifully written powerful coming-of-age story.  Acevedo is one of a few recent authors who has turned me into a lover of poetry to tell  story.  I don't know which I enjoyed more, her writing style or the development of characters and plot.  Great read.  Yes, it's on the YA shelf, but I'm a grandmother and loved it!


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Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people By Tracy Kidder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984801456
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 16th, 2024

Remember the writing motto - show don't tell?  This book is the perfect example of that skill.  No one can delve into a complex issue like Kidder!  he has a knack for using real people, and their stories, to dig into the hidden aspects of society and reveal the heroes who completely dedicate themselves to helping others.  This book is non-fiction, yes, but the author moves seamlessly between the facts of homelessness and the stories of people experiencing homelessness without sentimentality.  This is an important book!


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I Am the Messenger By Markus Zusak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375836671
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2006

Many "YA" authors are enjoyed by adults as well as the intended target audience, and Marcus Zuzak is one of those authors.  This is a story about an underage taxi driver in a random, mid-sized city in Australia.  He accidentally interferes in a bank robbery which sets off a mysterious series of tasks in which he has to take some serious risks sometimes to help other people; in the process, he discovers his purpose for living.  I really love this book; every time I read it, I notice something new. 


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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 27th, 2020

Reynolds has done for the middle readers what he accomplished for older teens - a moving, accessible, relevant and very funny book that adults will find powerful, too.  What DOES happen after the dismissal bell rings?!


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All American Boys By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

This was the first Reynolds book I read, and it hooked me on everything to come.  Written with two narrators who initially see events from very different perspectives, this story drew me in immediately.  Relevant and riveting, this book inspires us to do the right thing and speak up.  Jason Reynolds is one of the great writers of this time.  


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Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

Read everything by this author!  He's in the YA section, and that general age group will love this, but don't let that limit you.  Reynolds' characters are teenagers, and we've all been one, so you will relate and be invited to think more deeply about your own experiences and those of the current generation.  This book is loving and relevant.  


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Ain't Burned All the Bright By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534439467
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

Subtle, sensitive, moving, beautiful.  This book could be ready quickly - only three sentences - but take your time. Breathe slowly even though your hearts pace will pick up as you turn these powerful pages of words and images.  This book is worth a place on your coffee table.  let this book move you.  


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When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America By Kevin F. Adler, Donald W. Burnes, Amanda Banh (With), Andrijana Bilbija (With) Cover Image
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 7th, 2023

 Any book that encourages me away from an "us vs them" attitude gets a gold star from me. First step: stop using the term "the homeless" and instead use a people-first description: our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Language matters! The authors combine chilling statistics with stories from people experiencing homelessness to encourage deep empathy and an understanding of how connected we all are to each other. Then they go further and show us how, individually and as a society, we can begin to genuinely change the situation and help. Read Rough Sleepers, too, and you will have a rounded view of this tragic situation that could happen to anyone.


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Beyond That, the Sea: A Novel By Laura Spence-Ash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250854377
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Published: Celadon Books - March 21st, 2023

I thought I was finished with WWII historical fiction, and then this came along and I was hooked in the first chapter.  Beautiful language describes an element of this piece of history I didn't know about: children were shipped to American to escape the dangers of the bombing in London.  The author uses several narrators to bring to life the relationships and conflicts so that we see the complete challenges develop as the way drags on and Bea/Beatrix grows.  Clearly, there is more historical fiction well-worth reading!


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Owl Moon By Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399214578
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Published: Philomel Books - October 23rd, 1987

Simply magical.  Our family could probably recite this still after more than 30 years, and for sure if we hoot this hoot, everyone in the family knows what book we're remembering.  One of our absolute favorite read-alouds!

 


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

Kitchen Bliss: Musings on Food and Happiness (With Recipes) By Laura Calder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982194703
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 28th, 2023

Hang the Moon: A Novel By Jeannette Walls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501117299
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Published: Scribner - March 28th, 2023

Jenny's Law By Bobbi Loney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781957184081
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Published: Onion River Press - October 11th, 2022

This is one of the most powerful books I have read recently, and I've read some great ones!  Jenny's Law is chock-full of beautifully drawn scenes of small town life and characters I want to be friends with, and wisdom, so much wisdom.  Highly relevant, this book raises vital issues to discuss and would be a terrific book to read with friends and family, including teens.  


