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Lisa's Book Recommendations

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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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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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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.

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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.