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The Wartime Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250140715
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 10th, 2020

Set in the years prior to and during WWII, this fast and engaging read gives broad views of life on the home front, as well as deep insight into the all-out war between two sisters from Brooklyn who carry their childhood resentments into their adult lives. Much of the action is set in The Armory in Springfield, MA, which is now a museum. 

— Barb


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The Island of Sea Women: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501154867
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Published: Scribner - March 10th, 2020

Jeju Island is home to the legendary haenyeo - female divers who harvest the bounty of the sea and are the providers for their families. This multi-generational tale explores the fascinating diving culture, a touching friendship marred by conflict, and the tragedies that come from the occupations of the island. Lisa See gives us first rate storytelling as always!

— Julie

 


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Machines Like Me: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525567035
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Published: Anchor - March 3rd, 2020

McEwan looks at what makes us human by analyzing the depth of humanity of a robot. Charlie buys an Adam, a robot that not only can think and make money, but also love Charlie’s girlfriend, Miranda.  Adam, while partially developed by Charlie and Miranda, can also think for himself and he does what he thinks is right…and disaster occurs. An interesting perspective on humanity, government, and what we do for love. 

— Andie


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Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634666
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

Infused with the ethereal magic of a classic fairy tale, Gingerbread skates the line between fantasy and reality with charming agility.  Oyeyemi is a superbly talented storyteller, and she has crafted a darkly comic and modern work out of familiar and traditional influences, expanding a family saga into a playful and strange tale of identity.  Like the gingerbread that the Lee women bake from a generations-old family recipe, this novel will fill you with everything you need from it, even if you have no idea quite what that is.

— Kelly


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Women Talking Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

This incredible novel, based on true (and truly horrifying) events, has taken a nuanced and thoughtful look at the complex aspects of women's lives that they weigh as they make decisions about how to balance their responsibilities- to themselves, to the safety of their children, to their community, and to their faith.  While the writing is superb, what is truly impressive about this work is the humor and humanity amid tragedy that Toews lends to her characters and their discussions.  You'll be left contemplating the many facets of both justice and love long after you've finished reading.

— Kelly


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My Lovely Wife Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451491732
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Published: Berkley - March 3rd, 2020

When their marriage becomes boring, Millicent and her husband create a very different date night. With dark humor, reminiscent of a Coen Brothers’ film, this novel of murder and psychological suspense has so many twists and turns that you will not be able to put it down!

— Marilyn


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Lost Roses: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524796396
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 3rd, 2020

Inspired by true events, this prequel to Lilac Girls definitely stands on its own.  In 1914, from St. Petersburg to Southampton, NY - Three remarkable women, and their ability to survive revolutions, help immigrants, and stand up for justice, make this a heartbreaking and riveting story of perseverance and love. 

— Barb


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K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101970850
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Published: Anchor - March 3rd, 2020

Here we are, halfway through the season, and without this book I would still be trying to figure out the difference between these pitches - Curveball? Slider? Cutter? Whaaat? Drawing from the master of the pitch, here is baseball on the mound and 60ft ahead at the plate. Not a how-to but a what to look for, this book is fun and full of great history. I am still befuddled, but at least I know what I don't know. 

— Nancy


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

With the pace of a gripping crime novel, this comprehensive, meticuously researched account of the troubles in Northern Ireland begins with the 1972 abduction of Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10. The author interviews several individuals involved in the conflict who candidly discuss years of bombing campaigns, killings, and hunger strikes, getting to the heart of their political and ideological motivations.

— Marilyn


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Late in the Day: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062476708
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 18th, 2020

As my first exposure to Tessa Hadley's writing, Late in the Day engrossed me completely.  Centering around four longtime friends, whose lives are enmeshed in ways revealed as the novel progresses, Hadley captures all the messiness and complexity of long-shared histories.  Her fantastic writing gives life to each character as she compellingly reveals their past and present circumstances and weaves a story of choice, loss, and change that you won't be able to put down.

— Kelly


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The Study of Animal Languages: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525557456
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Published: Penguin Books - February 18th, 2020

If a novel can be scholarly, this one is! What happens when two ambitious, married academics who study communication can’t talk or hear each other anymore?  Well…there’s silence, chaos, hilarity, heartbreak, and madness — sometimes all at once. Mix in a challenging parent and a bird on the loose, and you’ll be in the middle of scenes that unroll like a movie. I was mesmerized.

— Kathy W.


