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January Reviews

The Whistler by John Grisham

Grisham tackles judicial corruption and Indian casinos in this thriller. I always find Grisham’s books fun to listen to, and this one was no exception. His heroine, Lacy Stoltz, is a judicial investigator not used to crime and danger. The corrupt judge is owned by a...

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The Nix by Nathan Miller

Samuel Andresen-Anderson is a failing writer and college professor whose mother abandoned him when he was a child, without explanation. She comes back into his life in a most unexpected way, by committing a ridiculous but highly publicized crime. Samuel plans to seize...

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Count Alexander Rostov is found guilty of writing a subversive poem and sentenced to house arrest in the luxurious Hotel Metropol in Moscow in 1922.  While limited to the four walls of the hotel, Rostov finds meaningful work, a family, and love. This is one of those...

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Just Kids by Patti Smith

Improbable as it may seem, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and rock icon Patti Smith were the closest of friends from the time they arrived in Manhattan in the late 1960s.  They lived together in the Chelsea Hotel, the epicenter of the art and music scene, and were...

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Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

‘Today will be different today. Today, I will be present. Today, anyone I'm speaking to I will look them in the eye and listen deeply…’  The story of Eleanor Flood’s day begins with a manifesto for how she will live her life. Of course, she goes off track almost...

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline is a teen that has spent her whole life inside her house.  Born with a rare disease, Madeline loses out on having a normal teenage life.  That is until Olly moves in next door and finds Madeline spying on him.  After spending all her time with her mother and...

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The sequel to Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight starts up right where Celaena Sardothien finished fighting in the Kings Tournament.  Now that she has to obey the Kings every command, Celaena begins to question her loyalty to the crown.  After a tragic loss, Celaena...

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December Reviews

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

This is best-selling writer Anne Lamott’s advice on writing and will be a must-read for any aspiring authors. The title was inspired by her father’s advice to her young brother who was trying to write a report about birds that was due the next day. “My father sat down...

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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Vance is a former Marine and Yale graduate who talks about growing up in a poor, white working-class family in the Rust Belt of the Appalachia region. Vance shares his family’s struggles, which includes abuse, alcoholism and extreme poverty. This is a memoir about the...

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LaRose by Louise Erdrich

LaRose is the latest novel by the award-winning Native American author Louise Erdrich. This hauntingly beautiful novel is a complex tale of revenge, forgiveness and love. The story is about a man named Landreaux who accidentally shoots his neighbor’s 5-year old son in...

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Beautiful writing. A heroine worth knowing. Whitehead turns the historical Underground Railroad, a network of people (mostly white) willing to take risks to help runaway slaves, into a literal railroad, running beneath the eastern United States. Cora runs away from...

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Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Frank is the 9-year-old only child of reclusive writer Mimi Banning, living in Los Angeles. She’s broke, and must deliver the manuscript of her next book, and soon, to avoid total financial disaster. Her New York publisher sends her an assistant, Alice, whose job is...

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Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

A coming-of-age story set in a very high end Manhattan restaurant. We follow the new girl through her training and her days and nights working as a back waiter at this establishment, the friendships and alliances that form among the staff, her mentoring by a senior...

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Siracusa by Delia Ephron

The vacation from hell. Two couples travel to Italy together, along with one couple’s 11 year old daughter. Michael, a blocked novelist with a mistress back in NYC, and his wife, Lizzie, an underemployed journalist join Lizzie’s old boyfriend Finn, a restaurant owner...

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