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Posted on: July 1, 2020

The Music Book

The Music Book

by Karen Osborn

Reviewed by Linda:Local novelist Karen Osborn’s newest work looks back to the 1950s and the life of a gifted female musician at a time when few were allowed entry into the male world of professional classical musicians. Newly grad...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Good Talk

by Mira Jacob

Reviewed by Linda:Thank you to the colleague who recommended this graphic novel and said it was a very fast read. I’d seen it on multiple best of 2019 lists, and it fully deserves those spots. Mira Jacob writes of being an American ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

On Beauty

On Beauty

by Wally Swist

Reviewed by Cyndi:Amherst author Wally Swist is a prolific writer who easily crosses genres, as is evident in his latest publication that incorporates four types of writing not often seen side-by-side. The preface provides a guide to the who...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

The Yellow House

Yellow House

by Sarah M. Broom

Reviewed by Linda: Sarah Broom’s first book has made quite an impression, winning the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction and being named one of the New York Times’s 10 Best Books of the Year for 2019. The...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

The Last Train to London

Last Train to London

by Meg Waite Clayton

Reviewed by Janet:While most Jews fleeing Hitler’s Nazi regime in the late 1930s had increasingly fewer places that would receive them, Jewish children fared a little better. The parallel stories in this novel – of ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough

hyper education

by Pawan Dhingra

Reviewed by Linda:Pawan Dhingra, a sociologist at Amherst College, has written an up-close look at the education arms race of after-school learning, academic competitions, and the perceived failure of even our best schools to educate child...

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Posted on: May 20, 2020

Just Breathe

just breathe

by Cammie McGovern

Reviewed by Linda:This moving novel may remind readers of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, both for its realistic portrayal of teens up against serious medical challenges and for its very sympathetic characters. David, the ...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

The Giver of Stars

Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Linda:Library lovers will rejoice in popular British novelist Moyes’s latest work. She has turned her focus across the Atlantic to the Appalachian Mountains during the Great Depression and introduces the pack horse libra...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Oona Out of Order

Oona Out of Order

by Margarita Montimore

Reviewed by Janet:Nineteen-year-old Oona is ready to celebrate her birthday on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Her life lies before her, as does a crucial decision. Yet after the clock strikes twelve, Oona finds h...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Battle Dress: Poems

Battle Dress

by Karen Skolfield

Reviewed by Cyndi:With beautiful language and imagery, Karen Skolfield engages with the best and worst of humanity through the lens of her unique experiences as a female U.S. Army veteran. Her way with language is particularly noticeable...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change

100 solution

by Solomon Goldstein-Rose

Reviewed by Linda:This very eye-opening book should be read by all concerned citizens, scientists, engineers, public officials, activists, donors, farmers, and educators. Written by a well-known local activist, it makes clear how ...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

How to Love a Country: Poems

How to Love a Country

by Richard Blanco

Reviewed by Cyndi:This new volume from Richard Blanco, the Presidential Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama, wrestles with complex and challenging aspects of our nation. He tackles issues such as immigration, gender, race, and sexuality by gr...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson

These Fevered Days

by Martha Ackmann

Reviewed by Cyndi:Even if you’re not a fan of Emily Dickinson, Martha Ackmann’s beautiful prose and vivid descriptions are certain to delight you. For Dickinson fans, These Fevered Days provides new insights into the l...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

The Yellow Bird Sings

Yellow Bird Sings

by Jennifer Rosner

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Rosner, formerly of Leverett and now living on the other side of the river, is known to many in the community. It is very exciting to see the publication of her debut novel (and second adult book). The book is ...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

The Floating Feldmans

Floating Feldmans

by Elyssa Friedland

Reviewed by Linda:Three generations of a family embark on a cruise to celebrate the imposing matriarch’s seventieth birthday. As it has been over a decade since they spent more than 24 hours under the same roof, togetherness d...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

The Starless Sea

Starless Sea

by Erin Morgenstern

Reviewed by Janet:Calling all lovers of words, stories, tales, and books! From the author of The Night Circus comes this amazingly constructed book, which weaves the narrative of Zachary Ezra Rawlins with other stories and tales, creati...

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

The Turn of the Key

Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Linda:Another delightfully creepy Gothic novel from Ruth Ware. Our narrator, who is keeping a big secret from us, is a young woman who moves from London to an isolated Scottish mansion to be a nanny to four girls, ranging in age fr...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

A Ladder to the Sky

Ladder to the Sky

by John Boyne

Reviewed by Amy:Ambitious yet talent-less Maurice is deadly focused on getting published and being a famous author. He endears himself to one very famous writer, who shares a tip with Maurice: wherever there is a secret, you will find a good ...

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

by Petina Gappah

Reviewed by Linda:Out of the darkness of Africa in the late nineteenth century was brought a shining light, explorer and missionary David Livingstone, his body carried by the faithful members of his final expedition. The Scottish traveler ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride

Reviewed by Linda:One of the pleasures of a book group is that it introduces you to books you would not otherwise have read. In this way, I discovered this collection of short stories by the National Book Award-winning author of The Good L...

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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Red at the Bone

Red at the Bone

by Jacqueline Woodson

Reviewed by Janet:Pivoting around the occasion of Melody’s coming-of-age ceremony, this novel takes us back and forth in time as it explores the history and community that have influenced the decisions, actions, and relation...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

The Guest Book

Guest Book

by Sarah Blake

Reviewed by Linda:If you have ever known and loved a beautiful place, particularly one where extended family went together, you will sympathize with Evie Milton who is distraught at the idea of selling the family’s summer island in...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Olive, Again

Olive Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:We return to Crosby, Maine and the outspoken Olive Kitteridge in this most recent book by Elizabeth Strout. Each chapter immerses us briefly – yet intensely - into Olive’s own narrative or the life ...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Once More We Saw Stars

Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Reviewed by Linda:This exquisitely written memoir takes readers into one of the saddest experiences imaginable, the loss of a young child. The author, a Brooklyn resident and writer, shares openly and honestly the story of the death of his...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

A Door in the Earth

A Door in the Earth

by Amy Waldman

Reviewed by Janet:The author, a former New York Times reporter covering Afghanistan, immerses us in a small village in northern Afghanistan. Inspired by a book recounting another American’s work to build a women’s clinic,...

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Posted on: January 8, 2020

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Woman of No Importance

by Sonia Purnell

Reviewed by Linda:Open this book and meet a truly remarkable woman, one who was instrumental in liberating France from the Nazis. Virginia Hall was considered a most unlikely candidate to be a spy: a socialite from Baltimore who had a pros...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

The Water Dancer

Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed by Janet:This Oprah’s Book Club pick takes us to Virginia, where the elevated white culture based on the tobacco crop is eroding as the fields produce less and less. Hiram, who Tasks on the Lockless plantation, cannot...

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Posted on: December 25, 2019

I Owe You One

I Owe You One

by Sophie Kinsella

Reviewed by Linda:I relished listening to this latest novel by Sophie Kinsella, the queen of Chick lit. Fixie Farr is devoted to her late father’s housewares shop and has a monumental crush on her childhood friend Ryan. Both br...

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Posted on: December 18, 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

Reviewed by Janet:Just in case you haven’t read this one yet, add it to your list! This evocative novel creates a wonderful sense of place in the marshes of the North Carolina coast, where Kya lives as one with the nature that surr...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners

by Gretchen Anthony

Reviewed by Linda:This satire of those obnoxious newsy holidays letters is a fun read any time of the year. With a gentle touch, the author pokes fun at Violet Baumgartner, a formidable Midwestern matriarch who writes glowing family upd...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

The Secrets We Kept

Secrets We Kept

by Lara Prescott

Reviewed by Janet:An engrossing tale of the Cold War, told as parallel stories from the East and from the West. Olga is Boris Pasternak’s mistress, and is sent to the Gulag by Stalin for not revealing the plot of Dr. Zhivago whil...