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The Priory of the Orange Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635570304
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

Excellent (standalone) epic fantasy with a Queendom, dragons, good storytelling, and interesting, diverse characters. Perhaps because of the light Arthurian feeling to Virtuedom, and the strong-willed female characters, this reminded me occasionally of The Mists of Avalon. I had trouble putting it down, despite the immense size, and spent much of one day reading the second half because I needed to know how it ended! 

— Lindsey


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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

When it comes to exploring the complicated nature of human relationships, there is no better writer than Sally Rooney.  Able to perceptively reveal brutal truths about love, pain, growth, and the things we do for appearances, her novel Normal People is a sharp and transfixing look at the evolving relationship between Marianne and Connell, two students who can't seem to want to disentangle their lives through years of shifting circumstances.  Rooney writes with a particularly visceral intimacy between her characters, and she has left me with what is sure to be my favorite book of the year.

— Kelly


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Garden by the Sea Cover Image
By Mercè Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781948830089
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Published: Open Letter - February 18th, 2020

This is set in the mid 1920's at a lovely older villa on the Spanish coast purchased by a wealthy young couple and modernized.  But the best part of the house is the garden, with a gardener- a place of comfort and calm.  Despite the peccadillos and regrets of the owners and their new neighbors, the garden remains a refuge, and the gardener a haven from modern distractions. Charming and lovely.

— Nancy


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kaddish.com: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525434054
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Published: Vintage - February 11th, 2020

A movie version is a must! Funny and serious all at the same time. Here is the question... What would you choose? Duty or the easy way out? Our main character chooses the easy way out and spends years coming to terms with his decision. Great characters and at times laugh out loud funny. I loved this book.

— Karen


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At the Wolf's Table: A Novel Cover Image
By Rosella Postorino, Leah Janeczko (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250179166
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 11th, 2020

A fascinating novel based on the untold story of the women who were recruited to be Hitler’s food tasters. Rosa Sauer and nine other women are forced to eat three meals a day in Hitler’s secret headquarters (known as The Wolf’s Lair, or Wolfsschanze) to ensure the food intended for him hasn’t been poisoned. A sisterhood forms among the women as they fight to prove their loyalty to Hitler and to survive their next meal — a meal that could kill them! Already an international bestseller, At The Wolf’s Table is Rosella Postorino’s first English-translated novel and I can’t wait for her next one!

— Sue


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

Irresistible: the characters, the story, the style. The Six is the hottest band around and Daisy is either their deliverance or their ruin. Written like a 1970's in-depth Rolling Stone article, Daisy Jones and the Six is a page turner. Like I said, irresistible! 

— Sharon


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Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525436461
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Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2020

At first glance, the premise of this novel is simple enough, but the use of sound, images, and language makes it anything but. As the family's road trip collides with an immigration crisis at the border, the novel becomes a meditation on a failing marriage, colonialism, and children - both our own and those of others - who have lost the right to a childhood. A timely book that has been called revelatory and stunning. 

— Roxanne


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The Scent Keeper: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250622624
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 4th, 2020

Magical and heartbreaking, this enchanting coming-of-age story takes place off the coast of British Columbia.  How do certain scents evoke specific memories? Emmeline's unique talents will be challenged when her sheltered world falls apart and she must face the real world.

— Barb


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Woman 99 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492693710
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - February 4th, 2020

Never underestimate the power of a woman who wants to protect her sister, who runs from an arranged marriage, or who follows her heart.  Woman 99 is a historical thriller that challenges the reader to know who is sane and who isn’t in Goldengrove Asylum.

— Andie


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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781501134630
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 4th, 2020

The true story of one of the earth's greatest disasters told in full for the first time. A lesson on how hubris and greed can lead us down the path of total destruction. Riveting science and history for any reader. 

— Andrew


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From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501187667
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 4th, 2020

While studying in Florence, Tembi Locke - a black woman from East Texas - falls in love with a chef from Sicily. Facing many obstacles, their relationship is an incredible tale of family, belonging, compromise, resilience, undying love, and delicious cuisine. Check out the recipes in the back of the book. This is a beautiful memoir brimming with hope and inspiration - I look forward to her next book!

— Barb


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James has given us a new essential read in fantasy. The first book in a trilogy, it stands tall next to Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings in scale and quality. Epic and original. 

— Andrew


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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525434030
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

Dani discover she is a product of artificial insemination. She finds her biological father and learns the secrets of so many experiences with her mother and father.

