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American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis

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American Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis Thoroughly entertaining, in a delightfully snarky way, Ellis (a native Southerner now living in New York City) conjures up these little short story gems about the different role of housewives in the modern world. From a battle over a co-op common area to an introductory entrée into an established book club, Ellis writes with a vivid and razor ... Read More »

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly, thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four ... Read More »

Britt-Marie Was Here

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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Walking away from her loveless marriage and taking a job in a derelict, financially devastated town, sixty-three-year-old Britt-Marie uses her fierce organizational skills to become a local soccer coach to a group of lost children.  From the author of A Man Called Ove. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman” target=”blank” ]Peggy’s Picks[/button] Read More »

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss

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Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss An art critic and an exiled Argentine painter on the run from his country’s violence are brought together by their individual tragedies, a small-town beauty, and a mysterious orphan boy who helps them rediscover what they have lost. Read More »

The Turner House

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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy A debut set in Detroit, with a family of 13 grown children and an aging East Side house.  From Flournoy’s website, a link to her recent New York Times op-ed on Detroit and her Dad. And here’s what Booklist had to say: *Starred Review* The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street on Detroit’s East Side ... Read More »

The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

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The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills “Kyle Mills  picks up Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp without missing a beat and  dives right into a taut, suspenseful story of a traitor in the CIA who steals a wealth of sensitive documents. Mitch Rapp quickly tracks the traitor down and dispatches him—but the stolen data is out there, and starts turning ... Read More »