Families

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Irene Steele has a close to perfect life, or does she? She loves job, her husband Russ, their Victorian home, and her two grown sons.

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As we approach adulthood, we convince ourselves that the mental scripts that have defined us for nearly our entire lives can be discarded. Or altered. Or at least minimized.

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“The Storyteller’s Secret is a lavishly told tale of secrets, love, and loyalty.

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“This is a small but beautiful book and one that deserves to be cherished.

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A teenage girl is viciously stabbed multiple times in the woods, the result of a preplanned attack by her two best friends. The motive?

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Suffering from vague cognitive deficits after his car plunges into Lake Superior, Virgil Wander must navigate the world anew.

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While the works of Amy Tan, Gish Jen, and other popular Asian-American writers have charted the trials and tribulations of immigrants in the United States, Lucy Tan reverses field in her low-key, i

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NARRATOR, QUIRKY

One who examines his tattered life by bringing together seemingly disparate elements from his past, both real and imagined. See REALITY.

REALITY

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“There’s a misconception that the woods are the destination in a fairy tale. The woods are just something to get through. Scary, yes. Necessary, of course.

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“The collection’s prevailing tone may be that of quiet melancholy, but it is suffused with joy.” 

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“a nerve-shredding psychological thriller that will keep readers guessing to the very last page.”

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“Baby Teeth is a very satisfying read. More psychological thriller than horror, it’s a finely crafted exploration of the breakdown of the family unit . .

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In her follow up to The Half-Drowned King, Linnea Hartsuyker continues her novelization of Snorri Sturlison’s “The Saga of Harald Harfagr” in an immaculately researched story that stands u

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Ah, the mother-teenage daughter relationship: anxiety, pressure, sullen silence, forced cheerfulness, eye-rolling, snippy comments, guilt, fear, and a few precious moments of sweetness.

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“bleak, despairing, and an utterly compelling examination of freewill versus fate.”

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“Tense and dramatic . . . amusing and uplifting. This is a superb, timeless book.”

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Twenty years ago, Hope, 14, and her sister Eden, 16, were kidnapped. They barely made it out alive and now their kidnapper, Larry, is up for parole. The sisters might be called upon to testify.

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Though listed as a mystery, The Shades by Evgenia Citkowitz is a challenging novel to classify.

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A suspicious death, two families from the opposite ends of the economic spectrum, each with secrets to keep, and a love story entice the reader to keep turning the pages no matter how late it gets,

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“as satisfying as a plate of General Tso’s chicken after a night of drinking.”

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Ever walked into a forest? Evocations of enchantment, majesty, beauty, and even fear are all around. The stuff of fairytales.

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Upstate is a quiet, slightly boring, beautiful piece of writing, a bit like the image conveyed by its title, a rural retreat far from the lights and bustle of New York City.

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Caleb Johnson’s debut, Treeborne, is a story about a family living in Elberta, Alabama, where a parcel of land, 700 acres in total, arouses deep emotions as it’s about to be flooded over w

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Patrick “Pack” Walsh may not know exactly where he’s going in life, but he’s happy where he is. He’s got a girlfriend who gets him. His single dad is his best friend.

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Martha Weisberg lives a carefully crafted existence. Her days run together one like another and she finds this predictability comforting.

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