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Dear Life by Alice Munro
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
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The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
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Typically, I'm not a big fan of non-fiction. But rave reviews and riveting synopses encouraged me to try Edmund De Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes. I downloaded the audiobook, which took me forever to finish (snow and ice cut down on my workout and c ...more
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Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
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"That's what it took to stay on top in the rackets," we're told, "everyone had to know you'd long ago amputated your conscience." And for awhile, the sentiment is believable. Almost. The thing is, Joe Coughlin, the protagonist in Dennis Lehane's Live ...more
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
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Morning commutes are supposed to be uneventful. They are our time in the day to set our minds to the tasks we face. They give us the opportunity to fully awaken to ourselves, before we're forced to awaken to other people. But when Rachel, the focal v ...more
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
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The Corrections, at its fundamental level, serves up a dish of reality harshly truthful and bitingly accurate. Franzen’s depiction of the Lamberts, each in his or her own grossly human element, is convicting at best, condemning at worst.

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles (Goodreads Author)
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“Be careful of choosing what you’re proud of,” warns Katey Kontent, the protagonist of this 1930s-era fiction, “because the world has every intention of using it against you.” In her chronicle of Katey’s experiences in 1938, Amore Towles weaves an in ...more
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The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
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The characters in Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between us represent a number of different facets of a woman's life, embodying everything from maternal love and disappointment to loyal friendship and betrayal. In a place and time in which caste and mone ...more
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