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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

turnerhouse

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 »

The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills

Survivor

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 »

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

fates and furies

Fates and Furies by Laren Groff “Fates and Furies is the story of a marriage, divided into two sections. The first, Fates, focuses on the husband’s story. The second, Furies, completes the tale, focusing on the wife. “It’s a dramatic read, believe me,” says Russo”. – NPR.org “Lauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, and Fates and Furies is ... Read More »

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 »