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We Are All Good People Here: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451608915
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Published: Atria Books - August 6th, 2019

This timely novel follows two roommates from a women's college in the south in the '60s through the '70s and beyond. Despite their intense bond, their life paths, ambitions, and cultural awakenings progress at different rates and their friendship ebbs and flows accordingly. Susan Rebecca White skillfully examines the intricacies of female friendship amid the cultural shifts of the southern US in the late 20th century.


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Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328900234
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 16th, 2019

A shattered family, rampant drug use, a sense of hopelessness--Maureen Stanton's slide into delinquency feels as inevitable as the shadow cast by nearby Walpole prison. Only her innate intelligence and fierce independence keep her outside those walls despite her mother's predictions. Distinctly New England in setting, this straight-shooting and astutely observed memoir is spot-on with social and cultural references that will resonate with anyone who grew up in 1970's America.


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Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062898104
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

Already my favorite book of the year! This extraordinary coming-of-age tale is based on the author's own early life in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, where his beloved mother and stepfather were heroin dealers and his babysitter was a notorious prison escapee. Stubborn, charismatic and ever-resilient, Eli Bell is an unforgettable character. 


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In Pieces Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538763025
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 18th, 2018

This is the rare celebrity memoir in which the author's own voice resonates with clarity and truth. Self-reflective, insightful, and fiercely intelligent, Sally Field hits the perfect note as she unfolds the story of a naïve girl with a difficult family, struggling to forge her own path in a world that refuses to acknowledge her potential.  This candid and moving account deserves a standing ovation!  


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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

I absolutely love Heartland. Through her gorgeous writing, Sarah Smarsh manages to weave memoir, history and social commentary with a lyricism that is both tender and steely. Her focus on the women in her community is heartbreaking and important and she tells their stories with a delicate touch, full of respect, affection, and compassion.


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The Winter Soldier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

Lyrical, romantic, and at times heartbreaking, this is the moving story of an inexperienced medical student conscripted to a skeletal field hospital during the First World War. In this brutal crucible, Lucius learns what he is capable of -- hard work and determination, occasional heroism,  and, more often, human frailty.  Against a bleak background of wartime hardship, this is a magnificent tale of resilience, atonement, and love


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Invitation to a Bonfire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635571530
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 21st, 2019

A young Russian emigre falls under the spell of a venerable author who has taken a teaching position at the school where she works. Already enchanted by his writing, Zoya becomes infatuated by his attentions but fails to account for the machinations of Orlov's formidable wife, who is playing her husband while he plays Zoya. Inspired by Vladimir Nabokov's real-life marriage, and fraught with tension from the get-go, this novel is beautifully written and completely absorbing; I almost needed to take step back to avoid getting burnt!


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The Mercy Seat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802129611
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Published: Grove Press - April 16th, 2019

The Mercy Seat tells the haunting story of a sweltering summer weekend in a small Louisiana township, where a young man awaits execution in his jail cell and a traveling electric chair wends its way down the highway toward him. Short, exquisitely-drawn chapters describe the impact of this harrowing event on various members of the community. In her sparse, perfectly crafted prose, Winthrop conveys a powerful sense of place permeated with the dreams, tensions, disappointments, and secrets of the imperfect characters it contains. 


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Stray City: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062666697
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Published: Custom House - March 19th, 2019

Andrea leaves Nebraska and her small-minded family when she moves to edgy 1990's Portland, Oregon, where she finds a queer community which finally gives her a sense of belonging.  Life gets more complicated when she discovers that even that  group has its limits, particularly when Andrea finds herself drawn to a straight white male drummer.  Affectionately set against the backdrop of a free-spirited but gentrifying city, this is a charming story of figuring out home, love, and what it means to be a family.
 


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The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538759929
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 17th, 2018

When a beautiful young teacher is found murdered in a small Australian town, Detective Gemma Woodstock is confident that her own complicated past with the victim won't compromise her ability to solve the case.  She couldn't be more wrong! 


The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062666543
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 6th, 2018

In 1917, a freighter left NY laden with explosives intended for the trenches of France. Seeking refuge from German U-boats in Halifax harbor, it collided with a Norwegian relief ship which ignited its deadly cargo. The ensuing explosion levelled the city, killing and wounding thousands. The City of Boston immediately rushed in to help, transforming the dynamics of US-Canadian relations. Even now, a Christmas tree arrives on Boston Common each year as an expression of gratitude from Nova Scotia. Bacon gives a gripping account of a staggering but largely-unknown historical event.


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Hamlet Globe to Globe: Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127969
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Published: Grove Press - April 17th, 2018

In honor of the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth , the Globe Theatre in London mounted a production of Hamlet and sent it to every country in the world. Some audiences rolled out the red carpet and others understood no English and had never heard of the Danish prince. This beautifully-written and irreverent account of an extraordinary two-year journey across this crazy globe of ours celebrates the universality of a timeless story that resonates from refugee camps to opera houses.