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Posted on: November 27, 2019

The Mother-in-Law

Mother in Law

by Sally Hepworth

Reviewed by Linda:I spent a recent long car trip happily listening to the audio version of this novel. A work of domestic suspense that rivals those of Liane Moriarty, this novel is also set in Australia (the audio reader has a charming a...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee

by Jean Kwok

Reviewed by Janet:Amy’s immigrant parents work very hard, and she gets temp office work when she can, but the family is struggling. When Grandma, who lives near Amsterdam with Ma’s cousin, is dying, only Sylvie, Amy&rsq...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Professor Chandra

by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

Reviewed by Linda:This entertaining spoof of academia features a distinguished professor of economics at Cambridge, who in the opening scene has the media camped outside his door waiting to see if he wins the Nobel Prize. He may b...

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

The Rosie Result

Rosie Result

by Graeme Simsion

Reviewed by Janet:Now back in Australia for the final book in this trilogy, Don and Rosie are adjusting to their jobs while their 11-year-old son Hudson adjusts to his new school. When the school calls about some issues that have arisen, ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

The Cactus

Cactus

by Sarah Haywood

Reviewed by Linda:This novel is for anyone who loved Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. A British woman in her mid-40s, Susan Green has no patience for messy emotions. Her life is completely orderly, with a one-bedroom flat, a job that d...

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

The Nickel Boys

Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Janet:This short novel takes us to the Jim Crow South in the 1960s, where Elwood, a hardworking and intelligent young man, has been raised by his grandmother. On the verge of finishing high school and heading to college, Elw...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive

by Valeria Luiselli

Reviewed by Linda:This brilliant novel can be difficult to read because it explores two painful topics: the tragedy at the US-Mexico border as it affects children and the break-up of a blended family from New York City with two very bri...

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Posted on: October 9, 2019

The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Lager Queen of Minnesota

by J. Ryan Stradal

Reviewed by Janet:Edith has worked hard all her life, in part because her sister Ruth inherited the family farm while Edith got nothing. However, when the pies Edith bakes at the nursing home are named the third best in the state of Minn...

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Posted on: October 2, 2019

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We re Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong

Reviewed by Linda:A faculty member in the UMass MFA Program and recently named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, Ocean Vuong earned comparisons to Emily Dickinson with his first book, a collection of poetry. For his second, he turned to autobiographi...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

City of Girls

City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Reviewed by Janet:It all begins in 1940, when Vivian Morris flunks out of Vassar. Her wealthy parents send her to New York City to live with her Aunt Peg, owner of a neighborhood theater in Midtown. Vivian immerses herself in this unco...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

No Visible Bruises

by Rachel Louise Snyder

Reviewed by Linda:Finally, a book that does for domestic violence what Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow did for racism in the criminal justice system, i.e., shine a bright light on it. A powerful and insightful book, ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters

by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Reviewed by Janet:Obeying their mother’s dying wish, sisters Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirina have set aside their daily lives to undertake a journey to India, following through with the opportunities of service and remembrance so...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

The Mothers

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

Reviewed by Linda:Welcome to Upper Room Chapel, an African American church in Southern California. The elderly women of that congregation act as a Greek chorus throughout this gripping first novel. They cast their eyes—sometimes l...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

The Flight Portfolio

Flight Portfolio

by Julie Orringer

Reviewed by Janet:Immerse yourself in 1940 Marseille, where Varian Fry has come to do the work of the Emergency Rescue Committee by helping threatened artists and writers escape the grasp of Vichy France and the Nazis. Accustomed to keepi...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Hearth and Soul: A History of the Jones Library at One Hundred

Hearth and Soul

by Bruce Watson

Reviewed by Linda:To celebrate our centennial, the Jones Library decided to commission a history of the library. Not an academic, dry tome, but a short, entertaining book by an author who frequently writes for Smithsonian and who for years ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

by Kim Michele Richardson

Reviewed by Janet:Cussy loves her job as a librarian for the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, bringing books via mule to the folks in the hollers. Many patrons eagerly await her visits, yet some people are suspicious of this g...

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Posted on: August 7, 2019

The Limits of the World

Limits of the World

by Jennifer Acker

Reviewed by Linda:Jennifer Acker of Amherst College is editor of the school’s literary magazine The Common and organizer of LitFest, which brings distinguished writers to campus each spring. This elegantly written and thought-pr...

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Posted on: July 31, 2019

The Farm

The Farm

by Joanne Ramos

Reviewed by Janet:Golden Oaks is a lovely retreat nestled in the Hudson Valley, offering every luxury to its residents – organic food, personal trainers, massages – who go through a thorough application and vetting proce...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

World According to Fannie Davis

by Bridgett M. Davis

Reviewed by Linda:As some of you know, I love to read accounts of inspiring mothers. This book was an outstanding example of this genre. Fannie Davis ran a Numbers racket in the city of Detroit for decades. The granddaughter of slaves,...

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Posted on: July 17, 2019

The Library of Lost and Found

Library of Lost and Found

by Phaedra Patrick

Reviewed by Janet:After caring for her ailing parents for 15 years, Martha is accustomed to being helpful. Her house is crammed with projects and favors she has undertaken to do for others, including friends and patrons from the library ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

The Overstory

Overstory

by Richard Powers

Reviewed by Linda:This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, although perhaps overly long, is a profound and insightful look at our understanding of trees. Joining The Secret Lives of Trees and other recent works, it causes the reader to re-evalu...

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Posted on: July 3, 2019

The Huntress

The Huntress

by Kate Quinn

Reviewed by Janet:After World War II, Ian Graham dedicated his life to tracking down Nazis who have been able to escape the consequences of their wartime deeds. A particular target is The Huntress, who was responsible for killing his brother....

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Posted on: June 26, 2019

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming

Uninhabitable Earth

by David Wallace-Wells

Reviewed by Linda:I’ve been waiting for a book to be published that will rouse Americans to confront the issue of climate change (as Uncle Tom’s Cabin did for slavery). This may be that book. The author, a journal...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Lost and Wanted

Lost and Wanted

by Nell Freudenberger

Reviewed by Janet:Nell teaches physics at MIT, and her best friend from college was working in Hollywood when she hears of Charlie’s death. Grieving the loss of her friend and regretting the distance between them (both physi...

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

The Friend

The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel is for and about writers, teachers of writing, and those who love fine writing. The narrator is a woman who loses her beloved literary mentor to suicide and finds h...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

The Lost Girls of Paris

Lost Girls of Paris

by Pam Jenoff

Reviewed by Janet:Running late for work in 1946, Grace literally stumbles over a suitcase in Grand Central Station, and finds some photos of women in uniform. Wanting to return them – and the suitcase – to the rightful own...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Small Fry: A Memoir

Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Reviewed by Linda:Named one of the New York Times’s ten best books of 2018, this memoir by the eldest daughter of Steve Jobs is a powerful and painful account of her childhood. The founder of Apple was a master manipulator as...

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Posted on: May 22, 2019

Chronicles of a Radical Hag

Chronicles of a Radical Hag

by Lorna Landvik

Reviewed by Janet:After columnist Haze Evans suffers a massive stroke, Susan McGrath, the editor of the local paper, decides to re-run some of her old columns in the interim. As selections from 50 years’ worth of work is republis...

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Posted on: May 15, 2019

Unsheltered

Unsheltered

by Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed by Linda:Find an audiobook (on CD, a Playaway, or a digital download through Libby/Overdrive) and hear the author doing an exquisite reading of her latest novel. She addresses crucial themes from today like how the gypsy life...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

The River

River

by Peter Heller

Reviewed by Janet:Fishing. Wild blueberries. Northern lights. Canoeing. Camping. Whitewater rapids. Missing person. Forest fire. Wilderness survival. College friends Wynn and Jack plan a relaxed canoe trip in northern Canada, but things don...

