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Dear Life: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743725
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Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

I loved this (perhaps) final collection from Munro. The unpredictability of daily life, of love, desire and hope, the consequences of choices made or avoided, the families we choose. All universal themes, beautifully explored.


Life After Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616203221
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Published: Shannon Ravenel Books - November 5th, 2013

By turns funny, poignant, and wise. Set in a nursing home in the south, McCorkle takes on weighty themes in a light-hearted and loving look at very unique bunch of senior citizens.


Guests on Earth Cover Image
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Published: Shannon Ravenel Books - October 15th, 2013

What a lovely, engaging novel! Lee Smith is at her best in this story based on fact and set at the Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC. Zelda Fitzgerald is a frequent resident, but the star of the story is Evelina Toussaint, sent there at 13, after her mother's death.


The Casual Vacancy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316228589
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 23rd, 2013

I know the reviews were mixed, but this is one of the best "big" novels I've read in a long time! I hated for it to end. Loved it - start to finish! Transportive fiction with brilliantly drawn characters and bitingly funny critiques of the town bullies. I laughed out loud and was moved to compassion by the tragic ending. I want to go back to Pagford!


The Last Word Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451686661
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2013

Lisa Lutz' Spellman series just gets better! Izzy is now the sole owner of Spellman Investigations, and she's got trouble in the ranks. Her parents come to work in PJs; Rae has set up a "conflict resolution" businness; and Princess Banana, aka Sydney, is insufferable!


A Killing in the Hills Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250028754
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 11th, 2013

This is the first in a great mystery series by former Tribune writer Julia Keller. A very engrossing plot, set in West Virginia hill country, with some surprising twists. Great characters, interesting mother-daughter pair. Can't wait to read the new one!


Tigers in Red Weather Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316211321
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 18th, 2013

Perfect weekend reading! I loved the setting (Cape Cod), the time (post war 50s and 60s), and the characters (5 distinctive voices). It bristles with suspense! An unsolved murder, family jealousies, and the role of women in society add to the complexity.


Motherland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439158500
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 2nd, 2013

These people are a hot mess, and reading about their exploits and their consequences was absolutely delicious. Smart, snarky, and quite sexy. Perfect guilty pleasure reading.


Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300124347
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Published: Yale University Press - January 8th, 2013

Currently enjoying! Eslanda-What a woman, and what interesting times she lived through! Politically and artistically, Essie was an internationalist, criss-crossing the globe, speaking, writing, and listening to the oppressed. She is a mid-20th century Eve Ensler.


Carry the One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451656930
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2012

Hurray! What we Anshaw fans have been waiting for: an original and compelling story laced with her trademark wit, complex characters both straight and gay, and the opportunity to view their lives over the course of decades as they deal with a tragedy that binds them together. Unforgettable!


The Sunshine When She's Gone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805096620
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 5th, 2013

The Book of My Lives Cover Image
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 19th, 2013

Little Known Facts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608199587
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - February 12th, 2013

Sneed explores what it's like these days to be a larger-than-life Hollywood celebrity by writing in the voices of those closest to him: his two young adult children, his two ex-wives, and his current lover.  Witty, touching and beautifully written, this is a literary novel with emotional depth.


The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307959928
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 12th, 2013

For You, Madam Lenin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781604891003
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Published: Livingston Press (AL) - October 31st, 2012

A fascinating look at 3 key figures in the Russian revolution - Lenin, his wife and his acerbic, practical and resourceful mother-in-law. Surprising, well-written and fresh historical fiction.


The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - June 2013

Delightful - Perfect for all of us English majors who long to know more intimately the great American (and Brit) authors whose stories and features graced the pages of the New Yorker from 1957-77. Janet Groth, The Receptionist, friend, drinking buddy, lover, knew them all.


Fires of Our Choosing Cover Image
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Published: Dzanc Books - April 3rd, 2012

A brilliant, sometimes heartbreaking debut by this young writer and Columbia writing teacher. Cross captures the angst and tenderness of the young men and women growing up in the rust belt with little hope and less luck. The moments of grace and redemption shine through. I loved this story!