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The Graybar Hotel: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501162305
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

This extraordinary book is unlike anything I've ever read. The author received his MFA in fiction writing but is now serving a life term in prison for murder. He writes about existence behind the walls of the "Graybar Hotel," his eloquent vignettes illuminating the complexity of retaining one's humanity under the worst of circumstances.


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Memory's Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316502603
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Published: Hachette Books - May 29th, 2018

Beautiful, intelligent, independent Gerda Saunders was diagnosed with dementia at age 61.  A South African immigrant and professor of Gender Studies, Gerda was trained as a scientist and approached her devastating diagnosis by recording field notes of her decline.  Her eloquent memoir brims with scientific and philosophical observations on memory, personality, and identity, and offers us an extraordinary inside look at her deeply personal experience of losing the intellectual capacity that so defines her. What a remarkable memoir!


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Salt Houses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328915856
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2018

This graceful and timely novel follows Alia and her family through a series of displacements, from Palestine to Beirut and on to Paris and Boston. Despite heartbreak and misfortune, powerful family bonds help each generation reconnect and create a sense of home wherever the vagaries of war and life deposit them.
 


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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911532
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

Do you remember hearing about Christopher Knight,  the hermit who was caught in the Maine woods after living outdoors for twenty-two years?  It turns out he was only a few miles from home and a few yards from the very cabins he was raiding for supplies! This book tells the incredible story of why he chose to disappear from the world,  how he survived on his own for so long, and what has happened to him since. I couldn't put it down!


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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist delivers another compelling twist on life in the Middle East. This time, a desperate young couple abandons home and family, escaping a war-torn city by way of hidden doors that rumors promise will lead to a better life.


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Swimming Lessons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040935
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Published: Tin House Books - January 9th, 2018

When Flora and Nan return to their childhood home to tend to their elderly father, hidden letters from their long-vanished mother reveal a very different family from the one they thought they knew. Fuller spins a gorgeous tale of suspense, deceit, duty, guilt, forgiveness, and love.


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The Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399184529
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017

This sharply-observed debut novel about family and friendship is narrated Greek chorus-style in the single voice of elderly church women.  They wisely observe the triangle of relationships between three unforgettable young people in their community, two of whom are grieving the loss of their own mothers.  Brit Bennett is an exciting new storyteller!


The Versions of Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544947276
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

When Eva and Jim have a chance encounter in Cambridge, do they meet and fall in love, barely notice each other, or become intrigued but feel duty bound to honor prior commitments?  Each outcome produces a vastly different story but with some intriguing similarities.  As Barnett plays with fate, destiny and choice in this effortless journey in three simultaneous versions of Eva and Jim's lives, we are completely drawn in to each story and the inescapable results of choices made along the way.


Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062391520
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Published: William Morrow - July 14th, 2015

Absolutely wonderful!  This whimsical collection of poems by Sox announcer Dick Flavin will move baseball fans of all ages to laughter and tears.  Be sure to recite them out loud!


Descent: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204778
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 2015

I got completely caught up in this unnerving, lyrically-written story of imperfect people coping with unimaginable circumastances.


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The Casual Vacancy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316228589
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 23rd, 2013

J.K. Rowling tells a gritty, modern story of very ordinary people in a very ordinary place under very ordinary circumstances. An unexpected death creates a "casual vacancy" on the parish council, and the local townsfolk jockey to fill it in order to serve their own interests. In the process, Rowling's intricately interrelated cast of characters, who for the most part behave very badly, win our affection if not our admiration, and make us care deeply about their modest lives.


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The Lifeboat: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316185912
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 8th, 2013

Grace is one of 39 passengers who escape a sinking ocean-liner onto an overcrowded lifeboat. On trial for murder as a result of her own choices, Grace describes the best and worst of human behavior under desperate conditions.


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The Snow Child: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

A middle-aged couple longing for a child of their own hope for a fresh start on the Alaskan frontier. The reader shares the couple's doubts and wonder when a wild but delicate child emerges from the wilderness and into their lives. 


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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

"How did she ever think of that?" I kept asking myself, as I luxuriated in the author's extraordinary descriptions of an enchanted traveling circus, crafted entirely in black and white, and open only from dusk to dawn. Amid tarot card readers, contortionists and acrobatic kittens, rival magicians engage in a deadly competition, leaving circus goers and readers unsure whether they are witnessing magic or merely magic tricks.


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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 2011

The Tiger's Wife is an exquisitely written first novel about a young female doctor in the Balkans, and the stories she learns from and about her beloved grandfather.


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Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385523394
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 8th, 2011

A searing, clear-eyed look at life inside a women’s federal prison. The author describes in detail the relationships and code of behavior among the female prisoners, none of whom have had her own advantages in life.