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March Reviews

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Shelby Richmond and her best friend Helene are involved in a tragic accident as teenagers, which leaves Helene brain-dead, and Shelby broken. This is the story of how she slowly, and with lots of false starts, puts her life back together.

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

An African-American nurse in an OB ward in New Haven is told by her supervisor to not treat the baby of a white supremacist, at his demand.  The baby dies of complications, despite the efforts of the team of doctors and nurses around him. The nurse is arrested and...

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Beginning at the time of the airlift of South Vietnamese allies out of Saigon, and continuing through the refugee years, our hero tells his story. He is a communist double agent, working closely as an aide to a South Vietnamese general. Told to his jailer in...

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

This is an extraordinary work of the imagination. Willie Lincoln, the beloved 11-year-old son of Abraham Lincoln, died of a fever in February 1862. Contemporary accounts suggest that a distraught President Lincoln visited his tomb and held his son in his arms, after...

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This tween fiction book just about broke my heart, and I wasn't expecting it. The cover of my copy had a friendly looking drawing on it of a gorilla with a smiling baby elephant. It’s not a long book, has won the Newberry Medal and is a New York Times bestseller. I...

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood is a modern day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. Seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a talent that she sees as a curse. Rune’s family sends her to a French art school hoping that it will boost her creativity and help hinder her curse, but sending her...

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King Baby by Kate Beaton

This picture book is both witty and adorable. King Baby has arrived and is quite demanding. Parents and children will enjoy the tale of King Baby and his servants (parents).

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Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

I admit to not being a Seinfeld fan the first time around. However, my husband has since converted me and in an effort to catch up, I read this book to learn more about the behind-the-scenes interworking of the show. The book focuses heavily on interviews with Larry...

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Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Thanks for recommending this last month, Emily! This is a fast read of hilarious comics sure to make anyone chuckle. I read it on my phone while waiting for an appointment and I quickly recommended it to everyone. These comics will appeal to women as Sarah examines...

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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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