Treasure Island!!! Cover Image
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Published: Europa Editions - December 7th, 2011

Outrageously funny novel told by a nameless narrator who’s enthralled with Stevenson’s Treasure Island and decides to live by its principles - and bugger the consequences! Poor boyfriend, sister, boss! Aaargh!


Once Upon a River Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2012

The best book I’ve read this year and one of the best books ever about an unusual girl’s coming of age. Spirited and fierce, wise and naïve, strong and vulnerable, Margo Crane is a heroine you’ll never forget. Highly recommended for older teens, too. Author will be reading here on Thursday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m.


The Story of Beautiful Girl Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 13th, 2012

Beautiful! A most unusual and moving story of three fascinating characters—a deaf African-American man, a developmentally disabled young woman, and a retired schoolteacher who hides their baby on a stormy night. This story contrasts their emotional tenderness with the cruelty and ignorance of the society around them.


Big Girl Small Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250002532
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Published: Picador USA - July 3rd, 2012

I LOVED Big Girl Small. DeWoskin takes a lot of risks, but the narrative voice is consistent, smart-alecky, funny, and self-aware, yet achingly vulnerable. Narrated by a little person with a talented singing voice whose gotten in trouble at her fine arts high school. A great book for older teens as well as those of us who live and work with them. v


Three Stages of Amazement Cover Image
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 7th, 2012

Beautifully written, nuanced and complex, Edgerian's novel shows us a marriage unraveling under the stress of a failing economy, a sick baby, a precocious pre-schooler, and too little time together. Both husband and wife are smart, witty and well-meaning. Minor characters are quirky, charming and well-drawn. Family secrets are tantalizingly revealed. Engaging and surprising the reader until the end.


This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection Cover Image
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - March 22nd, 2011

I loved Carol Burnett's anecdotal memoir of her life in show business. Stories about Carol Channing, Lucille Ball, and Cary Grant are priceless! If you were a fan of her long running show (I watched it with my folks), you'll love it, too.


The Three Weissmanns of Westport Cover Image
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Published: Picador USA - February 1st, 2011

Witty, delightful, and very engaging. Marvelous women characters supporting one another and driving each other crazy. What will it take for these two sisters and their abandoned mom to change? Now in paperback!


Water for Elephants Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - May 2007

Brilliant! Enchanting! I could not put Water for Elephants down! The best love story I've read since The Time Traveller's Wife, but this is historical fiction at its best. Endearing characters (especially the animals and the young vet who cares for them). An unusual, fresh setting - a traveling cirucs during the Depression - and a *very* satisfying finale. - Linda


Men and Dogs Cover Image
By Crouch
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ISBN: 9780316002141
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 29th, 2016

Katie Crouch creates heroines who are vulnerable, screwed-up, and wholly sympathetic. You'll laugh and cry for Hannah, haunted by her father's disappearance in her childhood. Now in paperback!


The Long Song Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312571146
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Published: Picador USA - April 26th, 2011

The Long Song is wonderfully narrated by Miss July, who lived before, during, and after the Jamaican revolution and "end" of slavery. Very witty yet serious about the horrors of slavery. Now in paperback!


Happy Now? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312681159
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Published: Picador - March 29th, 2011

Such a beautiful book—one of the best I've read on the subject of grief and healing. There's a light touch to the prose but rich, emotional depth. I just loved it! Now in paperback!


Who's Driving the Bus?: My Year as a Kindergarten Mom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781453620939
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Published: Createspace - October 21st, 2010

Tracy Egan's narrative voice rings so true, any mom will identify with her. The mom in the story, trying to fit herself into her new (Chicago) neighborhood and her daughter into a new school, is funny sympathetic and real.


Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620400456
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 12th, 2013

Excellent and memorable short stories featuring a diverse cast of women - students, teachers, hairdressers, art dealers - who make mistakes, fall in love with the wrong people, and sometimes triumph. Sneed is both fierce and forgiving, bent on showing us reality rather than romance.


Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061711534
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 31st, 2012

Even if you don't have a daughter who is an aspiring princess, every parent and feminist should read this book. You'll be amazed to discover how Disney and other princess-product purveyors are flooding our stores and culture with pink. Orenstein is a brilliant journalist. Always witty and engaging.


Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism Cover Image
By Belva Davis, Vicki Haddock (With), Bill Cosby (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781609944667
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - February 6th, 2012

Finally! A memoir by a woman who's lived a long, productive, and admirable life worth writing about! Belva Davis, award-winning and pioneering civil rights advocate and journalist, makes history - her own and our nation's - come alive for us.


Room Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

I read this book months ago and the narrator, 5-year-old Jack, his Ma, and the Room have stayed with me. An imagination feat, told in shimmering prose. I couldn't put it down and I'll never forget it.


The Lady Matador's Hotel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439181751
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 3rd, 2012

An exciting plot and diverse characters--with very different agendas--make this a memorable read. She changed my thinking about bullfighting, loss and revenge, and international adoption--just to name a few things.


Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America Cover Image
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Published: Picador USA - August 3rd, 2010

Funny and justifiably critical of the "positive thinking" and "law of attraction" philosophy in American culture. Starting with her own experience with cancer and cancer support groups, and taking on life coaches and religious materialists, Ehrenreich proves her point brilliantly.


The Liars' Club: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2005

One of the first wry, witty memoirs about growing up in a dysfunctional family—and still one of the best. The background is gritty East Texas, the parents hard drinking, the kids are resourceful survivors.


Great House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393340648
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 6th, 2011

Both of Nicole Krauss' books are beautiful, tender, and philosophical, with chapters written in alternating voices. Both concern themselves with lives shattered by loss and objects--a book, a desk--lost (stolen) in the Holocaust. The Great House is an intellectual puzzle--I keep getting new insights. Brilliant!


The History of Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393328622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2006

The History of Love is a stunning, achingly tender novel written in two voices: an old man who is a Holocaust survivor and a 14-year old Jewish girl. The voices are so real, so distinctive, that the characters walked off the page and into my mind and heart. There's an engaging plot, too, concerning a lost book that creates a life of literary fame for one man, hope for its young reader, and resolution, finally, for its true author.


Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 8th, 2010

Funny and suspenseful, too. Gilman and her college friend start their around-the-world journey in China, only recently opened to tourists. As her friend becomes increasingly paranoid, Gilman has to rely on resourceful fellow travelers to save her. A great travel story!


Forbidden Bread Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556437403
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Published: North Atlantic Books - April 7th, 2009

A fascinating story about an American woman who becomes a best-selling author in Slovenia after marrying and moving there with her Slovenian poet husband. Eyewitness accounting of Slovenia’s transition to independence.


The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743292917
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 9th, 2010

Staceyann threw a tantrum and bit her brother on the leg so the kindergarten teacher would take her into class at age 3. This same tenacity and desire to learn propels her through the poorest of upbringings in Jamaica, to college, to a fierce and defiant coming out as a lesbian. Unforgettable!


Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home Cover Image
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Published: Holt McDougal - April 13th, 2010

One of the funniest memoirs I’ve read in a long time. When a series of tribulations hits Rhoda, she retreats to her parents’ uber-Mennonite home. Her conversations with her mother are priceless as are her descriptions of Mennonite food and travel. I loved it!


Half Baked: The Story of My Nerves, My Newborn, and How We Both Learned to Breathe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780762439461
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - August 10th, 2010

I’ve never laughed so much while reading such a harrowing (and detailed) account of a nightmarish pregnancy, delivery, and premie survival (4 months in NICU). Alexa Stevenson grew up, toughened up, and overcame a lifelong anxiety disorder in the process. Great writing!


Olive Kitteridge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812971835
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Published: Random House Trade - September 30th, 2008

What a beautiful book! Each chapter concerns a different character/family who live on the Maine coast in a small town. Olive, the title characters taught 7th grade forever so she knows everyone. She's a tough old bird, a realist with a mean streak but in the course of the novel, even she is surprised by love, by grace, and the way we are shaped by loss & regeneration.


A Dog's Purpose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765330345
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Published: Forge - May 24th, 2011

In W. Bruce Cameron’s novel, A Dog’s Purpose, the narrator, a dog who travels through four incarnations to find his purpose, is a dog’s dog, wonderfully voiced, and utterly charming. Because Cameron has done his homework on dog breeds and behavior, his narration is completely believable, and the novel rises above the genre to become a fable for us humans.

