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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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The Boat Runner: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062658012
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 5th, 2017

An excellent novel about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during WWII, seen through the eyes of a young Dutch teen who joins the German Navy.


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All I Love and Know: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062302892
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 21st, 2015

Frank writes about a gay couple whose relationship spins out of control when they're confronted with a tragedy.  Excellent!


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ISBN: 9780684822778
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 23rd, 1996

One of my favorite novels!  A father and his daughter search throughout Europe for the wife/mother who has abandoned them.  A dark and thought provoking book.


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The Night Tiger: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250175458
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 12th, 2019

Choo's mesmerizing novel, set in 1930s Malaya, is a rich and haunting story following the journeys of Ren, an 11 year-old houseboy; and Ji Lin, a young seamstress/dance hall girl.  Such a wonderful piece of work!  


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ISBN: 9780525434979
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Published: Vintage - February 5th, 2019

I found this novel to be riveting and very moving.  Navin explores grief in all of its manifestations and lets us see the aftermath of a school shooting through a first grader's eyes.  Very powerful!


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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

This compassionate and heartbreaking novel is the best book I've read this year.  I guarantee a great discussion for your reading group. 


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We Must Be Brave Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735218864
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 26th, 2019

A touching novel set in a small English village during and after WWII.  A story about love and loss.  Ellen Parr is a character you won't forget.


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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250214867
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Published: Picador - May 14th, 2019

Rodgers and Hammerstien musicals have been part of my life as far back as I can remember. (I own 4 different CDS of "The Sound of Music".)  Purdum's book is a fine tribute to the pair.


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The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062572103
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - July 24th, 2018

Set on the shores of Lake Superior, this intricate family saga is beautifully written.  Doe the reading world need more lighthouse stories?  Yes, if it's this one!


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ISBN: 9780525537960
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 2nd, 2019

In this fascinating novel, writer James Smale has just sold his novel to Viking/Doubleday. His editor?  None other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  The relationship between Mrs. Onassis and James grows as they work to improve his book.  And so does James's relationship with his mother.     


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Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062641366
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 11th, 2019

An intimate and compelling look at the complicated life of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein written by his daughter.


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ISBN: 9781616209360
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 4th, 2019

Excellent novel about an evangelical preacher who changes his religious views when he's ostracized by his congregation after accepting a gay couple into his flock.  He flees his small Tennessee town with his son when his wife demands full custody.  Great father/son relationship.