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"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book."  STEPHEN FRY

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ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Richardson's engaging novel is a tribute to the 1930s Kentucky Pack Horse Library.  Cussy Mary Carter, Troublesome's traveling librarian, is also one of the Kentucy blue-skinned people.  A solid book group selection.


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ISBN: 9780778308829
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Published: Mira Books - June 25th, 2019

Once in awhile a novel comes along that absolutely enchants me.  I love Harry and his unique friends (including his trees).  I totally agree with Debbie McComber who says the book "is worth its weight in gold".


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Time After Time: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983647
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 9th, 2020

A love story that is beyond time set in Grand Central Station.  Grunwald's sense of place is outstanding!


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ISBN: 9781496721686
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Published: A John Scognamiglio Book - April 28th, 2020

A fascinating historical novel about the use of homing pigeons during WWII.  Don't laugh!  I have become quite taken with these brave and able birds.


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ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

One of the best novels I read during 2020.  Little is known about Shakespeare's son who died at an early age.  O'Farrell's prose is absolutely beautiful and her imagination never stops.  Excellent!


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ISBN: 9780812996708
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - November 3rd, 2020

I really enjoyed this book about two women going on an incredible journey to find the golden beetle of New Caledonia. Funny and very moving


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ISBN: 9780593160336
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 13th, 2020

Please excuse the gaudy cover.  This is a compelling novel about the power of music.  Australian author.


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ISBN: 9780525511502
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Published: Random House Trade - February 23rd, 2021

One of the best novels I read in 2020.  Beautiful prose and memorable characters.  A mesmerizing look at slavery and freedom.


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ISBN: 9781101947807
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Published: Knopf - February 2nd, 2021

I was deeply moved by this beautifully written and fascinating novel about four generations of Jewish women, based on a series of letters written by Fox's great-grandmother in Germany to her grandmother in Milwaukee between 1938 and 1941.  Annelise leaves Germany with her hausband and child at the cusp of World War ii and emigrates to Milwaukee, where a new life awaits.  But she leaves behind her parents, who desperately wait for visas to join her.  Memories play a deep part in the novel, as do the (sometimes ) rocky relationships between mothers and daughters.  I'm sure that this excellent novel will find a  place on many reading group lists.  


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ISBN: 9781524746094
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Published: Dutton - February 23rd, 2021

Abi Dare has created an unforgettable character in Adunni, a young Nigerian girl who is determined to escape her life of poverty.  Told in Adunni's voice, this novel will inspire you.  One of the best books I've read recently.


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ISBN: 9780593084892
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 6th, 2021

I was immersed in this Broadway musical tale.  Too bad they didn't produce an original cast album.


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ISBN: 9780525542285
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 25th, 2021

Maisie and Grant stay with their gay uncle (Guncle) Patrick in Palm Springs while their dad (Patrick's brother) goes to Rehab.  Funny and moving, this novel is a perfect summer getaway.


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ISBN: 9780593183922
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Published: Dutton - April 27th, 2021

I loved this book.  Loved the characters and the bee knowledge I received.  


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ISBN: 9781250219374
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 13th, 2021

The first Katherine Center book I've read and I really enjoyed it.