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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
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Pete Snow is a social worker, but his own family life is a mess. His wife has left him, his daughter hates him, he's got a serious alcohol problem, yet he helps poor families care for their children, places kids in foster care, and genuinely seems to ...more
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
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I am a Mountain Goats fan and have been for years. Because of that, I know that John Darnielle is an excellent storyteller, and his writing is usually on the edge of the angst-ridden, cynical and biting. His lyrics are evocative of suburban boredom a ...more
The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill
The House of Small Shadows
by Adam Nevill (Goodreads Author)
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The House of Small Shadows is a creepy and entertaining modern Gothic novel. A young appraiser gets lured into a house full of valuable antiques, yet finds out that the place is full of dolls, taxidermy tableaus of battle scenes, never-before-seen ma ...more
California by Edan Lepucki
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I have to say, I'm a little bit tired of the post-apocalyptic novel. It seems to be the newest hot trend, and many authors are jumping on that bandwagon. Some of these novels stick out for me because they don't necessarily focus on how the world fell ...more
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
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Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo
by Stacey D'Erasmo
read in June, 2014
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A few years in the life of an aging rock star. Anna Brundage had some real success earlier in her career, but had some problems that caused a hiccup in her writing, touring and performing. She decides to go back on the road as a last-ditch attempt to ...more
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Defending Jacob
by William Landay (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2014
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This was a book I read quickly, because I had trouble putting it down. It was both a legal thriller and a portrait of a family slowly coming apart, and it kept me on an emotional roller coaster until the surprise ending. The 14 year old son of an ass ...more
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
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Natchez Burning follows Penn Cage, former lawyer turned mayor of the town of Natchez, Mississippi, as he tries to prove his aging father, Dr. Tom Cage, has been wrongly accused of murder. With the help of a few friends, Cage investigates the murder o ...more
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
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This book is very different from your typical immigrant book, or your typical Indian immigrant book. Like those books, Ajay does struggle with old world vs. new world a bit, but that is far from the focus of this story.

Ajay, his parents and his older
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