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The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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The fact that I enjoyed this book so much, chock full of unlikable characters, is a testament to Ms Sweeney's writing. Great sense of place and character, even flow with multiple stories. Highly readable.
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Persuasion by Jane Austen
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This was my first Jane Austen read and I have to admit it was tough to slog through. I felt like I was in high school English class, readying for the test. Beautiful writing, such as the below lines, kept me going and enabled me to finish.

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Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner
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3.5 stars, rounded up to 4

I was very excited to see Jennifer Weiner had written a memoir, as I have read all her books and thoroughly enjoy her work. I did very much enjoy listening to this book on audio, as Weiner herself reads it and gives it that
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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
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Sweet, endearing, heartfelt story. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing it depicted in movie form; just put it at the top of my Netflix queue. Audio was very well read; his name is escaping me but he reads Lisa Scottoline books as well.
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Dead Wake by Erik Larson
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I was not familiar with this tragic event before reading this book at the suggestion of my local library book club. It is a fascinating and engrossing true story and I can't believe I was not familiar with it. Mr. Larson told the story with such incr ...more
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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
"Hmmm...okay. I learned that:

1. With enough money you can relocate to Provence and buy a 200 year old farmhouse with mossy swimming pool, problematic pipes, and a wine cave backing up to the Luberon mountains. Wait, it gets worse!

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