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Nancy’s Book Recommendations

News of the World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062409218
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

Here is Texas history, beautiful language and a poignant, thoughtfully written tale describing the journey of a former Texas Ranger who is now a traveling reader of the news in areas where news of the world is scarce. His life changes dramatically when he feels duty bound to return a young girl, recently rescued from the Kiowa, to her relatives in South Texas.

When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

A beautifully descriptive and gentle end of life autobiography by a brilliant neurosurgeon who diagnoses his own terminal cancer and knows what awaits him.

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553418798
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Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

Come aboard the "Literary Apothecary", a floating book shop whose proprietor instinctively knows which book to prescribe to heal a customer's psychic woes. You will love the journey through the French countryside and through a tenderly rendered range of human emotions.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

This riveting autobiography demonstrates the power of a well told story to illuminate and awaken one's understanding of a culture vastly different from one's own. Vance's description of his childhood in Appalachia sheds light on the vast differences in our country and how we can hope to bridge some of the educational and social gaps.

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

This historical novel is wildly popular, and for very good reason. Count Rostov is a Russian aristocrat who is placed under house arrest at the Metropol Hotel during the Russian Revolution of 1917.  Unexpected plot twists and friendships enliven this tale as the Count accepts his loss of freedom with dignity and good cheer.

The King Who Made Paper Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881465662
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Published: Mercer University Press - April 2016

A group of homeless street people in Savannah, Georgia create a charming family of misfits and become a strong force for good in the community. My friend, Marie, discovered this novel at the Savannah Book Festival and shared it with me.  It is a delightful and uplifting story that serves as a reminder that goodness and kindness can come from very unexpected places.

Today Will Be Different Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316403450
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2017

Fans of WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE are in for another treat with Semple's newest comic novel about the day in a life of artist Eleanor Flood. Clever writing and unexpected layers of poignant observation add depth to this fun read.