The Lindbergh Nanny: A Novel By Mariah Fredericks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250827401
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 15th, 2022

 Honestly, I did not expect to be so drawn in as I was to this book; we've grown up knowing this story, so what would be new?.  But Fredericks delves in to (and imagines) the characters with engaging descriptions and dialogue, so my emotions and attention were completely hooked and I finished it quickly with the unrealistic hope that there might be a happy ending.  Tragic and yet so good to read! 


The Red Truck Bakery Farmhouse Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Comfort Food from America's Favorite Rural Bakery By Brian Noyes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593234815
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Published: Clarkson Potter - August 2nd, 2022

 Potpies, meatloaf, roast chicken, baked beans, cherry pie,, toffee bars ... are you drooling yet?!  We need this food now.


The Winners: A Novel (Beartown Series) By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982112790
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Published: Atria Books - September 27th, 2022

Holy cow, Backman has done it again!  This world of the towns of Beartown and Hed have come to life with typical Backman energy, detail, and drama.  You don't have to have read the earlier books in this series of three as he provides enough background for the reader to fully engage with the current events, but why skip them?  These books are so good!  


Beartown: A Novel (Beartown Series) By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501160776
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Published: Atria Books - February 6th, 2018

The first in the series that includes the new release of The Winners, Beartown is about a small town in the northern woods that revolves around its youth hockey program - at least that is the plot's focus.  The beauty of Backman's writing, though, is that he develops characters with real flaws and assets who wrestle with important concepts and decisions.  Through a blend of action and reflection and beautiful description, this story drew me in; I had to finish it before I did anything else.  Not a fun, humorous read like his others, this story will stay with you long after you close the back cover.  I'm glad I read this before I read The Winners. 


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Ms. Demeanor: A Novel By Elinor Lipman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358677888
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 27th, 2022

 Naked sex on a NYC rooftop as a first date?  Yes.  And that's just the beginning!  Lipman's story of a lawyer under house arrest combines a little mystery and old-fashioned food with a lot of fun.  Then she wraps it up in a light-hearted love story.  Quick and fun!  


A World of Curiosities: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #18) By Louise Penny Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250145291
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 29th, 2022

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Case Histories: A Novel (Jackson Brodie #1) By Kate Atkinson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316010702
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 17th, 2005

Three seemingly separate mysteries slowly weave together to form a terrific page-turner.  This is a perfect book for these days when you want to curl up and forget about the rotten weather. 


The House of the Scorpion: Special Edition By Nancy Farmer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781665917858
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2022

The dystopian world hooked me from the beginning.  There's a good reason why this book has been reissued and won so many awards: it's a fantastic story!  


The Bartender's Tale (Two Medicine Country) By Ivan Doig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631481
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

I am a huge Ivan Doig fan, and this delighted me as much or more than his others.  Life in this small, western town pivots around a highly charismatic, empathetic bartender who has his own mysteries to keep, and eventually release.  A love store, a family store, a small-town store - seems kind of close to home, eh?  


Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547345
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Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals By Laurie Zaleski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250272836
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 22nd, 2022

These tender - some heartbreaking and many upbeat - animal stories inspire Zeleski's reflections on her upbringing.  The chapters blend stories of animal rescues with stories of her childhood.  Raised by a strong mother whose heart for animals drives her to fill their very humble home with abandoned and abused animals, Zelski inherits this same love.  Hence, she founds her "Funny Farm", a real farm in the pinelands of New Jersey.  I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir.  


Lightning Strike: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #18) By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982128692
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2022

Once There Were Wolves: A Novel By Charlotte McConaghy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250244154
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

Wow - what a terrific read on so many levels!  Using the controversial but successful effort of reintroducing wolves to lands from which they had once been purged, McConaghy tells a powerful story of family relationships, town politics, and the struggle between biologists and farmers.  The descriptions of the outdoor world are visceral, and the relationships - both human and wolf - are beautifully developed.  I confess to skimming one scene of violence, but that did not temper my enthusiasm for this book.  Migrations, McConaghy's first book, is on my list to read soon.  


