Best Books of the Month: September 2016

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Commonwealth
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At Franny’s christening, her mother kisses an uninvited guest, a move that results in two divorces. Decades later, an author turns Franny's story into a bestselling book, forcing her to confront family drama that’s been long forgotten. Tyler says, "This is a novel of a family, sprawling and plotless and filled with page after page of warmth. Patchett fills every scene and character to the brim, with empathy, humor, and canny insight. I loved every word." At Franny’s christening, her mother kisses an uninvited guest, a move that results in two divorces. Decades later, an author turns Franny's story into a bestselling book, forcing her to confront family drama that’s been long forgotten. Tyler says, "This is a novel of a family, sprawling and plotless and filled with page after page of warmth. Patchett fills every scene and character to the brim, with empathy, humor, and canny insight. I loved every word."
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow
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From the author of Rules of Civility comes another striking tale of life in the early 20th century. Towles immerses the reader in 1920s Russia, at the hotel where Alexander Rostov has been placed under indefinite house arrest. Lianna says, "Towles has once again proved that he's a master of the human condition by writing a novel that delves as deeply into its characterizations as it does into the weaving of its plot." From the author of Rules of Civility comes another striking tale of life in the early 20th century. Towles immerses the reader in 1920s Russia, at the hotel where Alexander Rostov has been placed under indefinite house arrest. Lianna says, "Towles has once again proved that he's a master of the human condition by writing a novel that delves as deeply into its characterizations as it does into the weaving of its plot."
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The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti The Vanishing Year
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Years ago Zoe Whittaker was an entirely different person. Today she lives the high life with her handsome husband. The only problem? The skeletons in her closet are returning, and nothing is as it seems—even to Zoe herself. Mary says, "I devoured this in a single weekend. An edge-of-your-seat thriller with an ending that completely took me by surprise. This is a must-read for fans of domestic suspense!" Years ago Zoe Whittaker was an entirely different person. Today she lives the high life with her handsome husband. The only problem? The skeletons in her closet are returning, and nothing is as it seems—even to Zoe herself. Mary says, "I devoured this in a single weekend. An edge-of-your-seat thriller with an ending that completely took me by surprise. This is a must-read for fans of domestic suspense!"
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The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood
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In this raw and revealing memoir, Belle Boggs reflects on the realization that she might not ever be able to get pregnant. She examines not only the emotional toll on her and her husband, but also the legal and financial effects. Mainlinebooker says, "[Boggs's] need to not feel alone in this process has been a gift to the public. Financial difficulties, adoption vs. IVF, the complicated world of treatment, and the devastating emotional burdens are just a few of the subjects she takes on with grace and ...more In this raw and revealing memoir, Belle Boggs reflects on the realization that she might not ever be able to get pregnant. She examines not only the emotional toll on her and her husband, but also the legal and financial effects. Mainlinebooker says, "[Boggs's] need to not feel alone in this process has been a gift to the public. Financial difficulties, adoption vs. IVF, the complicated world of treatment, and the devastating emotional burdens are just a few of the subjects she takes on with grace and humility.”
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The Reader by Traci Chee The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1)
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In a dangerous—and illiterate—world, Sefia finds herself alone when her father is brutally murdered and her aunt is kidnapped. The clue to these crimes seems to be hidden in a rectangular object that Sefia soon learns is a book. Renee says, "This book is utterly fantastic. It has it all—an amazing heroine with an intricate backstory, a gorgeously rendered fantasy landscape, diverse characters, and beautiful prose." In a dangerous—and illiterate—world, Sefia finds herself alone when her father is brutally murdered and her aunt is kidnapped. The clue to these crimes seems to be hidden in a rectangular object that Sefia soon learns is a book. Renee says, "This book is utterly fantastic. It has it all—an amazing heroine with an intricate backstory, a gorgeously rendered fantasy landscape, diverse characters, and beautiful prose."
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Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson Where Am I Now?
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Known for her breakout roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, child actress Mara Wilson recounts her time in and out of the spotlight in this collection of essays that are as funny as they are insightful. Carly says, "Mara writes honestly about her life in Hollywood and [how it’s affected] her today. She is open about her mental illness but never makes it a sob story. I laughed and also felt connected to her. Like reading a good friend's diary." Known for her breakout roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, child actress Mara Wilson recounts her time in and out of the spotlight in this collection of essays that are as funny as they are insightful. Carly says, "Mara writes honestly about her life in Hollywood and [how it’s affected] her today. She is open about her mental illness but never makes it a sob story. I laughed and also felt connected to her. Like reading a good friend's diary."
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