— Andie


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White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062857767
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Published: Ecco - January 28th, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel about a seemingly idyllic D.C. suburb threatened when a monstrosity of a house, “the White Elephant," is constructed and a neighbor’s beloved maple tree is cut down on purpose. Feuds, protests, and more felled trees ensue as the inhabitants of this charming neighborhood join forces (or not) to preserve it. You’ll find yourself cheering for all of the dysfunctional, dynamic and relatable characters in this story. I did!

— Sue


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Freefall: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062874849
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 21st, 2020

A nail-biting thriller showcasing a mother’s unconditional love for a daughter two years estranged, and a feisty heroine who will do whatever it takes to survive and make her way home. Barry’s debut thriller is a rollercoaster ride of emotions that will leave you exhilarated and breathlessly waiting for her next book.

— Terri


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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316449434
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Published: Orbit - January 21st, 2020

Surprise Ending!!  A realistic "after the cataclysm" trek through wild unknown lands to reclaim the family's stolen dog. Our young hero is besieged by both nature and human adversaries, but will stop at nothing to restore one of the only bonds of friendship left.  Pre-historical fiction at its best!

— Terri


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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316505093
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

As I read this touching debut, I constantly had to remind myself that it was a memoir.  Stephanie Land’s honesty about her struggles as a single, poor mother should make us all stop and think: think about how we truly may not know what is going on in someone else’s world; think about having to do whatever is necessary to make ends meet—and having the right to feel proud about it. 

— Lori


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Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501199622
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Published: Washington Square Press - January 14th, 2020

Author Evan James invites you to join the Widdicombe family as they take up summer residence in their island home on Puget Sound. This is a debut novel you don't want to miss. Filled with an unusual cast of characters, a summer of absurdities, and endless tomfoolery, Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe puts the uproar back into uproarious!

— Sharon and Matt


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Golden State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316505437
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 14th, 2020

In Ben Winters’ imaginative new book, California is now known simply as the Golden State. Lying is forbidden is in the Golden State, and every event, action, and conversation is “captured” and put on permanent record. The story follows an elite police division whose detectives have an innate ability to identify anomalies in the system, and a covert group of dissenters who set out to overthrow the state using (gasp!) lies! Part thriller, part mystery, with a dead body thrown in for good measure and voila! I enjoyed every minute of this book.

— Terri


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Daughter of Moloka'i: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250137678
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 7th, 2020

A standalone from Brennert’s novel Moloka'i, this book tells the story of Ruth, a strong-willed and courageous Japanese-Hawaiian girl. From Hawaii to the coast of California, between 1919 and the 1980s – this story drives home the importance of family and how perseverance can help us overcome all human injustices.

— Barb


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The Girls with No Names Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778308737
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Published: Park Row - January 7th, 2020

This story of two devoted sisters, one purposely getting committed to search for the other, and the strong young woman they meet to help them escape, will engage and haunt you. The Girls with No Names is based on the true horrors of the New York House of Mercy for "wayward girls" that forced abused young women into labor circa 1915.

— Barb


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The Girl He Used to Know: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250298874
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 7th, 2020

A new love story for a new age. You can’t help but fall in love with both Annika and Jonathan and what they won’t do for the ones that mean the most in their lives.

— Terri


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Would Like to Meet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525542315
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 3rd, 2019

This novel is an ode to all your favorite romantic comedies. The story is laugh-out-loud funny, filled with lively characters you'll be rooting for (or booing) from the beginning. Evie embarrasses herself all over London performing meet-cutes in order to convince an arrogant screenwriter that people can meet like they do in the movies. It very well might cost her her job and ruin her life, or it might be just the thing she needed to get her life back on track. 

— Becky


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Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525622116
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 3rd, 2019

This charming book tells of hard scrabble Depression era America through the story of L. Frank Baum's wife, Maud.  Wizard of Oz fans will delight in finding the inspirations of the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. As an added treat, Judy Garland plays a big part. Loved this!

— Sharon


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American Dialogue: The Founders and Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172479
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Published: Vintage - November 26th, 2019

“The study of history is an ongoing conversation between past and present from which we all have much to learn” - Joseph Ellis

Contemplate the views of our Founding Fathers on the role of the Supreme Court, the intent of the Second Amendment, the issues of slavery, Native Americans, and more.  Then compare their intent (or what we perceive to be their intent) with the state of our democracy today.  A timely, educational, fact-filled, thought-provoking, and sometimes unsettling read.

