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Mark Willen

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Mark Willen was born, raised, and educated in New England, where he developed a special appreciation for the values, humor, and strength of its people, as well as the sense of community that characterizes so many of its small towns.

As a journalist, he has been a reporter, columnist, blogger, producer, and editor at The Voice of America, National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, Bloomberg News, and Kiplinger. Though based primarily in Washington, he has reported from datelines as varied as New York, Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Johannesburg. He has taught journalism ethics and creative writing.

Mark is on the board of the Maryland Writers’ Association, serving as treasurer and coordinating the group’s Teen Writing Club pr
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A Different Drummer

Book clubs come in many shapes and serve many purposes. Some are purely social, an excuse to get together and catch up on life, and, oh, by the way, what did you think of this month’s book. Others are dead serious, brought together by interest in a specific subject or genre. Sometimes friendships develop, sometimes not. Other clubs are some mix of the above. Women are far more likely to be in book Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.87 · 126 ratings · 44 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hawke's Point

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Hawke's Return

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Hawke's Discovery

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
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The Haunted Bookshop by Christine Morley
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A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley
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A Different Drummer is set in 1957, in a small fictional town in an imaginary southern state wedged between Mississippi and Alabama. Though technically free, the majority Black population remains severely oppressed. One Black man, Tucker Caliban, get ...more
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These Women by Ivy Pochoda
These Women
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This is an innovative, important, thought-provoking book, part-thriller and part literary fiction, especially in its treatment of relationship between daughters and parents and neighbors.

The plot deals with a serial killer preying on prostitutes in
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The Eighth Detective by Alex Pavesi
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If you enjoy cat-and-mouse puzzles, you'll get a fair amount of intellectual stimulation from this debut novel. The story begins when Julia Hart, a publisher, travels to a Mediterranean island to visit Grant McAllister, who became a recluse decades e ...more
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Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel
Goodbye for Now
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This book's original and clever premise -- a computer program that allows you to communicate with dead relatives -- makes for an interesting story, and Frankel is a funny and clever writer. The humor, though, can lead you astray when the book starts ...more
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Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Writers & Lovers
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This scored a place in many “Best Books of 2020” lists, and deservedly so. It’s funny and witty and real and poignant in ways that will hit home with anyone who picks it up. And it will give you much to think about when you put it down.

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama
A Promised Land
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Very mixed feelings after reading this. Obama is a superb writer, able to keep the narrative moving as he artfully mixes the story of his administration with the personal, historical, and social currents of the years covered. Though I was working in ...more
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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
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It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry, but most important, it will help you understand.

I enjoyed reading This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel more than any other book this year; it’s that good. Frankel has a perfect ear for dialogue, a great
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