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Posted on: August 4, 2018

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Whats Not Yours Is Not Yours

by Helen Oyeyemi

Reviewed by Naya

Oyeyemi artfully plays with the short story form in both subtle and radical ways. Her descriptions are engaging, poetic, and often mysterious. The stories are short, but their worlds are expansive, their characters richly c...

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty

by Liane Moriarty


Reviewed by Amy

Sucks you in from the first chapter, making it very hard to put down.  Liane Moriarty is a master at creating compelling and complex characters.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Eligible

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by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reviewed by Ellen

This was a light, fun read - a modern telling of Pride & Prejudice.  I then read Pride & Prejudice after finishing Eligible and really enjoyed comparing the two versions.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

The Rival Queens: Catherine de Medici & Marguerite de Valois

Rival Queens

by Nancy Goldstone

Reviewed by Bonnie

You though you had a difficult relationship with your mother?  Catherine de Medici controlled everything about her daughter Marguerite's life, until Marguerite became Queen of Navarre.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

The Summer Before the War

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by Helen Simonson

Reviewed by GF

I can't remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish a book!  A wonderfully light read with a set of characters worth being invested in!

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

The Empathy Exams

Empathy Exams

by Leslie Jamison 

Reviewed by LPB 

Jamison is talented in her ability to capture emotions, even when in real life, they eclipse before we can make meaning out of them. A must read for anyone going into the medical field.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

If the Oceans Were Ink

If the Oceans Were Ink

by Carla Power 

Reviewed by VIS 

Carla Power, an American, studies the Quran with a madrasa-trained sheikh, Mohammad Akram Nadwi. The sheikh preaches the Quran's message of peace, respect for women, and religious tolerance.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Red Rising (trilogy)

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by Pierce Brown 

Reviewed by HD 

This first book had a really interesting premise. Unfortunately, by the third (and final) volume, it had too much unbelievable fighting (like an action movie script). But I did enjoy books 1 and 2!

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Bog Child

Bog Child

by Siobhan Dowd 

Reviewed by EA 

This book offers a snapshot of life on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic during the troubles in the 80s. It is a coming of age story with history lessons mixed in. I enjoyed the voice of the m...

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Read Bottom Up

Read Bottom Up

by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham 

Reviewed by Christine 

A breezy, easy to read book told in the form of emails and texts. A novel about relationships in the modern age. Not very deep, yet somehow revealing about men's and women's perceptio...

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Revolutionary Summer

Revolutionary Summer

by Joseph Ellis 

Reviewed by PL 

A well written book that details the military and political events between May and October 1776, the connection between the Continental Congress and the Continental Army.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

The Finest Hours

Finest Hours

by Michael J Tougias & Casey Sherman 

Reviewed by JH 

Overall, an enjoyable read about an amazing, if harrowing, set of experiences had by many unfortunates and fortunates on the unruly and unpredictable high seas off Cape Cod. Strong ...

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Close Your Eyes

Close Your Eyes

by Michael Robotham 


Reviewed by JL 

Another fine psychological thriller featuring Joe O'Laughlin. Dark & scary with unexpected twists.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

Anne's House of Dreams

Anne's House of Dreams

by Lucy Maud Montgomery 

Reviewed by JD 

Revisiting the Anne of Green Gables series for the first time since childhood was a real treat. The Anne books are truly timeless.

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Posted on: August 4, 2018

The Girls

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by Emma Cline 


Reviewed by Leanna 

A readable, subtly spooky book, recommended if you're feeling angsty, cynical, and rebellious.

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Posted on: August 2, 2018

Rain Reign

Rain Reign

by Ann Martin

Reviewed by Amy

This was one of the best books I have ever read.  I listened to it, which made the characters really come alive.  It was very moving without being sentimental.

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Posted on: August 2, 2018

The Geography of Genius

Geography of Genius

by Eric Weiner

Reviewed by VG

What do ancient Greece, Renaissance Florence, turn of the century (the previous one, that is) Vienna, and Silicon Valley have in common?  They all produced geniuses (Socrates, Leonardo, Freud, and Steve Jobs) who chang...

