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The Past by Tessa Hadley
The Past
by Tessa Hadley
read in January, 2016
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This novel is the story of four siblings who arrive at an English country cottage inherited from their grandparents for a three week holiday. Additional characters include the children of two of the siblings and the son of a third’s ex- boyfriend. Th ...more
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Still Alice
by Lisa Genova (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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First-time novelist Lisa Genova holds a doctorate in neuroscience. In this moving and quite sobering novel, she lays out the course of early-onset Alzheimer's disease from the perspective of Alice Howland, a Harvard psychology professor. Alice recogn ...more
Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell
Epitaph
by Mary Doria Russell (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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The most famous gunfight in history is portrayed in this engrossing historical novel by Mary Doria Russell. Contrary to accepted wisdom, the “Gunfight at the O. K. Corral” actually did not take place at the O. K. Corral, and it only lasted 30 seconds ...more
Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
by China Miéville (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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Mieville's unsettling stories are complex, creepy and thought-provoking. A British author well known in the area of speculative fiction, he takes what at first seems like ordinary situations such as a teen riding his bike or a walk on the beach. He t ...more
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova
read in January, 2016
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The Historian needs to be read in either Fall or Winter where night comes early because it begs for a darker atmosphere when immersed in it. This gothic novel is atmospheric, creepy, suspenseful and completely delicious. Professors, monks, librarians ...more
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Funny Girl
by Nick Hornby
read in December, 2015
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This fast paced novel written by Nick Hornby, author of three previous novels and numerous screenplays, provided many hours of fun and laugh-out-loud moments. It is the story of a beauty queen from a small northern England town who abandons her humdr ...more
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
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Two ethical issues are at the root of this story. What should the limits of national surveillance be? Should geniuses create such a powerful computer system that it begins to think for itself? These raise an important question...how vulnerable are co ...more
The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers
The Cleaner of Chartres
by Salley Vickers
read in December, 2015
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Agnès Morel is an enigma, a blank slate on whom others etch their own kind or spiteful behavior. Is she an innocent, an unwitting philosopher, or a violent villain? An illiterate young woman arrives in Chartres, France with a possibly violent past th ...more
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2015
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This critically praised novel by Lauren Groff, author of one of my favorite books of 2012, Arcadia, is the story of a perfect marriage told from two points of view. The first section, entitled “Fates,” relates the story of Lotto (nickname for Lancelo ...more
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
Family Life
by Akhil Sharma
read in December, 2015
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This heartfelt, autobiographical novel details the lives of an Indian family immigrating to the United States in the late 1970s. The family of four immigrates with high hopes for a better life and at first find success in a surprising and exciting ne ...more
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