Posted on: May 4, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

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: December 7, 2016

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

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: September 6, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Everyone Brave is Forgiven

by Chris CleaveReviewed 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 how sh...Read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

American Housewife: Stories

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by Helen EllisReviewed 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 club, these sto......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

by Sara GruenReviewed by Janet:It's 1945, and Maddie has come to the Scottish Highlands from America with her husband and his friend, who are determined to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. Far from upper crust Philadelphia, Maddie must co......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Baking Cakes in Kigali

Baking Cakes in Kigali

by Gaile ParkinReviewed by Janet:A heartwarming story with a wonderful main character. Angel Tungaraza bakes cakes for special occasions. She has a gift, not only for baking, but of bringing people together and bringing hope into their lives. The sett......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

by Ann PatchettReviewed by Janet:An elegant dinner party in South America has a tragic end when rebel terrorists overtake the house and hold hostages, including a famed opera singer. During the lengthy hostage situation, unexpected relationships and b......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Delicious!

Delicious!

by Ruth Reichl Reviewed by Janet:Billie Breslin moves to New York City to take a job at Delicious!, a food magazine. Yet everything changes when the magazine abruptly closes, and Billie is kept on to answer phones and letters. A discovery in the archi......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Lotería

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by Mario Alberto ZambranoReviewed by Janet:Lotería is a Mexican game a little like Bingo, where 54 different cards are used, and riddles are used to refer to the images on them. Through memories of events associated with these cards, eleven year old L......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Red Rising

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown Reviewed by Janet:Darrow works underground, mining the helium-3 that will make the surface of Mars habitable for colonists from earth. In an oppressive society that color-codes its population, the Reds are at the bottom, yet are convin......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John MandelReviewed by Janet:The onstage death of actor Arthur Leander provides the opening act for a worldwide pandemic that brings about the collapse of civilization. As the novel traces the lives of a handful of people connected with A......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Circle

The Circle

by Dave EggersReviewed by Linda:A disturbing and gripping look at a future that is coming at us faster and faster. In his latest novel, the ever-creative Dave Eggers brings us inside a powerful Internet company called The Circle, and shows what a fasc......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Night Circus

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern Reviewed by Janet:Get ready to enter the magical world of the Night Circus, an incredible traveling show that appears without warning, enchants visitors with its amazing illusions, and then moves on. Two of the illusionists of the ......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project

by Graeme SimsionReviewed by Janet:Don Tillman is a socially challenged professor who decides it is time to marry. Being a researcher, he decides to use a specially designed questionnaire for the Wife Project, as he calls it. However, things go contra......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

The Truth According to Us

The Truth According to Us

by Annie BarrowsReviewed by Janet:Layla Beck is a writer for the Federal Writers' Project and paying lodger with the Romeyn family in Macedonia, West Virginia in the summer of 1938. Charged with writing the town's history, Layla finds herself drawn in......read more...

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

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

Three Minutes in Poland

by Glenn KurtzReviewed 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......read more...

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