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Posted on: May 1, 2019

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Linda:It’s always more rewarding when you can read the book before seeing the movie. And it is always fun to read a book that mocks the ultra-rich wherever in the world they might live. This novel imagines a young Americ...

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Posted on: April 24, 2019

The Water Cure

Water Cure

by Sophie Mackintosh

Reviewed by Janet:Grace, Lia, and Sky have grown up on an island, protected by their parents and their rituals from the greatest contamination from outside – men. Over the years, other women have sought refuge there from the ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2019

My Ex-Life

My Ex Life

by Stephen McCauley

Reviewed by Linda:I’m sad to have finished listening to this novel and to be leaving the company of its quirky, funny characters. David and Julie were married briefly years ago and parted mostly amicably when David realized he...

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Posted on: April 10, 2019

Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

by Diane Setterfield

Reviewed by Janet:In an inn by the river, a seeming miracle occurs on the winter solstice, which creates a stir in the lives of a number of local residents. As tributaries flow into a greater river, each of their stories contributes to...

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Posted on: April 3, 2019

Nine Perfect Strangers

Nine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Linda:Reading novelist Moriarty is like having a funny best friend in Australia. In her latest romp, she describes what happens when nine people meet at a remote health resort, all hoping to bring about major changes in their ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2019

The Weight of Ink

Weight of Ink

by Rachel Kadish 

Reviewed by Cyndi:Kadish seamlessly weaves together the lives of two remarkable women – one from the 17th century and one from the 21st – in a sophisticated story. Ester Velasquez is a 17th century Jewish woma...

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Posted on: March 20, 2019

The Paragon Hotel

Paragon Hotel

by Lyndsay Faye

Reviewed by Janet:Fleeing from the New York Mafia during Prohibition, Alice James arrives in Portland with a fresh bullet wound and suitcase full of money. Brought to the Paragon Hotel by the Pullman porter for medical care on the down low,...

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Posted on: March 13, 2019

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa

Reviewed by Linda:A bestseller in Japan and now in the United States, this novel is narrated by Nana, a once stray cat with a resourceful outlook on life. Satoru, Nana’s owner, takes him on a road trip to visit three of his deares...

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Posted on: March 6, 2019

Night of Miracles

Night of Miracles

by Elizabeth Berg

Reviewed by Janet:In this heartwarming and bittersweet novel, we return to Mason, Missouri and the characters we met in The Story of Arthur Truluv. Lucille has a new assistant for her baking classes (Iris) and new neighbors in the house n...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

The Female Persuasion

Female Persuasion

by Meg Wolitzer

Reviewed by Linda:This highly reviewed novel explores the new wave of feminism in the United States. College student Greer Kadetsky is enraged when the administration declines to punish the male student who has sexually harassed her and man...

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Posted on: February 20, 2019

If They Come for Us: Poems

If They Come for Us

by Fatimah Asghar

Reviewed by CyndiA powerful and important read, this book provides us with poems that are vulnerable, compassionate, and bear both anguish and joy. Asghar, as a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, shares her unique under...

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Posted on: February 13, 2019

Transcription

Transcription

by Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Janet:Juliet’s job at the BBC producing children’s programming is much less exciting than working for MI5 during the war. When she spots someone on the street from her wartime operation and he denies knowing...

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Posted on: February 6, 2019

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

They May Not Mean To, But They Do

by Cathleen Schine

Reviewed by Linda:The Contemporary Book Club recently enjoyed discussing this book, whose author is sometimes compared to Jane Austen. The Bergman clan of New York City is confronting the aging of its two senior members. With compassion ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2019

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

7 and a half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Reviewed by Janet:Reading this book was like being caught in a mash-up of the classic board game Clue, an Agatha Christie mystery, and the 2014 movie “The Edge of Tomorrow”. Aiden Bishop finds himself at a classic Engli...

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Posted on: January 23, 2019

Meet Me at the Museum

Meet Me at the Museum

by Anne Youngson

Reviewed by CyndiThis epistolary novel brings together two people with very different lives that form a deep friendship that begins with their shared fascination with the Tollund Man. Through their letters, and growing friendship, they are...

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Posted on: January 16, 2019

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Dopesick

by Beth Macy

Reviewed by Linda:If you would like to understand how the opioid crisis that is gripping America came about, then this is the book for you. Journalist Beth Macy had an insider’s view of the epidemic’s arrival in her communi...

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Posted on: January 9, 2019

Never Stop Walking

Never Stop Walking

by Christina Rickardsson

Reviewed by Lynne:A heartrending story of survival told from the point of view of a homeless child in a Brazilian favela. It begins with a recounting of shocking poverty, hunger, and unfathomable violence, followed by a jarring cul...

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Posted on: January 2, 2019

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet's Journey

Have Dog, Will Travel

by Stephen Kuusisto

Reviewed by Linda:If you are fascinated by the dog/human relationship, then you will want to add this powerful true story to your reading list. The author grew up in a family that was ashamed of his poor vision, and so he spent decades ...

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Posted on: December 26, 2018

Washington Black

Washington Black

by Esi Edugyan

Reviewed by Janet:When the new master arrived after the old master’s death, the slaves on Faith Plantation didn’t know what to expect. For 11-year-old Washington Black, becoming the protégé of the ma...

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Posted on: December 19, 2018

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Linda:Ruth Ware is being called a modern-day Agatha Christie. The menacing tone and many plot twists in her psychological suspense will keep you up late to find out what really happened. Harriet (“Hal”) is a yo...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

The Garden Party

Garden Party

by Grace Dane Mazur

Reviewed by Janet:Celia Cohen is in her Brookline garden, preparing for her son’s wedding rehearsal dinner, contemplating this merging of families. The Cohens are academics, activists, and artists, while the Barlows are lawyer...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Force of Nature

Force of Nature

by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Linda:Five female coworkers walk into the Australian bushland on a corporate leadership retreat. Days later four emerge from the isolated wilderness battered and bruised. Agent Aaron Falk has a special reason for wanting to find ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2018

Number One Chinese Restaurant

Number One Chinese Restaurant

by Lillian Li

Reviewed by Janet:When Jimmie Han inherited the Beijing Duck House from his father, he inherited his father’s vision of a Chinese restaurant in the United States, as well as the staff, the menu, and the décor. Yet as Jimm...

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

The Incomplete Book of Running

Incomplete Book of Running

by Peter Sagal

Reviewed by Linda:This oddly engaging book is recommended for runners and people looking for inspiration to start running and for fans of NPR’s beloved quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!" which is hosted by...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

by Sarah Bird

Reviewed by Janet:From slave to Buffalo Soldier, this novel sweeps the reader along on an adventure of determination and survival, from the last year of the Civil War to the late 1860s. After her master’s plantation is burned by Gen...

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Circe

Circe

by Madeline Miller

Reviewed by Linda:Circe, the sorceress of ancient Greek mythology, appeared in tales about the Minotaur, Daedalus and Icarus, and Odysseus, but at last she is at the center of her own tale. This spellbinding novel will keep readers rapt ...

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Posted on: October 31, 2018

Memento Park

Memento Park

by Mark Sarvas

Reviewed by Janet:A B-list Hollywood actor, Matt is amazed to learn that a painting owned by his Hungarian relatives before the Nazis invaded Budapest could be restituted to him, if the courts approve the case. This process shakes up his rel...

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Posted on: October 24, 2018

The Shakespeare Requirement

Shakespeare Requirement

by Julie Schumacher

Reviewed by Linda:Good news for all who love wicked satires of academia: Jason Fitger, the hapless English professor at Payne University (last seen in the uproariously funny Dear Committee Members) is back! Now he is Chair of the Englis...

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Posted on: October 17, 2018

Vox

Vox

by Christina Dalcher

Reviewed by Janet:Imagine you are allowed to speak only 100 words each day – a wrist counter keeps track. And something bad happens when this number is exceeded. In this futuristic United States, women have lost the right to ...