Cameron dedicates his book to the folks who rescue dogs, and we see what diverse beginnings a puppy can have: a covert, no-kill rescue operation, a puppy mill, a fancy breeder, a humane society. Although I learned a lot about dogs and how they’re treated, Cameron is never didactic. Exciting storytelling and a deftly twisting plot made the book impossible to put down.

There is so much to enjoy in this often very funny and ultimately, very moving book, but it’s the voice (and heart and soul) of the dog narrator that has stayed with me, making me want to recommend this book to everyone.


Baking Cakes in Kigali Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385343442
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Published: Bantam - August 31st, 2010

This is a wonderful debut novel set in Rwanda after the war. The cake maker is a great feminist character, working in her own subtle and charming way, to make the world a safer place for girls and women. While acknowledging the enormity of family loss, this is a novel about hope and resilience.


Mudbound Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565126770
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 2009

What a great novel! Mudbound tells a tragic story but with such verve that I couldn't put it down. If you like fiction with a strong political theme, this is for you. Race, class, and survival in the Mississippi delta just after WWII.


Lark and Termite Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375701931
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 12th, 2010

Masterfully imagined & told in several unique voices, Lark & Termite has really stayed with me. The imagery is strong & beautiful, and the main character, a tender-hearted & resilient young woman, is unforgettable.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385341004
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Published: Dial Press - May 5th, 2009

Beautifully told story in letters, set in 1946 England, about the occupation of Guernsey by the Nazis between 1941 and 1945. The "book club" of the title is real, a survival tactic of the Islanders whose lives were closely watched. Charming & poignant, another facet of WWII history.


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060852566
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" is a memoir, engaging & entertaining & very encouraging for a beginning gardener. It made me plant tomatoes & basil in my tiny yard! Be inspired.


Gilead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424404
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Published: Picador USA - January 10th, 2006

Gilead still tops my list as best novels of the year (and definitely in my all-time favorites list), and I was thrilled that it won the Pulitzer and the Book Critics' Circle Award. Robinson asks all the hard questions: what is love? how can we live to best serve others? Why is there war? Will there ever be peace? Can we ever heal this country from slavery, and its descendant, racial injustice? In a long epistle to his young son, an elderly minister tries to give his family's history and discern what matters in life. Reading this book took me to a higher, meditative place, but it was also funny and surprising.


Oryx and Crake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385721677
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Published: Anchor Books - March 30th, 2004

"Oryx and Crake" is absolutely riveting. Atwood is conjuring a future world nearly devoid of human life as a result of disastraus genetic engineering. Chilling and compelling.


How to Get Your Child to Love Reading Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781565123083
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - June 6th, 2003

Simply the best resource on children's books I've ever seen! And so much fun to read-a book no parent, teacher, or storyteller should be without.


Landing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156033787
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Published: Harvest Books - September 1st, 2008

A thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, and well-paced lesbian love story. There's an age difference, cultural differences, and they live on two different continents. Can love prevail? Who's going to move? I loved it! - Linda


The New Yorkers Cover Image
By Cathleen Schine, Leanne Shapton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780312427832
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Published: Picador USA - April 29th, 2008

I just *loved* this delightful novel set on a particular block in NYC in which some single dog owners' paths cross in unpredictable ways. A perfect escape novel - smart and well-written, touching without being heavy. Dog lovers will love it! - Linda


The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446541107
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 2009

Set against the backdrop of political upheaval in contemporary Venezuela, this debut novel is entertaining yet profoundly serious, rich with religious and cultural mythology, and peopled with lovable, flawed characters-poets, rebels, maids, and midwives-who reveal the complex strata of Venezuelan society as well as their own humanity. Margaret Mascarenhas has arrived on the literary scene with a sizzle.


The Flying Troutmans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781582435312
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2009

Miriam Toews' new book may be her best! I just love her characters, smart-talking, vulnerable, tender and goofy. In The Flying Troutmens, a 28-year old aunt flies home to Canada to take care of her manic-depressive sisters' two kids, ages 11 and 15. The sister is hospitalized and Aunt Hattie takes the kids on a wild road trip to find their father. Funny, heart-breaking and ultimately hopeful.


