Families

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“In the beginning there was one murderer, one mule and one boy, but this isn’t the beginning . . .

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Shell is set in the Australia of the mid-1960s, the Vietnam war era, the time the revolutionary Sydney Opera House was under construction in Sydney harbor.

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This novel commences with a man veering off the road and crashing after realizing he made a terrible mistake.

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“This just may be the perfect book for our times, when acknowledgement of common ground and empathy are sorely needed.”

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The release of a new novel by multiple award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver is such an important event on the publishing calendar it’s enough to set booksellers’ pulses racing and book clubs all

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

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

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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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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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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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Physician’s assistant Annie Marlow, happy with her life and job in southern California, feels guilty when her mother pleads with her to come home for Thanksgiving.

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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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