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

The Wreckage of Eden

Wreckage of Eden

by Norman Lock

Reviewed by Linda:This eloquently written novel depicts the breakdown of the social fabric of antebellum America, as observed by an army chaplain who served in the Mexican War and the Mormon Rebellion. Robert Winters (a fictitious character)...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange

Reviewed by Janet:This powerful novel begins as a series of loosely connected short stories, but turns into something so much more in this exploration of the plight of the urban Native American. Each of the characters follows their own path...

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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Warlight

Warlight

by Michael Ondaatje

Reviewed by Linda:Fans of the author’s novel The English Patient and of the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante will welcome this coming-of-age mystery. At the close of World War II, 14-year-old Nathaniel and his olde...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Reviewed by Janet:Seven year old Chula and her older sister live safely in a gated community in Bogotá, Colombia during Pablo Escobar’s reign of terror. Petrona, the family’s young housemaid, who has...

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Waking Lions

Waking Lions

by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen 

Reviewed by Linda:This New York Times Notable Book by Israeli novelist Gundar-Goshen is a riveting moral thriller. A neurosurgeon living with his wife and young children in southern Israel finds his life changes in an inst...

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

How Hard Can It Be?

How Hard Can It Be

by Allison Pearson 

Enjoy this week’s special double review!

Reviewed by Linda:Sisters, if you are in the "Sandwich Generation" and need a hearty laugh, check out this hilarious and very smart novel about a London woman with two...

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Dear Mrs. Bird

Dear Mrs Bird

by A. J. Pearce

Reviewed by Janet:Emmeline Lake aspires to be a Lady War Correspondent, so when she spots a job advertisement placed by the publishers of the London Evening Chronicle, it seems meant to be. However, the dream job actually consists of typing...

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Posted on: August 22, 2018

Persons Unknown

Persons Unknown

by Susie Steiner

Reviewed by Linda:A British cop, five months pregnant, fights against the racism of the justice system and she seeks to absolve her teenage son of murder charges. The second in a series (but it can be read as a stand alone), it has dark hu...

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Posted on: August 15, 2018

The Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel

Missing Guests of the Magic Grove Hotel

by David Casarett 

Reviewed by Janet:Armchair travelers will enjoy northern Thailand as they immerse themselves in this unique mystery series, of which this is book two. Nurse ethicist Ladarat Patalung oversees ethical care for the patients at her...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Tangerine

Tangerine

by Christine Mangan

Reviewed by Linda:Film rights have already been sold for this debut novel. Smart, stylish, and oh-so-creepy, it begs for a master like Alfred Hitchcock to produce it. In the novel, two young women--former college roommates--meet up in T...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Other People’s Houses

Other Peoples Houses

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by Janet:When Frances walks into her neighbor’s house after driving the carpool to school, she discovers Anne enjoying the company of someone not her husband. She backs out of the house discretely, but events have been set...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Factfulness: 10 Reasons We're Wrong About the World, And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Factfulness

by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund 

Reviewed by Matt:Doctor, educator, and TED Talker Hans Rosling explains why — when it comes to long-term global trends — people everywhere hold views that ar...

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Posted on: July 18, 2018

Educated: A Memoir

Educated

by Tara Westover

Reviewed by Linda:The author of this remarkable book was raised by survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, where she and her six siblings prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling food. Born at home, Tara had no birth certificate; n...

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Posted on: July 11, 2018

The Great Alone

Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Reviewed by Janet:When Ernt Allbright, who has been scarred physically and psychologically by his time in Vietnam, learns he has inherited land in Alaska, he sees it as a place to begin again. Cora and Leni, his wife and daughter, soon c...

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Posted on: July 4, 2018

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

I Am

by Maggie O’Farrell

Reviewed by Linda:A highly regarded British novelist offers a beautifully written memoir told entirely in seventeen near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2018

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky

Ill Be Your Blue Sky

by Marisa de los Santos

Reviewed by Janet:During her wedding weekend, Clare bumps into an elderly woman named Edith several times on the grounds of the resort.  And just when it’s needed, Edith offers some profound advice.  Week...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Less

Less

by Andrew Sean Greer

Reviewed by Linda:Less introduces us to the endearingly awkward eponymous hero of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Arthur Less is about to turn fifty and his love life and work life are both in shambles. In desperation, the strugglin...

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Posted on: June 13, 2018

The House of Broken Angels

House of Broken Angels

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Reviewed by Janet:From this Pulitzer Prize finalist comes an engrossing and intricately told story of family, love, loss, and reconciliation, set over the course of two days. When his mother dies just days before his 70th birthday, Bi...

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires

by Caroline Fraser

Reviewed by Linda:Generations of Americans have grown up reading the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder with their unforgettable stories of her pioneer childhood. This fascinating biography is the first true account of the author’s...

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Posted on: May 30, 2018

The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant

by Chris Bohjalian 

Reviewed by Janet:Always up for adventure (and a drink or two … or three), flight attendant Cassie Bowden wakes up one morning after a flight to Dubai and finds last night’s lover dead beside her. Unsure of...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward

Reviewed by Linda:Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, this novel follows three generations of an African American family in Mississippi over the course of a few days. Ward, a two-time winner of the NBA, writes powerfully of how p...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

The Indigo Girl

Indigo Girl

by Natasha Boyd

Reviewed by Janet:When her ambitious father returns to the Caribbean in 1739 to further his career, 16 year old Eliza Lucas is left in charge of their South Carolina plantations. In the face of great debt left by her father, Eliza attempts ...

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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition

Saving Charlotte

by Pia de Jong

Reviewed by Linda:Some people love adventure tales by mountaineers who scale the world’s highest peaks, but I savor memoirs by parents who overcome or persevere through great difficulties in the lives of their children. This volum...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Mrs.

Mrs

by Caitlin Macy

Reviewed by Janet:The privileged families whose youngsters attend St. Timothy’s preschool in Manhattan seem to have it all. Yet Philippa Lye’s envied life is precariously balanced, despite her investment banker husband&...

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Posted on: April 25, 2018

When the English Fall

When the English Fall

by David Williams

Reviewed by Linda:A very fast read, this novel will stay with you long after you close the book. An Amish farmer records the satisfying details of his daily life with his wife and 2 children and their close-knit community. But all that i...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Something Like Happy

Something  Like Happy

by Eva Woods

Reviewed by Janet:While visiting her mother in hospital, Annie finds herself being swept out of her unhappy life and along with the irresistible force that is Polly. A colorful, irrepressible patient with a brain tumor, Polly has chosen to ma...

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Posted on: April 11, 2018

Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years

Thanks, Obama

by David Litt 

Reviewed by Linda:A sometimes very funny, sometimes bittersweet memoir by Obama’s youngest speechwriter and the president’s go-to writer for comedy.

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

Into the Water

Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of The Girl on the Train comes another thriller, this time set in a small riverside English town. So far this year, two women have drowned in the Beckford Pool, which has a dark history of similar tragedy....

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Home Fire

Home Fire

by Kamila Shamsie

Reviewed by Linda:This widely praised novel (which was on the long list for the Man Booker Prize) begins as a mesmerizing tale about a British family of Pakistani descent, and ends as a heart-thudding drama. The author, who received an MF...

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Posted on: March 21, 2018

The Music Shop

The Music Shop

by Rachel Joyce

Reviewed by Janet:Frank always seems to know exactly which record his customers need to hear. (Yes, vinyl records – not those awful cassette tapes or newfangled shiny CDs.) Yet when Ilse comes into his shop, fixes his pencil sharp...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

To the New Owners: A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir

To the New Owners

by Madeleine Blais

Reviewed by Linda:Are you fortunate to have a place that means everything to you, that is central to your extended family’s identity, a place that you think about to restore yourself? For Madeleine Blais, who will be honored at...

