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February Reviews

My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

It’s hard to describe “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” without referencing other books featuring mythical lands and creatures: “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Harry Potter” and even Tolkien’s Middle-Earth come...

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi was only 36 years old when he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and then a rare form of brain cancer. Suddenly he went from doctor to patient, struggling to find his identity in the face of death. This is recommended for fans of Atul...

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

This is Margaret Atwood’s contribution to the Hogarth Shakespeare, a re-telling, re-imagining of The Tempest. When Felix Phillips is ousted from his long-time position as the director of a famed regional theater festival, just when he is about to present his brilliant...

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This is the Story of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is well known for her fiction, such as Bel Canto, State of Wonder and Commonwealth. But before she published fiction she supported herself as a magazine writer, and her essays, collected here, are quite wonderful. They range from essays about her writing...

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The Trespasser by Tana French

This is the sixth of the immensely popular Dublin Murder Squad series by French, though they all stand alone quite well. Antoinette Conway is the only woman on the squad, and a woman of color at that. She and her partner catch the murder of a young woman in her own...

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Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer

Wyoming Brave is a superb combination of sensuous romance and thrilling suspense. I liked her characters and her description of scenery and events. This book is part of a series she has done titled The Wyoming Men. Can you think of a better way to spend February than...

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Forget what you think you know about Queen Victoria. Goodwin brings to life the young Victoria, brought up from birth to be queen, determined to be the queen she chose to be, not the one chosen by others. Determined to live as a quiet widow after her beloved Albert's...

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Sisi by Allison Pataki

History! Romance! Hungary! Sisi brings to life a little known but larger than life character from the nineteenth century, Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary. You truly get a sense of an amazing woman who managed to live her own life amidst the courts and intrigues...

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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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