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The Family Upstairs: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501190117
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Published: Atria Books - June 2nd, 2020

I loved this mystery! I felt addicted the minute I read about the surprise inheritance. There’s an unsolved crime, lots of connecting characters, cult-like groups and family secrets. Lots of twists and turns with so much suspense, you won’t want to put it down, Great Read!


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What's Left of Me Is Yours: A Novel By Stephanie Scott Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525565512
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Published: Anchor - June 22nd, 2021

"Each chapter of this enrapturing novel is elegantly brief and charged with barely contained emotion." —New York Times Book Review


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Anxious People: A Novel By Fredrik Backman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160844
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 6th, 2021

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, the new novel from the author of A Man Called Ove is a “quirky, big-hearted novel….Wry, wise and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure” (People).

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The Woman Before Wallis: A Novel of Windsors, Vanderbilts, and Royal Scandal By Bryn Turnbull Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778361022
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Published: Mira Books - July 21st, 2020

"Brimming with scandal and an equal amount of heart...a sweeping yet intimate look at the lives of some of history's most notorious figures from Vanderbilts to the Prince of Wales...


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The Talented Miss Farwell: A Novel By Emily Gray Tedrowe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062897718
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Published: Custom House - August 24th, 2021

Catch Me If You Can meets Patricia Highsmith in this “stylish” (New York Times Book Review) page-turner of greed and obsession, survival and self-invention that is a piercing character study of one unforgettable female con artist.


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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family By Robert Kolker Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562641
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Published: Anchor - March 2nd, 2021

An amazing story and emotional journey. Six of 12 children born to the Galium family b/n 1945 and 1965 were diagnosed with schizophrenia. It’s nonfiction with reads like fiction. The Galvin’s were one of the fist families studied by Nat’l institute of mental health so there's lots of medical and scientific info included. It’s heartbreaking yet an eye opener.


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Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021


I couldn’t wait for this because I loved King’s novel Euphoria. This is very different from her earlier historical novel but it captures the history of Casey, a young writer, broke and lonely, and an out of control waitress. We witness her crisis but we sense the love and humor that surrounds her too. You will cheer for her. King does a great job describing Casey’s life and circumstances.


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel By Kate Elizabeth Russell Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062941503
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Published: William Morrow - March 10th, 2020

I loved this complicated story. Vanessa describes her childhood trauma at the hands of her high school English teacher, and refuses to believe it even as she retells the story. Was it love? Did she deserve it? Was it rape/abuse? It she damaged? Difficult at times yet thought provoking. Russel experienced a similar situation but says the story is totally fiction. Read Lolita along with this one!


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Sea Wife: A novel By Amity Gaige Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525566922
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021


Sea Wife is a good escape read. Juliet and Michael decide to live at sea with their 2 young children for a year. I do know never in a million years would I do that but it was an interesting voyage to take with them. Gaige dives into their marriage and prior lives and the story is told from Juliet’s perspective and Micheal's logbook. The story touches of life choices. Struggles, trauma, and survival. Our book club has a good discussion with lots of opinions. 


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The Glass Hotel: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525562948
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

Gorgeous, literary fiction! It’s a complex novel with intelligent twists. Both living with dead characters, all dealing with conflicts. The major character resembles Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. If you like a story with different viewpoints, dealing with the past and present and with a touch of magical realism, this is your next book!


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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

My book club loved this book. It’s dark, gory (really gory, at times) funny and snarky. It is about Southern Women. A book club with vampires… just like the title suggests. I thought about “the stepford wives” (for those that may remember the 1972 movie!) while reading. It’s intense but definitely fun too.


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Big Summer: A Novel By Jennifer Weiner Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781982186388
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Published: Pocket Books - July 26th, 2022

This looks like such a beach read with the title and cover. It is KIND OF; it starts out as one thing and then completely changes. Part chick lit, part mystery, part drama. It’s an exploration of friendship and self esteem. Step into the life of a social influencer who speaks to the plus size community and attends a wedding on the cape and be surprised. 


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Dear Edward: A Novel By Ann Napolitano Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984854780
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Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

Sad and heartbreaking but there’s hope and inspiration. The premise is based on a true story from 2010 of a boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash. It’s a coming of age story as Edward finds the strength to move on through life after losing his entire family. It’s not a sensationalized story- life can be rebuilt with hope and love.


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Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel By Rachel Beanland Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982132460
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

I chose this book to read because I love a story inspired by true events. Set in 1934, Atlantic city and based around the Adlers, a Jewish family whose daughter dies (not a spoiler- see book description) in the very beginning. I love the many narrators with each chapter we hear from all of them. It’s a family saga with secrets, sweet love, loss, loyalty and a look at how far we’ll go to protect our loved ones.


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel By Oyinkan Braithwaite Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

Dark, funny, quirky! Lots of sarcasm, sibling dysfunction and entertaining characters. The writing is satirical, fun and modern and it’s a short, quick read. It’s more about the sisters than he 2 serial killers. TRY IT- especially if you think you might not like it. I think you’ll be surprised.


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Trust Exercise: A Novel By Susan Choi Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Reread the title… why? Because this book is a trust exercise! It’s confusing and uncomfortable and probably out of your comfort zone- a good reason to read it. You must keep with it and read ‘til the end to understand it. There is the anguish of first love, the intensity of adolescence and a lot about telling the truth when storytelling. It’s thought provoking and a great book-club discussion book.


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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593157497
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 6th, 2021

This is EPIC storytelling! Allende, who certainly does her research, gives us a story of terrified refugees fleeing Spain after France’s victory in the Spanish Civil War. It’s an intimate journey involving a mock marriage necessary for survival organized by poet Pablo Neruda. Exceptional writing, a major history lesson and a love story. Immerse, yourself and enjoy!


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All Adults Here: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634697
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 4th, 2020

Astrid, matriarch of the Strick family, witnesses a tragic event and realizes life is short and needs to be lived honestly and authentically. From there we meet her very dysfunctional family. It’s engaging and touches on a lot of hot topics- sexuality, abortion, bullying, etc. It’s a story of life and how day in and day out we are all trying to figure it out.


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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

Set in the 50s- a gothic suspense. Main character, Noemi, travels to the mexican countryside to rescue her cousin who sent an urgent letter requesting help. Soon you’ll learn all about the Doyle’s of High Manor and all their alarming secrets. The writing is SO vivid and graphic you’ll want to read with the light on!


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Indian Horse By Richard Wagamese Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781571311306
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 10th, 2018

A beautifully written tough story about a Native American boy with a love for hockey and opportunities arise from that love.


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Valentine: A Novel By Elizabeth Wetmore Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062913272
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 2nd, 2021

Set in bleak west Texas oil fields, a beautifully written story of a rape of a hispanic girl and the secrets to protect true perpetrators- Tough but so worth the read- it’s that good.


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Tin Man: A Novel By Sarah Winman Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780735218765
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 9th, 2019

A lovely gem of a novel- a lonely young man, a marriage, a love affair between two friends, Tin Man is a really perfect quiet read.


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Run Me to Earth By Paul Yoon Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501154058
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 19th, 2021

Beautiful writing in a story where many of us know so little- set during the Vietnam War. Three children fight for their survival with such renacity and grace- so well done. I loved it.


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The Authenticity Project: A Novel By Clare Pooley Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984878632
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

Some books timing is just right. If ever there was a time for a feel good uplifting story it is NOW! A breath of fresh air! A 75 year old man leaves his story behind in a cafe in hopes of it being passed along with new authentic stories added to it. Strangers become connected and learn what it’s like to be really honest. Really pleasurable!