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

The Alice Network

Alice Network

by Kate Quinn

Reviewed by Janet:Worried about the fate of her French cousin Rose in the wake of World War II, Charlie leaves her mother in London and heads to France with some unlikely companions to chase down an elusive lead. Eve, with her shadowy contact...

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Posted on: February 28, 2018

Pachinko

Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Reviewed by Linda:A recent favorite of the library’s Contemporary Book Club, this novel was just selected as one of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2017. The author takes us into a world little known to...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

The Woman in the Window

Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn

Reviewed by Janet:Anna is agoraphobic, and confined to her home on a residential street in New York City. She spends her time watching classic movies, playing chess online, counselling other agoraphobics, and watching her neighbors. And drink...

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Posted on: February 14, 2018

Be Frank with Me

Be Frank with Me

by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Reviewed by Linda:Alice Whitley, publishing assistant, receives a most unusual assignment from her boss: Go and join a reclusive literary legend in her Bel Air mansion and ensure she gets her first novel in decades written on sch...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

Radio Free Vermont

Radio Free Vermont

by Bill McKibben

Reviewed by Janet:This "fable of resistance" will make you laugh out loud as you thoroughly enjoy the exploits and reflections of Vern Barclay, who finds himself inspiring a group of Vermont patriots to consider an independent Ve...

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Posted on: January 31, 2018

Who Is Rich? A Novel

Who Is Rich?

by Matthew Klam

Reviewed by Linda:This academic satire was just named one of the New York Times Book Review’s best 100 books of 2017. The novel is a funny and disturbing look at the life of a once-sort-of famous cartoonist (named Rich) during a w...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Caroline: Little House, Revisited

Caroline

by Sarah Miller

Reviewed by Janet:For those who loved the Little House on the Prairie series as children, this is a perfect opportunity to revisit the Ingalls family as they leave Wisconsin and head for Indian Territory. Told from the perspective of Caroli...

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Posted on: January 17, 2018

Seven Days of Us

Seven Days of Us

by Francesca Hornak 

Reviewed by Linda:The Birch Family parents--devoted mother Emma and father Andrew, a scathing restaurant reviewer--spend Christmas with their 2 adult daughters on their dilapidated estate in the British countryside. But this i...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

The Essex Serpent

Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry

Reviewed by Janet:This novel immerses the reader in 1893, where on the Essex coast, fear of a great sea creature has fisherman and townspeople suspicious and superstitious. News of this curiosity reaches London, and brings amateur naturalist...

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Posted on: January 3, 2018

The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea

Girl With Seven Names

by Hyeonseo Lee

Reviewed by Linda:A riveting tale of courage and a fascinating look at daily life in the world’s most secretive country. The author was only seventeen when she crossed into China, where she lived for over a decade in fear of being...

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Posted on: December 27, 2017

The Little French Bistro

Little French Bistro

by Nina George

Reviewed by Janet:After 41 years in a boring, loveless marriage, Marianne wants out.  Led to the coast of Brittany by a hand painted ceramic tile, she finds work in a bistro, starts to learn French, and meets the cast of characters ...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

The Locals

The Locals

by Jonathan Dee

Reviewed by Linda:I once met a librarian from the Berkshires who told me that many of the new houses in his hometown have helicopter pads in the backyards. I thought of him as I devoured Jonathan Dee’s new novel about a small Berk...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Beartown

Beartown

by Fredrik Backman

Reviewed by Janet:The people of Beartown live and breathe hockey. And this year, their junior league has a chance of winning the championship and putting Beartown back on the map. Yet the events at a post-semi-finals party ripple out to ...

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Posted on: December 6, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild 

Reviewed by Linda:A renowned sociologist from Berkeley spends months getting to know conservatives in Louisiana bayou country. She wants to understand the feelings that drive their politics, the “deep story&a...

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Posted on: November 29, 2017

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng

Reviewed by Janet:When things don’t go to plan in the planned community of Shaker Heights, Elena Richardson finds herself struggling to make sense of it all. The secrets she uncovers about her tenants Mia and Pearl threaten to disru...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz

Reviewed by Linda:A fiendishly clever whodunit, perfect for an inter-generational car trip! Susan, an editor for a British publisher, eagerly reads the final manuscript from the firm’s bestselling mystery writer who died short...

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Posted on: November 15, 2017

Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

by Shanthi Sekaran

Reviewed by Janet:Soli is a young Mexican woman who finds her way across the border to her cousin in northern California in search of a better life. Kavya is the chef at a UC-Berkeley sorority who realizes that her desire for a child fal...

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Posted on: November 8, 2017

The Baker’s Secret

bakerssecret

by Stephen P. Kiernan

Reviewed by Janet:Emmanuelle finds herself baking a dozen baguettes for the officers’ mess every day, by the order of the German Kommandant of the occupying forces in her village. Her secret is that she stretches this daily ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm

by Nina Stibbe

Reviewed by Linda:This charming and bittersweet novel is narrated by 10-year-old Lizzie, whose family is in perilous straits. Following her parents’ divorce in the 1970s, Lizzie, along with her beloved older sister, nervous younger...

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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

Reviewed by Linda:This gripping history of human beings begins 70,000 years ago by asking why we sapiens are the only species of human--there were at least six that scientists know of so far--still in existence. The author continues to...

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Posted on: October 18, 2017

Class Mom

Class Mom

by Laurie Gelman

Reviewed by Janet:Jen Dixon brings her own personal style to being class mom for her son’s kindergarten class. She takes no - um - guff from anyone, and her in-your-face approach to getting parents to volunteer for snacks and cha...

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Posted on: October 11, 2017

Say What You Will

Say What You Will

by Cammie McGovern

Reviewed by Linda:A young adult novel by Amherst’s Cammie McGovern. If you like novels by John Green, you will be hooked on this moving tale of two teens, each facing a serious disability. Brilliant, book-loving Amy was born wi...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Reviewed by Janet:I don’t know how I missed this one when it first came out! This wonderful novel is an evocative and bittersweet story of two sisters in occupied France during World War II. Vianne’s husband is a priso...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

The Leavers

Leavers

by Lisa Ko

Reviewed by Linda:When Deming Guo is 11, his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, disappears without a trace. The boy is eventually adopted by a pair of white professors in upstate New York, who rename him Daniel Wilkinson. This timely nov...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:For those who enjoyed Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton, this collection of short stories takes us back to Lucy’s hometown in Illinois, and the people who knew her there. Characters in these interconn...

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Posted on: September 13, 2017

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman

by Denis Thériault

Reviewed by Linda:The eponymous hero lives quietly in Montreal, his only hobby secretly steaming open selected envelopes and reading the letters inside. But everything changes when he discovers a letter containing a single hai...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

The Mother’s Promise

The Mother's Promise

by Sally Hepworth 

Reviewed by Robin:An emotional tale of a single mom with a 15 year old daughter who suffers from social anxiety disorder and those who want to help but whose own lives have their fair share of life’s struggles. Nonethe...

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy

by J.D. Vance 

Reviewed by Janet:With family roots in the hollers of Kentucky and a law degree from Yale, J.D. Vance has achieved much. In this memoir, he describes a culture in crisis – that of white, working class Americans. Through hi...

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

Swing Time

Swing Time

by Zadie Smith

Reviewed by Linda:Acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith writes movingly of two brown girls in Britain who whose friendship centers around their love of dance. One of the girls has great talent. Both face heartache in their home lives. As they each ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

 Reviewed by Matt:This strange and unexpectedly moving novel follows President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son Willie beyond his death from typhoid fever into an intermediate realm full of restless souls in a Georgetown ceme...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant

by Gail Honeyman

Reviewed by Janet:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine, thank you very much. She is quite settled and safe in her routine, keeping herself to herself, moving from work to home and back, with 2 bottles of vodka on the weekend. Yet her carefu...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Lab Girl

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren

Reviewed by Linda:No less an authority than the New York Times described this book as doing for botany what Oliver Sacks did for neurology and Stephen Jay Gould for paleontology. If the goal was making her subject matter fascinating for non-...

