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The Lake House by Kate Morton

Lake House

The Lake House by Kate Morton “Bestselling storyteller Morton excels in this mystery set against the gothic backdrop of 1930s England … Morton’s plotting is impeccable, and her finely wrought characters, brought together in the end by Sparrow’s investigation, are as surprised as readers will be by the astonishing conclusion”~ Publishers Weekly “A nuanced exploration of family secrets and betrayal ... Read More »

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

walk in the woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson For reasons even he didn’t understand, Bill Bryson decided in 1996 to walk the 2,100-mile Appalachian trail. Winding from Georgia to Maine, this uninterrupted ‘hiker’s highway’ sweeps through the heart of some of America’s most beautiful and treacherous terrain. Accompanied by his infamous crony, Stephen Katz, ... Read More »

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal “This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.” ... Read More »

Quartet for the End of Time by Johanna Skibsrud

Quartet for the End of Time

Quartet for the End of Time by Johanna Skibsrud ” A mesmerizing story of four lives irrevocably linked in a single act of betrayal. The novel takes us on an unforgettable journey beginning during the 1930s Bonus Army riots, when World War I veteran Arthur Sinclair is falsely accused of conspiracy and then disappears. His absence will haunt his son, Douglas, ... Read More »

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

Villa America

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann When Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy met and married, they set forth to create a beautiful world together-one that they couldn’t find within the confines of society life in New York City. They packed up their children and moved to the South of France, where they immediately fell in with a group of expats, including ... Read More »

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume “Judy Blume isn’t just revered, she’s revolutionary. . . . The novel moves with momentum, told in short chapter bursts, newspaper reports and even scripted dialogue. . . . Blume nails every 1950s detail, from the refinished basements with wet bars and knotty-pine walls to Elizabeth Taylor haircuts and mentions of Bogart and ... Read More »

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman “From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things: a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro – “the Father of Impressionism”. Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel ... Read More »

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain “Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s.Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman -Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton ... Read More »

At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces.At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands. Read More »