The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345487537
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2011

Pure delight. Berg displays her rare and generous wit in this great collection of stories. And I found the best apple pie recipe in her charming epistolary story "How to Make an Apple Pie."


I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307276827
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Published: Vintage Books USA - April 8th, 2008

Nora Ephron's book is so funny, you'll be forced to read passages aloud to whoever's near. I loved it so much I read it in two sittings and immediately passed it to my best friend. Ah, the ignominy of aging!


Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress: Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446679497
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - January 2005

One of the best - and certainly the funniest memoir - I've ever read. Susan Jane Gilman's voice is so sassy, honest and fresh that I didn't want this book to end.


Sacred Country Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780671886097
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 1995

Lovely story - intense and heartfelt - about a young girl who knows, at the age of 6, that she is really a boy. This book has the power to change minds.


Borrowed Finery: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312425197
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Published: Picador USA - November 12th, 2005

Harsh & tender at the same time - Fox tells this story with such intimacy and authority that you can't look away. Very moving & very powerful.


A Chorus of Stones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385418850
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Published: Anchor Books - October 15th, 1993

A profound and powerful argument against war and the secrets individuals, families, and nations harbor. Beautifully written and very insightful.


Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebbe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767925105
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Published: Harlem Moon - September 12th, 2006

Beautifully written connected stories convey the aftermath of chaos and tragedy of Amin's Uganda. Worked well for a book group discussion.


Life Al Dente: Laughter and Love in an Italian-American Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439183762
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Published: Atria Books - August 27th, 2009

A natural storyteller, Gina Cascone knows how to deliver a punchline. Pure Italian-American, she made me smell the garlic and see the eels wriggling on Christmas Eve. Her parents walk off the page. I wish I'd been her best friend (instead of tattle-tale Barbie) hustling boys for pool games in the basement rec room. She made me laugh out loud a dozen times!


Him Her Him Again the End of Him Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743296243
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 4th, 2016

Marx's voice is what kept me reading. Will she ever write her dissertation? Get a real job? And most importantly, will she ever get over that self-centered bastard she's been obsessed with for 10 years? Very funny with a great ending.


Crying at Movies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780897335805
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Published: Academy Chicago Publishers - January 2009

Delightful reading. For the movie lover in your life, for men in their middle years, or anyone who enjoys a witty memoir, this is a fun and funny read.


The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom from My Father on How to Live, Love, and See Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743249782
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2006

Naomi Wolf's new book, The Treehouse is a magical, marvelous book. Naomi's father's lessons on listening to the artist within, living with passion, noticing the details, and honoring one's work are totally inspiring. This is a great book for anyone who wants to think about whether they've found their true art in life and what it means to live creatively and encourage others (our children, our students) to do the same.


Animal Dreams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060921149
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 1st, 2003

"Animal Dreams" is both a coming of age & love story with an ecological back story. Wonderful writing; the scenery comes alive.


Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812973549
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Published: Random House Trade - September 9th, 2008

Katha Pollitt's new book is witty, political and honest. More memoir than individual essays, Pollitt revewals much about her unique life as the dauther of NY communists, the lover of a famous womanizing intellectual, and a New Yorker, middle-aged, learning to drive.


The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061375408
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 13th, 2013

Combines the guilty pleasure of reading a quirky and aristochratic family's gossip-y letters with the satisfaction of learning 20th century political history through the eyes of six curious, intelligent and influential women. Absolutely fascinating!


What I Loved Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312421199
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Published: Picador USA - March 2004

Ambitious, heartachingly tender, unforgettable...this is one of the saddest, most brilliant and beautiful books I've read in years. Hustvedt never turns away from the most difficult issues - creativity & madness, love, passion, loss, grief - This book took over my emotions, all the while engaging my mind.


The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805066197
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 1st, 2002

Terrific support for parents who "choose" to stay home to raise young children. Crittenden is an economist who compares US policy toward childrearing with other, more family-friendly countries. Enlightening!


Riding in Cars with Boys: Confessions of a Bad Girl Who Makes Good Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140156294
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1992

Funny and compelling. Beverly's voice - in both her books - is sassy and honest, never sentimental or self-indulgent, and often very funny.