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

The Devil and Webster

The Devil and Webster

by Jean Hanff Korelitz 

Reviewed by Robin: Set on a college campus in the Amherst area with lots of local color, this story told with irreverent wit and suspense takes on issues of class, privilege, activism and the dilemmas faced by both...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

History of Wolves

History of Wolves

by Emily Fridlund

Reviewed by Janet:Life in rural Minnesota can be tough, especially if you are a teenager who doesn’t fit in anywhere. After a favorite teacher is fired and she is even more isolated, Linda spends her summer babysitting for the f...

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

The Past

The Past

by Tessa Hadley

Reviewed by Linda:Four adult siblings and their partners and children spend a long vacation together at the soon-to-be-sold family cottage in the English countryside. As the adults—each richly portrayed—wrestle with past...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

The Garden of Small Beginnings

Garden of Small Beginnings

by Abbi Waxman

Reviewed by RobinA young book illustrator with two small children is trying to manage her life and that of her daughters after her husband’s sudden death. Although she hasn’t been doing a very good job of it, a new work a...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Moonglow

moonglow

by Michael Chabon

Reviewed by Janet:In this faux memoir, the narrator’s grandfather is dying of cancer and during his last weeks, shares stories of his life that his grandson had never heard. From World War II to the Challenger space shuttle, fro...

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Reviewed by Linda:This YA crossover is drawing lots of attention for its riveting portrayal of the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. The novel is narrated by 16-year-old Starr Carter, who is an expert at navigating two worlds: the ur...

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Posted on: June 14, 2017

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

gloryobrien

by A.S. King

Review by MiaGlory O’Brien is on the cusp of graduating from high school, and doesn’t know where her life is going next.  When she and her best friend drink the remains of a mummified bat on a dare, they begin to s...

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

The Sellout

sellout

by Paul Beatty

Reviewed by Janet:This winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize is a satirical look at race and racial identity in the United States. Raised in isolation by his professor father, the narrator finds himself the subject of many a psychological stud...

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Posted on: May 31, 2017

The Excellent Lombards

The Excellent Lombards

by Jane Hamilton 

Reviewed by Linda:A novel about a high-spirited girl growing up on an idyllic Wisconsin apple orchard, which is owned jointly by her father and his cousin. As a child, Frankie assumes that she and her brother will inherit this be...

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Posted on: May 24, 2017

Today Will Be Different

todaywillbedifferent

by Maria Semple

Reviewed by Janet:Eleanor Flood vows to herself that today will be different – she will be present, play a game with her son, take pride in her appearance, radiate calm, and be her best self. Yet throughout the day, events arise t...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality

Economism

by James Kwak

Reviewed by Linda:In this important book, James Kwak of Amherst refutes the prevailing economic view that the high levels of economic inequality in the United States are unavoidable. He shows how modern economic theory has been twisted into a...

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

The Girl Before

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by JP Delaney

Reviewed by Janet:There are about 200 contractual conditions to agree to before the house at One Folgate Street can be rented.  Plus a long questionnaire.   And an interview with the architect. Through the suspenseful parall...

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

by Amor Towles

Reviewed by Linda:An utterly charming and moving tale of a Russian count, one Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who is called before a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922 for having written an incendiary poem, and is sentenced to house arrest at the Metropol,...

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Commonwealth

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by Ann Patchett

Reviewed by Janet:A chance encounter at a christening party forever changes the lives of two families in this new book by Ann Patchett.   As the lives of these six children and four parents are reconfigured, they explore the meanin...

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Barkskins

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by Annie Proulx

Reviewed by Linda:Sometimes a novel captures a historical tragedy more powerfully than does a work of history. In this instance, the author - winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award - writes a heart-breaking tale of th...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

by Jennifer Ryan

Reviewed by Janet:When the vicar decides to close the church choir since all the men have gone to war, the women of Chilbury go rogue and form their own women-only community choir. These assorted women find the support, encouragement, and ...

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Posted on: April 5, 2017

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

by Kathleen Rooney

Reviewed by Amy:A woman in her mid-80’s leaves her New York City apartment on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, and begins walking the streets, stopping at her favorite restaurants and bars, and reminisces, with spot-o...

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

News of the World

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

Reviewed by Janet:Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd spends his days traveling post-Civil War northern Texas, performing readings from newspapers to citizens hungry for news of the world. He finds himself agreeing to return 10 year old Johanna, ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Just Another Jihadi Jane

Just Another Jihadi Jane

by Tabish Khair

Reviewed by Linda:This gripping novel explains far more clearly than any news story why young Islamic immigrants in the West might choose to give up their freedoms and turn to Isis for a sense of belonging. Thoughtful Jamilla and rebellious...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Sweetbitter

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by Stephanie Danler

Reviewed by Janet:In search of the rest of her life, Tess has fled to New York City and finds work as a backwaiter at a famous restaurant.  We are immersed in the richly described foodie world of wine, seafood, and tomatoes, al...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Valiant Gentlemen

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by Sabina Murray

Reviewed by Linda:Congratulations to local author Sabina Murray, whose newest novel was chosen as one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best Books of 2016! Utterly engrossing, the book follows the lives of three remarkable hist...

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Lilac Girls

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by Martha Hall Kelly

Reviewed by Janet:The daily life of Caroline, a New York socialite, would seem totally removed from that of Kasia, a Polish teenager, or Herta, on the verge of becoming a doctor in Nazi Germany.  Eventually brought together by...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

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by Julie Barton

Reviewed by Linda:A moving tale of how a soulful golden retriever helped to rescue a young woman from a severe depression.   At age 22, the author collapsed in her NYC apartment when mental illness brought on by unacknowledged chil...

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

The Wonder

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by Emma Donoghue

Reviewed by Janet:Having served as a nurse under Florence Nightingale, Lib Wright is taken aback when her current assignment doesn’t require her advanced skills. She has been brought to Ireland to merely observe an 11 year old gi...

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Posted on: February 8, 2017

Modern Lovers

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by Emma Straub

Reviewed by Linda:This entertaining domestic drama follows two families in Brooklyn during a year of surprising developments for the parents, Elizabeth & Andrew and Zoe & Jane. They have lived as neighbors since the break-up of their...

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Posted on: February 1, 2017

The Assistants

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by Camille Perri

Reviewed by Janet:Behind every powerful media tycoon is the executive assistant who makes things happen.  When an expense report mix-up presents Tina Fontana with the means to pay off her student loan debt in one fell swoop with n...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

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by Marina Abramovic

Reviewed by Mia:Marina Abramovic’s early life as the daughter of Yugoslavian communist war heroes sets the tone for a memoir filled with sardonic wit and driven by a work ethic that at times seems to push her beyond the limits...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Nora Webster

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by Colm Tóibín

Reviewed by Linda:A quiet novel of an ordinary life, which nonetheless keeps the reader spellbound. Nora Webster, an Irish mother of 4 children and young adults, learns to live anew after the death of her beloved husban...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Victoria

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by Daisy Goodwin

Reviewed by Janet:From the creator of the upcoming PBS presentation of Victoria comes a novel of the same name, tracing the young queen’s ascension to the throne and her reign before her marriage.  As this young, shelter...

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

The Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk across America

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by William Stolzenburg

Reviewed by Linda:When a large mountain lion was killed on a Connecticut highway in 2011, Americans were startled. When DNA analysis revealed that the 3-year old male had walked thousands of miles from its birthplace in South Dakota ...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

The Woman in Cabin 10

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by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Janet:Before dinner the first night at sea on an exclusive luxury cruise, Lo Blacklock, a travel writer, borrows some mascara from the woman in the cabin next door.  Later that night, Lo is awakened from an alcohol-enhance...