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Posted on: August 2, 2018

The Bayou Trilogy

Bayou Trilogy

bt Daniel Woodrell 

Reviewed by DM 

A reprint edition of Woodrell's first three novels, these stories are set n the fictional bayou town of St. Bruno. Pulpier than his later, more famous Ozark novels (especially Winter's Bone). Some rough ...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

The Island House

Island House

by Nancy Thayer 

Reviewed by Sandra 

A perfect summer beach read, especially while on Cape Cod. It needs a sequel. I became attached to the characters and want to know what happens to them.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA

Indentured

by Joe Nocera 


Reviewed by MJ 

A great read that exposes the NCAA's practices and how athletes are pushing back against a powerhouse.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Gitanjali

Gitanjali

by Rabindranath Tagore 


Reviewed by DK 

Collection of poems on love, religion, nature, and life. This book provides a refreshing world view.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by J.K. Rowling 


Reviewed by FS 

A great road trip read for adults and kids alike! Kept everyone's attention.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Maternity Leave

Maternity Leave

by Julie Halpern 

Reviewed by LS 

This book hit motherhood head on! Nothing like your first baby at home to turn your life upside down. Lighthearted but hits on some serious issues too.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

High Season

High Season

by Jon Loomis 

Reviewed by Rebecca 

Murder mystery set on Cape Cod. Former police detective from Baltimore arrives back in Provincetown and has various people turn up dead. He needs to find the connection in order to stay alive.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights

Translated by Husain Haddawy, based on the text of the fourteenth-century Syrian manuscript

Reviewed by SK

Incredible book of literature. The translator preserves the original tales by providing thorough prologues and maps so the reader can appropriately co...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Love That Boy

Love That Boy

By Ron Fournier 

Reviewed by MB 

This true story of a dad's understanding and acceptance of his autistic son is very relatable. All parents can have a fresh perspective from this story about valuing the people in front of us rather than th...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

A Home at the End of the World

Home at the End of the World

by Michael Cunningham 

Reviewed by Nicole 

This has been one of my favorite books since I read it a decade and half ago. Though less perfect than some of Cunningham's later novels, it has an appealing youthful rawness. The lyrical language...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Homegoing

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by Yaa Gyasi 

Reviewed by Claudia 

A fascinating and moving epic novel that traces 2 branches of a family through the generations. It was especially interesting to learn what life was like in the parallel time periods in the 2 locations, G...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Borden Chantry

Borden Chantry

by Louis L'Amour 

Reviewed by Julie 

This book is by famous American author Louis L'Amour, who wrote about the settling of the west. This book exemplifies heroes of noble character, fighting for a good life despite incredible savage and be...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Street of Eternal Happiness

Street of Eternal Happiness

by Rob Schmitz 


Reviewed by UP 

A great look at contemporary urban China through the eyes of an American journalist and the people who live on his street in Shanghai.

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Peterchens MondFahrt (Peter's Trip to the Moon)

Peterchens Mondfahrt

by Gerdt von Bassewitz 

Reviewed by Annette 

The German equivalent of our Wizard of Oz, written in 1912. The story is a journey - to help a beetle find his missing leg, which was on the moon. Sometimes predictable, often poetic, the story ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Devil and the Bluebird

Devil and the Bluebird

by Jennifer Mason-Black

Reviewed by Saadia

An intriguing tale that twists an old story, providing a strong female protagonist, rich characters, and a hauntingly mysterious atmosphere, right from the very first page.

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Hungry Hill

Hungry Hill

by Carole O'Malley Gaunt


Reviewed by Marie

Vivid account of a family who lost first one parent to cancer, then one to alcoholism, yet managed to keep going.

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Perfume: The Story of a Murder

Perfume

by Patrick Süskind

Reviewed by NM

A truly unique story, sensually focused on the themes of scent and identity.  The book highlights the power and danger of envy, desire, and all-consuming love.  A unique read.

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

I've Got Your Number

Ive Got Your Number

by Sophie Kinsella


Reviewed by MEA

Classic, fun chick-lit!  Sophie Kinsella again gets me to care deeply about one of her somewhat ditzy, but surprisingly resourceful, heroines.

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Posted on: July 13, 2018

Joy of Cooking

Joy of Cooking

by Irma S. Rombauer


Reviewed by anonymous

Great for trying new recipes.  My favorite is the strawberry shortcake!

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