— Gail


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The Patch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250234889
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Published: Picador - November 19th, 2019

A collection of essays never seen before in book form, John McPhee has curated for us a kind of memoir. With essays from throughout his life, America’s bestknown writing teacher collects fishing, travel, celebrities, and other topics into an “album quilt.” A writing legend looks back.

— Brian 


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Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders (A Woman of WWII Mystery #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984805805
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Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2019

I can’t imagine a pleasanter read then this mystery. Arlen has a wonderful way with words and brings alive the day to day life of a small village in England (I am so ready to move to Little Buffenden!) and its unique inhabitants, each brimming with character. Especially Poppy, who is intelligent but down to earth; passionate but sensible. And I adore her stalwart dog, Bessie.  However, there is still plenty of tension with not only the war, but two murders. I was sad to leave this book when it was done and have yet to pick up another!

— Susan


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Bowlaway: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062862860
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Published: Ecco - November 5th, 2019

Bowlaway may be one of the strangest books I've ever read.  Very much in the mode of John Irving's The World According to Garp. I was, frankly, riveted. 

— Sharon


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Forever and a Day: A James Bond Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062873620
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - November 5th, 2019

Chronologically the first in the James Bond series, Forever and a Day is fun, fast-paced, exciting, and romantic. Set in the sun-soaked French Riviera in the years following the Korean War, the story begins with James Bond being promoted to MI6’s Double-O division after the murder of another agent.  Officially given a license to kill, 007’s first mission is to connect the dots between the murdered agent and a brutal Corsican drug syndicate.  In addition to pitch-perfect banter and a truly evil villain, Horowitz gives Bond fans everything they could possibly want: car chases and fight scenes, martinis and gambling, gunplay and foreplay. Ian Fleming would be proud.

— Brian


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An Anonymous Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250133755
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 5th, 2019

This brilliantly written psychological thriller will grasp you so tightly you will find it impossible to put down. These two authors have done it for me once again. For those who loved The Wife Between Us, you will positively love this book. I enjoyed the countless plot twists thrown at me just when I thought I knew what was going to happen. This is the must-read novel of 2019! 

— Dylan


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The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984668
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 5th, 2019

Do you want to escape into an amazing story that reads like science fiction and feels just a little too real? Kind of like dreaming? To watch the impact of a highly contagious illness that spreads freely and leaves its victims asleep…but unable to wake up? Full of ethical dilemmas, beautiful writing, and the full spectrum of human behavior. This book haunted me! 

— Kathy W.


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Little: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525534334
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 22nd, 2019

Enchantingly macabre and delightfully original, Little tells the story of Anne Marie Grosholtz, a small girl who grows up through a tumultuous era of French history to become the legendary Madame Tussaud.  Edward Carey's imagining of Marie shines with wit and heart as the orphan encounters remarkable hardships, meets extraordinary members from Parisian society, and develops a growing passion for the eccentric artistry of creating wax figures.  And if that's not enough, the book adds to its many layers of charm by offering gorgeous illustrations throughout!

— Kelly


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Twice in a Blue Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501197420
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Published: Gallery Books - October 22nd, 2019

Tate gets what many of us don’t: a second chance at her first love, a chance for things to go right. People have been telling me to read Christina Lauren’s book for years – don’t be me, pick it up now. Her characters grab you from the first page and propel you through a smart and funny romance, even if it took fourteen years and the acting role of Tate’s career to make it happen.

— Becky


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Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062684738
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 15th, 2019

Both a relevant meditation on how we choose to view challenging ideas, from Darwinism to climate change, and an engrossing tale of the people who find themselves living in a disintegrating planned Utopia. We are somehow left with a story of joy, and even hope.

— Laura


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The Stranger Diaries Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358117865
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Published: Mariner Books - October 1st, 2019

Is it a ghost story laced with past and present mysteries, or a whodunnit with supernatural elements? Changing narrators, diaries, letters, and an embedded "literary classic" create a layered experience that will pull you in and keep you guessing until the very last page.

— Laura


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Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795935
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

What is it that creates the skills of leadership?  How do our life experiences  influence our ability to handle and effect opportunities and challenges that come before us?  Reviewing the lives of Lincoln, the two Roosevelts, and LBJ, Goodwin sets the stage for a discussion of how each rose to the challenges before them and led our country through some of our most important events. Very engaging, timely, and thought-provoking.

— Gail


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The Library Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

Start this book to examine the devastating 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and get hooked by one of the best true crime stories in a while. Finish this book because it will help you appreciate the history of American libraries and the important and changing role they play today. From the author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief, a unique slice of American history.