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

Dimestore: A Writer's Life

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by Lee Smith

Reviewed by Linda:Novelist Lee Smith knows how to tell a story. In this deeply moving memoir of her Appalachian childhood and subsequent departure from all that was familiar, she describes a lost world that we are all richer for knowing. As a ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2016

The Underground Railroad

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by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Janet:When Cora flees a Georgia cotton plantation with a fellow slave, she discovers that the Underground Railroad is an actual railroad.  Every station brings her to a new world along the route to the elusive freed...

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

All of Us and Everything

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by Bridget Asher

Reviewed by Linda:The three Rockwell sisters grew up doubting their mother’s claim that their father was absent from their lives because he was a spy, whose very presence might endanger them. Spoiler:  It was true, and t...

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

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by Louise Miller

Reviewed by Janet:When a Baked Alaska disaster forces pastry chef Olivia Rawlings to flee Boston, she never images that refuge with her best friend in rural Vermont would lead her to the Sugar Maple Inn and a new job.  Drawn into ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

by Jessica Winter

Reviewed by Linda:Jump in to this entertaining satirical novel along with Jen, a likeable New Yorker in her early 30s, her delightfully goofy husband Jim, and her two beloved best friends. Jen has a poorly defined job at a philanthropy fo...

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

The Book of Speculation

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by Erika Swyler

Reviewed by Janet:On the verge of losing both his home (perched on a cliff) and his job as a reference librarian (budget cuts), Simon’s life is shaken even further when he receives an old circus log book that mentions the name of ...

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Posted on: November 9, 2016

Charlotte

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by David Foenkinos

Reviewed by Linda:This award-winning French novel, composed as a prose poem, tells the heartbreaking life story of the brilliant artist Charlotte Salomon, who was killed by the Nazis at age 26. Salomon must, from a young age, overcome a ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi

Reviewed by Janet:Half-sisters Effia and Esi were born in different villages in 18th century Ghana, and they never know each other. Alternating chapters trace the generations of Effia’s descendants in Ghana and Esi’s in the...

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Posted on: October 26, 2016

Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia

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by Anne Garrels

Reviewed by Linda:Vladimir Putin has become a topic in the U.S. presidential election. Anne Garrels, longtime NPR foreign correspondent, believes that Americans have little understanding of why the Russian people are so loyal to him, despit...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

Before the Fall

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by Noah Hawley

Reviewed by Janet:Eighteen minutes after taking off from Martha’s Vineyard, a private plane headed for New York City crashes into the ocean. While a team of experts try to figure out what caused the crash, the survivors try to put ...

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

The Girls

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by Emma Cline

Reviewed by Linda:In this rich and insightful novel, Emma Cline has re-created the infamous Charles Manson cult as seen through the eyes of a young teenage girl. Evie, who is soon to be shipped off to boarding school by her distracted parents...

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Eligible

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by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reviewed by Janet:After her father’s heart attack, Liz Bennet comes home to Cincinnati to help out her parents, and meets Fitzwilliam Darcy, a neurosurgeon, at a barbecue hosted by the Lucases. Liz’s older sister, J...

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

Catastrophic Happiness

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by Catherine Newman

Reviewed by Linda:Wow, can Amherst resident Catherine Newman write! She elevates her tales of parenting two children into an art form. Required reading for new parents and for any parent wanting to recall that exhausting, messy, exhilar...

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Posted on: September 21, 2016

The Summer Before the War

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by Helen Simonson

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand comes a novel set in the early days of World War I. After the death of her father, Beatrice Nash finds a post as a Latin teacher in Rye on the coast of England. A...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Shelter

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by Jung Yun

Reviewed by Linda:This powerful novel, by Valley author Jung Yun, exposes the dark secrets hidden by an outwardly successful Korean American family living in a Massachusetts college town. The novel tells the story of Kyung Cho, a young husband ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

Life Without a Recipe

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by Diana Abu-Jaber

Reviewed by Janet:In this memoir, novelist Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and Birds of Paradise, looks at her life as a celebration of journeying without a map, of finding one’s own way through life in a way that may not m...

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

The Nest

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by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Reviewed by Linda:The adult children in the dysfunctional Plumb family have long looked forward to the date when they will finally receive the monies in their joint trust fund. Each of the four siblings in this entertai...

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Posted on: August 24, 2016

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris Cleave

Reviewed by Janet:The author of Little Bee brings World War II London to life in his newest novel inspired by his grandparents’ love letters. Mary North is assigned to be a teacher after she volunteers at the War Office, which is ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2016

Spill Simmer Falter Wither

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by Sara Baume

Reviewed by Linda:Language lovers, this novel will thrill you to the core with its sentences that taste and devour the gorgeous wildness of Ireland. The book takes us on a journey around that land in the company of two outcasts, one human and...

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

The Girl in the Red Coat

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by Kate Hamer

Reviewed by Janet:Beth finds herself living every parent’s nightmare – her 8 year old daughter Carmel disappears while they are visiting an outdoor festival. Their separate stories are told in alternating sections as they ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Best Boy

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by Eli Gottlieb

Reviewed by Linda:If you enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, then you will welcome this moving, eloquent novel about Todd Aaron, an autistic man of 50 who lives in a progressive institution. Sensitively told from Todd&...

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

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by Helen Oyeyemi

Reviewed by Janet:From the author of Boy, Snow, Bird comes a collection of vaguely interconnected short stories, all of which have in common the theme of keys, literal and metaphorical. As doors, secrets, books, and boxes are unlocked, the...

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Posted on: July 20, 2016

Vanessa and Her Sister

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by Priya Parmar

Reviewed by Linda:I was mesmerized by this novel about the Bloomsbury Group, which is told from the perspective of the artist Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf. In 1905 in the London neighborhood of Bloomsbury, Vanessa and her three si...

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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by Phaedra Patrick

Reviewed by Janet:It’s the anniversary of his wife’s death, and Arthur Pepper diverges from his strict daily schedule to finally clear out her closet. Wedged in the toe of a boot, he finds an expensive piece of jewelr...

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Posted on: July 6, 2016

The Dogs of Littlefield

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by Suzanne Berne

Reviewed by Linda:In this comedy of manners, a bitter divide forms between dog owners and dog-less residents in a Massachusetts college town that sounds very similar to our own. Someone is poisoning the town’s dogs, and the regul...

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air

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by Paul Kalanithi

Reviewed by Janet:Paul Kalanithi was a promising young neurosurgeon on the verge of completing his residency. A talented doctor, he sought to connect with his patients as individuals, not merely problems to be fixed in surgery. Yet a diag...

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Posted on: June 22, 2016

Horrorstör

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by Grady Hendrix

Reviewed by Linda:This spoof of a horror tale takes place at the Ohio branch of an "Orsk" furniture store that greatly resembles a certain Scandinavian chain. The book is designed as a catalog with each chapter named after pieces...

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Posted on: June 15, 2016

The Little Red Chairs

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by Edna O’Brien

Reviewed by Janet:One dark night, a self-proclaimed healer and therapist named Vlad arrives in a small Irish town. The townspeople begin to welcome him into their community, but their idyllic village is turned upside down when his...

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Posted on: June 8, 2016

The Evening Spider

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by Emily Arsenault

Reviewed by Linda:Emily Arsenault, a Pioneer Valley resident, skillfully combines psychological suspense and true crime in her latest novel. A young mother named Frances is taken from her home and family, and confined to the Northampton ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

The Widow

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by Fiona Barton

Reviewed by Janet:Jean Taylor is plagued by the press after her husband is hit and killed by a bus, not because of his death, but rather because of the crime for which Glen was under investigation. Alternating between the aftermath of his d...

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Posted on: May 25, 2016

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

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by Sue Klebold

Reviewed by Linda:The mother of Dylan Klebold--one of two perpetrators of the Columbine High School massacre--the author has spent the past fifteen years recalling every detail of her child’s life trying to comprehend how he became...

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Posted on: May 18, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

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by Helen Ellis

Reviewed by Janet:These delightful short stories will definitely make you smile – and maybe even laugh out loud. From a war conducted via email about a co-op’s shared hallway to the unusual requirements for joining a book...

