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A Single Thread: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525558248
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Published: Viking - September 17th, 2019

The author of GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING has crafted a beautiful story of an independent young woman trying to make her way in the world after the great war has taken both her husband and her dear brother. A time of great social and moral change, the 1930’s in England offered very few choices for an independent thinking woman without a husband, but Violet Speedwell is no ordinary woman. I love Chevalier’s writing; it is like sitting down with a good storytelling friend. 

Lovely War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781432868765
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Published: Thorndike Press Large Print - August 28th, 2019

This multilayered and creative tale has it all. Using the Iliad as it’s guide, this extraordinary story opens in NYC during WWII when immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught together in a Manhatten hotel room by Aphroditie’s jealous husband. As the Goddess of Love pleads her case to ask for mercy, she spins the tale of four young mortals whose lives entwined during WWI. Their story unfolds through the hope and heartache of their lives and reveals that even war is no match for the transcendant power of love. Printz honor winning author Barry’s writing is captivating and the story sublime. 

Chances Are . . .: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947746
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Published: Knopf - July 30th, 2019

I have been a big fan of Russo’s for years, so am thrilled to have a new one by one of my favorites. As he does so masterfully, Russo captures the human condition of life’s inexplicable and messy passages with the dexterity of a surgeon.  Long buried secrets and memories of three college friends from the 1960’s work their way to present day when the friends meet again under very different times. It captures the fascinating notion of how the chances taken and the chances lost, fate and seemingly small decisions can set the course of a life in a completely different direction but that the bonds of friendship and shared history can bring them together.  

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Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel (Two Medicine Country) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101982563
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 16th, 2016

Published in 2015, this was the last of Doig’s books, every one of which I have loved. Doig writes of the American West, and he paints the big sky and the stalwart people into his stories so beautifully that you will know each place and person as though you had grown up there.

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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams (Introduction by), T.H. Watkins (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780375759314
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Published: Modern Library - April 9th, 2002

I found myself re-reading page after page of this beautiful novel to savor the beautiful artistry of Stegner’s writing. I felt as if I were there, while the events unfolded and the characters made themselves known to me. This story of friendship, marriage, hopes and dreams will not disappoint. When you finish this one, read ANGLE OF REPOSE, for which Stegner won the Pulitzer prize.

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Straight Man: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701900
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 1998

I love Russo’s ability to weave heartbreak and humor into a wonderful tale that we can all relate to. The protagonist is an English professor at a small, underfunded college who is facing down life’s challenges as he tries to save his department and himself. STRAIGHT MAN is witty, compassionate and unforgettable.

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Picnic, Lightning (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822956709
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 29th, 1998

Reading the poetry of Billy Collins feels like talking to an old friend. He takes the mundane, the everyday circumstances, and turns them to extraordinary thoughts to ponder and appreciate.The irony in life is his toolbox.