— Andrew


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The Great Alone: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250229533
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 24th, 2019

This story will consume your life.  Mother and daughter secretly flee Alaska’s natural beauty and supernatural wilderness as they are beaten and badly bruised.  Running from a crime as vast as Alaska’s frontier, I heard Cora and Leni continually question the durability of their love as a means to survive and prevail over human failings.  Enjoyed Hannah’s Nightingale? Here is your next read. 

— Faith


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A Spark of Light: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345545008
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 24th, 2019

Picoult demands her readers to question their own beliefs, to ask themselves:  How do I REALLY feel about this issue?  Her latest examines both sides of the pro-choice dilemma.  It opens with elevated drama and then works backward to cleverly illustrate each character's motivation.  A brilliant narrative on a controversial topic, you may be surprised to find yourself understanding the other side.

— Tricia


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Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

This charming but bizarre book layers thoughtful insights on modern society with a bleak sense of humor.  Keiko doesn't fit into the roles of society that she sees others slip into easily- for her, things make the most sense within the glass windows of the Smile Mart.  Her struggle to reconcile what she wants for her life with the pressures she feels to conform to expectations is relatable even as her circumstances are stretched to darkly comic ends.  An absolute gem of a book.

— Kelly


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The Devil's Half Mile: A Novel (Justice Flanagan #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765399144
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Published: Forge Books - September 17th, 2019

What started as a non-fiction look at Wall Street after the Panic of 1792, by economist Paddy Hirsch, transformed into a riveting noir crime novel. Hirsch weaves a gritty colorful sleuth and greedy financiers into the tension between immigrant Irish and the newly freed slaves. A twisty authentic portrait of NYC at a pivotal time, peppered with Irish slang and Wall Street gangsters! 

— Jamie


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The Real Lolita: A Lost Girl, an Unthinkable Crime, and a Scandalous Masterpiece Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062661937
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Published: Ecco - September 10th, 2019

If you have read Nabokov's masterpiece Lolita, but you have never heard of Sally Horner, you're in for a shock. This true crime literary detective story shows how a real life abduction may have hugely influenced what many consider to be the greatest novel ever written in English.

— Andrew


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Annelies: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735215313
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

In this sure-to-be divisive reimagining of history, City of Women author David Gillham asks readers: What would Anne Frank’s life have been like if she’d survived the Holocaust?  After much research from her diary, Gillham gives us an idea of how the Frank family struggled to live with trauma, fear, and grief.  Although difficult to read at times, this is ultimately a story of hope, forgiveness, and love.     

— Barb


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Crudo: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393357417
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019

A fascinating work of conceptual fiction, Crudo deftly combines an intriguing mélange of influences. The novel is a timely look at the everyday anxieties of today's world, taking inspiration from the author's own life and infusing it with quotes from the writings of '70s cultural icon Kathy Acker and excerpts from contemporary media sources (including Twitter). The result is a seamlessly integrated narrative that makes for a smart and exhilarating read.

— Kelly


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Fashion Climbing: A Memoir Cover Image
By Bill Cunningham, Hilton Als (Preface by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525558729
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

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In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781400034246
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Published: Vintage - September 3rd, 2019

Meet the Bogle family from Oregon, currently of the federal prison system. This fascinating and ultimately enlightening book explores the dark legacy of multi-generations of a family awash in crime. Since the family culture is permeated with the normalization of criminal activity, it’s hard to imagine how some might find the resolve to break away and live a normal life.

— Julie


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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525564102
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Published: Anchor - August 27th, 2019

An epic read rich in details for fans of House of Names and Circe. This is a haunting retelling of the familiar decades long war waged over, of all things, a woman. The story of Briseis, a voice that has gone unheard until now, brings to light the behind-the-scenes happenings of the Trojan War and the parallel events that almost lost the war for the Greeks.

— Terri


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Virgil Wander Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
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Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

Enger, who grabbed our hearts with PEACE LIKE A RIVER, is back with this captivating tale of a small, cold town filled with large, warm characters.  Full of whimsy and magic, yet held in place by a seamless narrative, Virgil Wander is the perfect read for escaping a busy, turbulent world.  Settle into a cozy chair and prepare to be enchanted!

— Sharon


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Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643131511
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 13th, 2019

Reading this captivating biography offered me incredible insight into THE supreme mystery writer. Her journey from young beauty to literary fame during the Edwardian era is fascinating. Of particular intrigue was her eleven-day disappearance in 1926! Find out what happened (maybe)!