Sea Glass Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316089692
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 21st, 2003

Very satisfying story set in the months before & after the crash of 1929 - well-paced, engaging characters of various classes & ages responding to the sudden economic shift. Hard to put down.


The Little Locksmith Cover Image
By Katharine Butler Hathaway, Alix Kates Shulman (Foreword by), Nancy Mairs (Afterword by)
$18.48
ISBN: 9781558612396
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Published: Feminist Press - July 2000

Very beautiful and thoughtful memoir of a woman who spent her childhood strapped to a board, her young adulthood accepting her deformity, and her adulthood expressing her exquisite and rare sensibility in creative writing. Truly a spiritual autobiography and very inspiring for any working artist.


Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553384246
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Published: Bantam - April 29th, 2008

My father grew up on an Iowa farm during the Depression (and earlier), and this memoir reminded me so much of him, my aunts and uncles and grand parents. But I think anyone who longs for a simpler, more sensual life will enjoy Mildred Kalish's memoir. There's some great recipes here, fine detailed memories, and the fond recalling of childhood pranks. I found it very comforting.


Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism Cover Image
$15.75
ISBN: 9780375712951
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 15th, 2002

An excellent book of criticism! If you love Cather or have only read "My Antonia," you'll find this book about "trends" in criticism fascinating. For the English major on your list!


Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780805092257
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Published: Holt McDougal - April 13th, 2010

One of the funniest memoirs I’ve read in a long time. When a series of tribulations hits Rhoda, she retreats to her parents’ uber-Mennonite home. Her conversations with her mother are priceless as are her descriptions of Mennonite food and travel. I loved it!


Baby's First Tattoo: A Memory Book for Modern Parents Cover Image
By Jim Mullen, Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780743224451
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2002

The last thing we'd call this book is "traditional" - hysterically funny, this is a baby book for real parents (exhausted, cranky, and desperately in need of a laugh).


Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781585425143
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Published: Tarcher - March 15th, 2007

Jong still racks at 60-something! Always political, always sexy, laugh-outloud funny, and brutally honest. She focuses on her creative process, how it drives her, but there a lot of good gossip, too.


Lucky in the Corner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618340705
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Published: Mariner Books - July 14th, 2003

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Funny, warm, wonderful characters, gay & straight, & a great dog.


Tea Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780743400589
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Published: Washington Square Press - January 1st, 2001

A wonderful coming-of-age novel about a young woman who finds her way through theater, art, and loving women. Funny at times, erotic, and touching.


Zabelle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380732111
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 1999

I've read many immigrant stories, but "Zabelle" is a standout. Lovely, clear prose & a likeable heroine. Her story stays with you long after you've finished the book.


The Turkish Lover Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306814518
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 10th, 2005

The Turkish Lover is compulsively readable, warm, witty, and true. If you've read "When I was Puerto Rican," and "Always a Woman," you have to continue reading Esemeralda's amazing life journey from barefoot and poor in P.R. to Harvard grad and a bestselling author-in-the-making.


How to Breathe Underwater Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400034369
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2005

Exceptionally fine short stories. Haunting, chilling, perceptive - this woman can write so you won't forget.


Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780805076967
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Published: Owl Books (NY) - September 2004

What a marvelous bio of a truly fascinating, original woman! Both deep and wide-ranging, salted & peppered with Gellhorn's distinctive & often outrageous comments, this is an engaging and satisfying read - She was most at home on the frontlines of every 20th century war. Married to Hemingway (for a time), great pals with Eleanor Roosevelt, she knew everyone & traveled everywhere. She left behind thousands of letters & articles which Moorehead has meticulously researched - Bravo for bringing this intrepid woman to life!


Fox Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142001967
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2003

Harsh & tender at the same time - Fox tells this story with such intimacy and authority that you can't look away. Very moving and very powerful.


Kinfolks: Falling Off the Family Tree Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781559708760
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Published: Arcade Publishing - July 1st, 2008

Alther is as funny as ever as she tells her family and her own personal history. I hadn't ever heard of Melungeon, but what a fascinating piece of American history!


