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The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

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The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman “Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives. On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm ... Read More »

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand “Tragedy can strike at any moment. In Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand, we are introduced Dianne, a young woman who has lived a wonderful life. She is married to the love of her life, has a delightful young child, and owns a charming literary café in Paris. ... Read More »

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin “For those of us who are women of a certain age and have subscriptions to Vanity Fair, the star-crossed friendship between Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley was the stuff of tabloid legend. They met cute in the mid-’50s when he hitched a ride on the Paleys’ private plane. When her husband, ... 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 »

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including “Olive Kitteridge “and” The Burgess Boys, “have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in “My Name Is Lucy Barton, “this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender ... Read More »

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison

This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison Evison writes humanely and with good humor of his characters, who, like the rest of us, muddle through, too often without giving ourselves much of a break. A lovely, forgiving character study that’s a pleasure to read.”~ From Kirkus Insightful, richly entertaining look at a woman who, very late in the ... 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 Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck The best travel memoirs tell three stories at once — about the author, the trip itself and the territory being traveled. In The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey (**** out of four), Rinker Buck excels at all three. We watch Buck’s evolution from a fussy Northeastern journalist bemoaning the slow-motion train wreck of ... Read More »

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Outline by Rachel Cusk

Outline by Rachel Cusk Cusk’s subtle, unconventional and lethally intelligent novel, “Outline,” her eighth, is a string of one-sided conversations. A divorced woman traveling in Greece, our narrator, talks — or rather listens — to the people she meets, absorbing their stories of love and loss, deception, pride and folly. Well-worn subjects — adultery, divorce, ennui — become freshly menacing ... Read More »