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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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November Reviews

Jane of Lantern Hill by L.M. Montgomery

I never read Anne of Green Gables. I know it is much beloved, but somehow it never crossed my path in book or movie form, or didn’t catch my interest on the shelf. Jane of Lantern Hill however, I had as an audio book as a child. I listened to those cassette tapes over...

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The Fall: a novel by John Lescroart

Another Dismas Hardy courtroom drama. This time the key attorney isn’t Dismas, but his daughter, Rebecca.So although, Dismas and Abe are in the novel, the real focus is on Rebecca. I love Lescroart’s writing. We get to know the characters and he creates realistic,...

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The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo

This debut novel has some depressing themes, but DeCarlo's writing and humor make the book well worth reading. Mattie is a young, pregnant girl, who continually takes more than gives. When she discovers that her grandmother died, Mattie takes off for Oklahoma in hope...

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Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline

This is a Bennie Rosato mystery about the Kids for Cash scandal in Luzerne County.  Lisa writes with a lot of dialogue and tons of action. It is limited on description, but her storyline is superb. I highly recommend Corrupted. It is a quick read that will grab your...

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A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

The 12th entry in the Three Pines/Chief Inspector Gamache series finds Gamache taking over the corrupt Surete Academy, bringing along son-in-law Jean Guy Beauvoir as his second-in-command. When an instructor of the bad old academy is murdered in his rooms, almost...

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

A private plane goes down on the short flight from Martha’s Vineyard to Teterboro. On board are two extremely wealthy and powerful men and their wives, one a media mogul and the other a private banker. The mogul’s two children are aboard as well, and an artist invited...

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Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Nora arrives to visit her older sister Rachel, and finds her brutally murdered. As the mystery unfolds, the reader learns about the trauma in the sisters’ early lives, and the secrets they are keeping from the world and from each other. Did Rachel betray Nora? Who...

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The Girls by Emma Cline

In the summer of 1969, Evie comes under the spell of Suzanne, a member of a cult housed in a ramshackle nearby farm. Evie is the neglected 14-year-old child of divorced parents, and she is drawn to Suzanne, and to the community around a charismatic leader reminiscent...

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Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I love food. Who doesn’t love food? Food is great. Well, this book has significantly changed the way I think about one of my favorite things (food), and managed to do so in a warm, open, funny, and most importantly, non-judging way. I am not usually a fan of the...

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Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Lily is a much-loved 12 year old dachshund; Teddy is her lonely, middle-aged owner. One day he looks at her and sees an octopus on her head. This is his word for the growth, probably cancerous, that will take her life. This is a touching story about grief, love, and...

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