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Trash Can Days

Trash Can Days

A debut YA novel by whiz kid Teddy Steinkellner, Trash Can Days is an authentic slice of life as told by Jake Schwartz, whose trepidation facing middle school is well-founded; his older sister, Hannah, dominating, cool and definitely part of the in crowd; his best friend, Danny, who has grown up over the summer — [...]

Honeymoon with My Brother

Honeymoon with My Brother

Franz Wisner doesn’t start out to travel the world. He starts out to get married. To say his bride leaves him at the altar is close enough—with the wedding and honeymoon planned and paid for, a few days before the big day she says, “I can’t go through with it.” Franz’s pals buck him up. [...]

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things

Forget whatever you knew about Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love) and prepare to fall in love with this unlikely novel about a nineteenth century scholar of mosses, Alma Whittaker, and her strange, compelling, complex life. Born into privilege in a great house on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Alma is brilliant, tall and plain-featured. [...]

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

I had just set aside a novel that didn’t merit my time. (Okay, I threw it aside.) Then I picked up Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, a blockbuster novel of 2012, and from page one I knew I could relax into expert hands. Gone Girl is one of those un-put-downable books that keeps you reading with [...]

The Dead Hour

The Dead Hour

Paddy Meehan is shite. Or rather, she feels like shite after she’s eaten a half a bag of lemon bonbons, which she’d bought for her mother to eat on their way to see The All Priests Holy Roadshow, and she feels like shite after she goes a round, tumbling with a polis in his very [...]

Skios

Skios

Michael Frayn, the author of the hilarious play Noises Off, has created the ultimate beach novel that is just begging for Hugh Grant to option it and turn it into a non-singing, all-charming summer movie. Set in the days before the internet gave us all instant access to everyone’s personal data, including photos, floppy-haired, feckless [...]

The Cutting Season

The Cutting Season

Add another thoughtful, compelling look at American slavery to 12 Years a Slave and the Ani DiFranco/Nottaway conversation and cancellation: Attica Locke’s perceptive mystery novel, The Cutting Season. Set in the present day, but haunted by the past, The Cutting Season features a conflicted modern black woman, Caren Gray, who has returned to Louisiana to [...]

Motherland

Motherland

Motherland follows the trials of a German family during World War II, which springs from the experiences of the author Maria Hummel’s grandfather. The story is fiction, with a backbone of palpable truths. Liesl is a young woman who has married Frank Kappus, a doctor and newly widowed with three boys, the youngest a baby. Before [...]

Leaving Everything Most Loved

Leaving Everything Most Loved

Jacqueline Winspear’s newest addition to the Maisie Dobbs saga, Leaving Everything Most Loved, is a continuation of the norm and of the magical life born out of tribulation and toil that we fans follow. Maisie is the daughter of a simple man who long ago lost his beloved wife and the mother of his only [...]

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

I rarely read the same book twice and I don’t always read the latest thing. I like snooping around independent book stores for new and used treasures. I read everything from classics to junk (only the finest junk, of course). But the most recent treasure I discovered was on my own bookshelf. I’d read Ray [...]

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