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Posted on: May 11, 2016

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

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by Lauret Savoy

Reviewed by Linda:Mount Holyoke professor Lauret Savoy, a scholar of environmental studies and geology and a woman of mixed heritage, writes lyrically of the American landscape and its troubled past. Which inhabitants of the land are rememb...

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

The Night Watch

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by Sarah Waters

Reviewed by MiaSarah Waters excels at revisiting iconic moments in British history and presenting these eras through unique viewpoints. In The Night Watch, she tells her story of London during WWII backwards, weaving together the lives of s...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

The Lake House

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by Kate Morton

Reviewed by Janet:During a Midsummer’s Eve party in 1933, 18 month old Theo disappears from his nursery and is never found. Seventy years later, Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow, on leave from the London force, is visiting her gra...

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Posted on: April 20, 2016

The Clasp

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by Sloane Crosley

Reviewed by Linda:A debut novel from the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Crosley writes entertainingly about 3 sophisticated twenty-somethings who are old college buddies. All are dissatisfied with their work and love live...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Primates of Park Avenue

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by Wednesday Martin

Reviewed by Janet:This engaging and humorous memoir looks at the mothers of the Upper East Side of New York City from an unusual perspective. The author brings her expertise in anthropology and primatology to this habitat, and analyzes ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2016

Alice in Bed

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by Judith Hooper

Reviewed by Linda:In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction it wasn’t hysteria that kept brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, s...

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton

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by Elizabeth Strout

Reviewed by Janet:Readers have been eagerly awaiting this new title from Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout, and here it is! During an extended hospital stay, Lucy Barton awakes to find her mother in the bedside chair. After...

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Posted on: March 23, 2016

Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

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by Julianna Baggott

Reviewed by Linda:Congratulations to Julianna Baggott of Amherst on her latest bestselling novel. Named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and widely praised by reviewers, the novel introduces us to three generations of women, fr...

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

The Japanese Lover

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by Isabel Allende

Reviewed by Janet:While working in the Lark House nursing home, Irina becomes intrigued by the mysterious letters and gifts that resident Alma Belasco receives, never imagining a secret love affair that began over 70 years ago. As Alma&am...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Between the World and Me

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by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reviewed by Linda:The latest winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction, Between the World and Me takes the form of a father’s passionate letter to his son about racism in America. Although a short book, the devastating ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2016

The Witches: Salem, 1692

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by Stacy Schiff

Reviewed by Mia:If you have ever lived in Massachusetts or studied early American history, the story of the paranoia that swept through Salem in 1692 is hardly new. Rather than pointing to psychological causes that may have influenced the v...

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Fates and Furies

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by Lauren Groff

Reviewed by Janet:This is the story of Lotto and Mathilde over the course of their life together, from the lean years after college to later successes. Halfway through the book, the perspective shifts and disparate story threads come togeth...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Memories

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by Lang Leav

Reviewed by Cyndi:Lang Leav combines the best poems from her two previous publications in new ways alongside her latest work to create her most evocative book to date. Leav’s poems embody rather than express the complex emotions and ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2016

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance

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by Jonathan Evison

Reviewed by Linda:Harriet Chance, age 78 and recently widowed, embarks on an Alaskan cruise that she was surprised to learn had been booked by her husband. On board, amid the overwhelming buffets and with views of stunning glaciers, she ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

The Girl in the Spider's Web

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by David Lagercrantz

Reviewed by Janet:For those who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander’s story continues here as Stieg Larsson’s trilogy is carried on by a new author. Journalist Mikael Blomquist stumbles upon a ...

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Erratic Facts

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by Kay Ryan

Reviewed by Cyndi:Kay Ryan’s latest book of poetry, Erratic Facts, is a real gem: small in size, multi-faceted, and a rarity to be treasured. Her poems are small and narrow, but that is a clever visual deceit as the reader can quickly...

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Posted on: January 20, 2016

Miss Emily

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by Nuala O’Connor

Reviewed by Linda:Just when we think we are familiar with Emily Dickinson and her family, along comes Irish writer O’Connor with a refreshingly new perspective. In this eloquent historical novel, Emily is viewed throug...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

In a Dark, Dark Wood

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by Ruth Ware

Reviewed by Janet:It’s been 10 years since Nora has seen Clare, her best friend from school. So it’s with great surprise that she is invited to attend Clare’s bachelorette celebration. Yet once there, secrets rank...

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Twain's End

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by Lynn Cullen

Reviewed by Cyndi:Set at the end of Mark Twain’s life, this novel features the fictionalized account of Twain’s relationship with his secretary, Isabel Lyon. Based loosely on Lyon’s diary and Twain’s w...

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Posted on: December 30, 2015

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

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by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

Reviewed by Linda:This account of one of the most heroic rescues of all time will thrill readers who enjoyed The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger. In 1952, one of the worst nor’easters of the century hit N...

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Posted on: December 23, 2015

Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

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by Glenn Kurtz

Reviewed by Janet:In 1938, David Kurtz filmed parts of his trip to Europe for a family film. In 2009, his grandson Glenn found the old film and became intrigued by the segment on a Jewish community in rural Poland. This memoir traces the jou...

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Posted on: December 16, 2015

The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

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by Nancy Mitford

Reviewed by Mia:Nancy Mitford’s writing career took off in the 1920s and 30s as she satirized the English country society of her youth. These two witty novels based on her own eccentric, interesting, controversial family depict t...

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

The Bishop's Wife

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by Mette Ivie Harrison

Reviewed by Linda:This intriguing novel takes the reader deep into the life of a Mormon family and especially its independent-minded wife and mother. Linda Wallheim struggles to fulfill her twin roles as homemaker and as unofficial c...

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

Balm

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by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Reviewed by Janet:Sadie, Madge, and Hemp find themselves in Chicago in the aftermath of the Civil War, each searching for something as they begin a new life. The emotional injuries suffered due to the war and its aftermath challenge...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

The Girl in the Dark

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by Anna Lyndsey

Reviewed by Roxanne:This memoir traces the development of Anna’s rare medical condition, which makes her intolerant of both florescent and natural light, and reveals how she combats the despair that fills her as she attempts to li...

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Posted on: November 25, 2015

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

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by Jonas Jonasson

Reviewed by Linda:This humorous tale, an international bestseller originally published in Sweden, revolves around the escapades of one Allan Karlsson, a centenarian who chose to escape from a nursing home and spend his birthday on the run...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

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by J. Ryan Stradal

Reviewed by Janet:Each chapter in this book brings a new food or ingredient into Eva Thorvald’s life – and her once-in-a-generation palate. From a tragic and challenging childhood, Eva’s spirit and resilienc...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

The Rocks

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by Peter Nichols

Reviewed by Linda:A novel of two love stories set decades apart on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Much of the plot takes place at "the Rocks," a seaside resort for upscale British tourists. Lulu, the proprietor, ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2015

A Little Life

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by Hanya Yanagihara

Reviewed by Janet:For readers who want to immerse themselves in the lives of four friends and the ebbs and flows of their relationships over the course of 30 years, this novel follows the daily lives of Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm. Ju...

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A History of Loneliness

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by John Boyne

Reviewed by Robin:Odran Yates, a Catholic priest in Ireland, is the narrator of this fictional story about his forty years in the Catholic church. Odran is satisfied with his priestly duties at a boys’ school, but when the Catholic ...

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The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics

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by Barton Swaim

Reviewed by Linda:English language lovers will devour this true story of an unlikely spin doctor: a newly minted PhD with a family to support and no academic job prospects who goes to work for his state’s governor. Here he hopes t...

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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

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by Vendela Vida

Reviewed by Janet:A trip to Morocco goes off track when her backpack is stolen from the hotel lobby. Without her identification or money, she is free to become anyone she chooses. When a chance encounter with a Hollywood actress provides a ...

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