Poster Child: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.30
ISBN: 9781596915053
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - December 26th, 2007

Poster Child is a darkly comic, achingly honest memoir written in a unique and fresh voice. Rapp was a preacher's kid who, at age four, lost her left foot due to a congenital birth defect, and after numerous surgeries over the next four years, lost most of the leg. She writes unflinchingly of her twenty-year journey to acceptance. This is a very personal, not political story, and it's only recently that she's understood the need for and her place within the disability rights movement. The title refers to her year as a March of Dimes Poster Child, a weird, only-in-America trip if there ever was one. It is also a spiritual memoir, of the path from "childhood pieties to adult faith and a confession that will resonate with anyone who spent their youth overcompensating for whatever reason" (Kirkus starred review).


A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805083002
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Published: Owl Books (NY) - February 20th, 2007

A terrific history on the beginnings of the republic and Dolley's role as social engineer - It gave our book group lots to discuss. Rich, rewarding, & illuminating.


The Meaning of Consuelo Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780807083871
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - March 30th, 2004

Charming & written in an authentic voice. Lots of issues nicely interwoven: mental illness in a sibling, a gay cousin, not to mention US colonializing of Puerto Rico. Highly recommended for teen readers.


A Complicated Kindness Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781582433226
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 17th, 2005

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews is a darkly comic novel about a teen girl living in a small Canadian town in a strict Mennonite community. Her grief over her mother's and sister's leaving (they are shunned by the Elder) is palpable, her rage and acting-out understandable, and her loyalty to her passive, schoolteacher father endearing. Hers is a voice at once tough and tender, witty and heartbreaking.


100 Essential Modern Poems by Women Cover Image
By Joseph Parisi (Selected by), Kathleen Welton (Selected by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781566637411
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Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - March 27th, 2008

This is a wonderful collection of some of our finest women writers. Readers will be tantalized by the selections for each poet and will hopefully be inspired to seek out more of their work. I enjoyed the wealth of biographical data and the placing of each poet's work in the context of modernism. Readers looking for more will find new books by Mary Oliver (Red Bird), Nikki Giovanni (Acolytes), Adrienne Rich (Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth), and Eavan Boland (New Collected Poems).


After This Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385334693
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Published: Dial Press - September 25th, 2007

One of the most beautiful books I've read in a long time. McDermott's characters shine, her sensibility is a pleasure to read. Poignant, tender, and entertaining. Her foreshadowing of loss made me hold my breath. The way her family copes with current events gave the novel depth and resonance. I just loved it!-Linda


Allegra Maud Goldman Cover Image
By Edith Konecky, Alix Kates Shulman (Foreword by), Tillie Olsen (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781558612815
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Published: Feminist Press - November 2001

Allegra is a hoot! Funny, sassy, incurably smart-mouthed, she takes on the world at age 6 & never looks back - a feminist classic!


Lighthousekeeping Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156032896
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Published: Harvest Books - April 3rd, 2006

Lighthousekeeping, Jeanette Winterson's new novel, is mesmerizing. It actually is partly about keeping a lighthouse-after her mother's death, the orphaned narrator finds her first true home in this unlikely place-but the symbolism of shining light into dark and wild places filters through the novel. Immersing oneself in Winterson's spare, powerful language is reason enough to read this book; the love story is another good one.


That Old Ace in the Hole Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743242486
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 16th, 2003

Proux's Bob Dollar is one of my favorite characters in fiction. On his own for the first time, he takes a job scouting territory for hog farming in cattle country. The politics & ecology of the situation is revealed to him gradually as he becomes more involved with the community. Wonderful storytelling.


Flight Behavior Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062124272
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 4th, 2013

Another winner from Barbara Kingsolver! She hooked me in the first few pages with her delightfully disgruntled main character tromping up the mountain to start an affair and coming down changed. Set in her territory - Appalachia and brimming with wit, intelligence and heart. Loved it!


Let the People in: The Life and Times of Ann Richards Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780292754492
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 2013

This is a terrific biography of an amazing, complicated woman. Reid focuses on Richard's development as a political animal, gradually building a progressive movement in Austin, TX and taking it to the State House! From housewife to governor - what a ride!