— Julie


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The Verdun Affair: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501191770
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Published: Scribner - August 13th, 2019

Comparable to A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, Dybek depicts the brutalities of war, the complexities of love, and the lies and secrets which manipulate a world turned upside down by WWI. A mesmerizing story of immense losses and possible optimism.  You too will be shell shocked by Dybek's prose.

— Andie


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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101904213
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Published: Broadway Books - August 6th, 2019

I love spy novels, so getting inside the heart and mind of the greatest KGB spy was intriguing. But then I realized this is Vladmir Putin's KGB; their tactics for coercing co-operation are uncomfortably familiar. In this little-known yet important piece of history, a loyal spy turned traitor will inspire you, keep you turning pages, and leave you wondering "what if?"

— Jamie


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How Hard Can It Be?: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250086099
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 6th, 2019

I laughed so hard reading this book. Pearson has the rare ability to make serious things- losing interest in your marriage, returning to work at 50, raising children- absolutely hysterical. This is a absolute blast!

— Roxanne


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The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213906
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

A remarkable debut, this novel vibrates with heart and conflict.  Will loves Phoebe deeply, even in the face of her increasingly dangerous ties to an extremist cult, in which she tries to find the solutions to her grief.  The familiarity and depth of their fears, desires, and regrets touched me profoundly as the effects of loss, faith, and violence impacted their lives in increasingly stunning ways.  A powerful and brilliant work.

— Kelly


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

A slim but layered novel, this debut is full of suspense, satire, and wit.  Korede is becoming annoyed with her younger sister's habit of ending relationships via murder, but can't quite bring herself to say no when she's summoned to dispose of another body.  Impossible to put down once you've started, this wonderfully written and compulsively readable novel both delights and horrifies. 

— Kelly


The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224643
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Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2019

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The Floating Feldmans Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399586897
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Published: Berkley - July 23rd, 2019

Perhaps Annette Feldman’s idea to get the family together on a cruise ship for her 70th birthday was ill advised! Oh my goodness - I was laughing out loud as this clan’s secrets start to unfold in a hilarious and touching way. I love the revelation about the supposed “loser” brother. Truly a perfect summer read!

— Julie


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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451491879
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Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2019

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill will have you laughing out loud from start to finish. Nina Hill is one of the most hysterical, yet undeniably human, characters I have come across in fiction novels. Despite her multiple quirks, anxieties, and often guarded demeanor, Nina learns how to be simultaneously afraid and brave. She overcomes adversity through her self-deprecating humor and, of course, through her love for books. A fun and uplifting read! 

— Nicole


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City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250170590
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Published: Picador - July 2nd, 2019

The lure and consequences of corruption, so prominent in today’s headlines, become astonishingly similar in the confluence of cultures in 1930’s Shanghai. Told in a fitting noir style, I was mesmerized as these 2 men’s lives rose from nothing to the height of fame and corruption. Appalling and fascinating; perfect true crime!

— Jamie


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

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Where the Dead Sit Talking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641290173
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Published: Soho Press - June 4th, 2019

I was intoxicated by the lucid dream-like quality of this quiet, quirky novel. Native American culture infuses the pages of a moody coming of age story set to the albums of The Velvet Underground and The Sugarcubes. It brought me to the slower paced, soul searching days of being a lonely teenager, nostalgic. 

— Tonya


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The Lost Queen: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501191428
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Published: Atria Books - June 4th, 2019

Fans of The Mists of Avalon and tales of Camelot, this book is for you! Set in 6th century Scotland, it is the story of Queen Langoureth, twin sister of Lailoken, later known as Merlin. Signe Pike has done extensive research, and brings this beautiful, magical, but often cruel world to life. The first book in a planned trilogy. I, for one hope book two arrives soon!

— Marilyn


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Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

I believe A Gentleman In Moscow is without dispute a modern day masterpiece. Towles uses exquisite language to tell the story of Count Rostov, a charming and witty "man of intent", who is confined to a fabulous hotel in Moscow for all his days. But that doesn't stop the count from living a sumptuous and meaningful life and he, in turn,  graciously affects all the lives around him. I can't praise this book enough. Read it and be happy!

— Mary T


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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062678423
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

An unflinching homage to Hitchcock, this book screams for a film adaption.  Think Rear Window and Gaslight.  Settle in because this one's an all-nighter, nail-biter.

— Sharon