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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: 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: 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: 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: 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 republished, Haze’...

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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 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: 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 co...

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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: 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 mak...

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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, counseling other agoraphobics, and watching her neighbors. And drinki...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Caroline: Little House, Revisited

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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: 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: November 8, 2017

The Baker’s Secret

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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: 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 prisoner of war...

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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: May 4, 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 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, encourage...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

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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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