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The Rose Code: A Novel By Kate Quinn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062943477
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 9th, 2021

I have read several WWII historical novels - and loved them - so I wondered if this might be repetitive, and it was not!  The determination of these women to be meaningfully engaged is inspiring, and I enjoyed the romance tucked between the intrigue of Bletchley Park.  I tore through this one.  


Deacon King Kong (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735216730
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

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The Baker's Secret: A Novel By Stephen P. Kiernan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062369598
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2018

I was drawn to this by the title since I love bread, but of course this book is so much more than baking.  Set during WWII in a small French town near Normandy trying to survive the brutality of the Nazi occupiers, the village baker develops ingenious ways to outsmart them.  Through a broad array of well-drawn characters, the town comes alive in our minds, so we wince at each cruel strike and cheer when the townspeople score even a small victory.  The descriptions of the Normandy invasion are told from a fresh, and well-researched perspective.  As the real survivors of this war pass on, these historical stories feel ever more valuable.  The Baker's Secret is one worth sharing.  


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The Night Circus: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Vintage - July 3rd, 2012

Just like the world created by the author, this book is magical.  The creative narrative line weaves among years and continents, through magic and reality, and lands in a love story.  I know I'll notice more details with a second reading, too, as the book is packed with details, innuendos, and connections, some that I probably missed the first time.  Reminding me of the novel Life of Pi, every page brought an impossible but somehow believable situation.  Completely satisfying.   


Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) By Kent Haruf Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

Small town life comes alive in this short and beautifully written novel, the first in a trilogy.  These characters drew me into their lives, and I found myself thinking about them during quiet times in my day, hoping the best for them.  As the back cover describes, this is "a novel of wisdom and grace" and it lifted me as was promised.  


The Sentence: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062671134
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Novel (The Finlay Donovan Series #1) By Elle Cosimano Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250830449
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 4th, 2022

Year of Wonders: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142001431
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

Sometimes we need a beach read, and then... sometimes a jolt.  Brooks is a master of research, so her telling of the plague of 1666 through the experiences of one young woman is both moving and inspiring.  As some of the comments on the book cover claim, this book is timely as we continue to wrestle with this generation's pandemic.  This is a book I am re-reading and re-loving.  


March: Pulitzer Prize Winner (A Novel) By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143036661
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2006

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Atria Books - May 5th, 2015

Ove becomes the most lovable and wise curmudgeon you will ever meet.  I love this book for the humanity and community Backman builds among his highly diverse, memorable characters.  through the kindness and honesty of others, Ove rediscovers his purpose for living and will inspire readers to do the same.  


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The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

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Perestroika in Paris: A novel By Jane Smiley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525436096
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Published: Anchor - November 2nd, 2021

Yes, these animals have authentic personalities and live in a book written for adults.  They don't exactly talk but through Smiley's writing become characters you will want to have for friends.  The relationships among them are warm, genuine, and honest.  They take risks to care for each other and give of themselves in charming and delightful ways.  I want a sequel because these characters are simply so fun.  


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Hamnet By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

History and Shakespeare fans, this is for you!  The author has researched and then imagined Shakespeare's "better half" and family.  This novel draws us into the plague of 1580 through a unique perspective and poetic narrative threads.  And by the way, You don't need to love Shakespeare to enjoy this book.  He actually plays a relatively minor role!  


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I Am the Messenger By Markus Zusak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375836671
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2006

Many "YA" authors are enjoyed by adults as well as the intended target audience, and Marcus Zuzak is one of those authors.  This is a story about an underage taxi driver in a random, mid-sized city in Australia.  He accidentally interferes in a bank robbery which sets off a mysterious series of tasks in which he has to take some serious risks sometimes to help other people; in the process, he discovers his purpose for living.  I really love this book; every time I read it, I notice something new. 


Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process By John McPhee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374537975
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 4th, 2018

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Tayari Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

The Book of Longings: A Novel By Sue Monk Kidd Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143111399
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Published: Penguin Books - March 23rd, 2021

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel By Louise Penny Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780312541538
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 30th, 2008

Bruno, Chief of Police: A Mystery of the French Countryside (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #1) By Martin Walker Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307454690
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Published: Vintage - April 6th, 2010

Salt to the Sea By Ruta Sepetys Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142423622
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Published: Philomel Books - August 1st, 2017

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

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