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Be Frank with Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062413727
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

This was a book that I had never heard of and because of that was excited when someone picked it for our monthly Book Club pick.  It's nice to get out of your box!  This was super sweet!  I fell in love with the main character, Frank....his quirkiness, his true to himself nature, his old-fashioned, movie star fashion sense and adorable sense of humor.  A story about the immeasurable love for your child and the craziness of the publishing world.

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Sweetbitter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 24th, 2016

A page turning coming of age story that got me from  page one!  If you have ever worked in the restaurant business and can imagine any of the craziness that goes on, you will love the spot on descriptions and all too familiar characters.  I admire the main character's self confidence when it comes to leaving her home town and moving to NYC,,,,living on her own, trying to find her way while barely gettng by and then little by little finding out who she really is, who she cares about and what matters most....with alot of mistakes and learning inbetween.

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How to Set a Fire and Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101870570
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 5th, 2016

All I can say is that I handed this book to my 17 year old daughter and she proceeded to read the entire thing in one sitting.  Then I picked it up and did the same.  So original with such an important voice full of intelligence, sharp wit and obvious the ability to find a place in the world despite the cards you've been dealt.

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Commonwealth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062491794
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Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

Gotta love Ann Patchett, writer of many incredible stories and huge supporter of the Independent Book Store (she owns one herself in Tennessee!)  Commonwealth does not disappoint!   I loved the opening scene, the out of nowhere, life changing events and the way these affected so much of the lives of all the characters involved.  It was amazing to see all points of view and to care for each character differently.  This would make a great book club discussion and gift for a special friend.

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312569372
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

Last month's Book Club PIck for my Newtown Book Club, this was truly one to get us out of our box! So multi-layered, so chock full of interesting historical background and so perfect for anyone with any sense of creativity and love for art.  I knew nothing of the topic and learned so much just by opening the book!

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A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

Deep sigh!!  I cannot say enough about this incredibly, lovely story!  Quite possibly the best book I've read in years!!  I enjoyed every single page, smiled, laughed and cried and was actually mad when it ended because I wished it was another 500 pages longer. Amor Towles is an incredible writer and a truly gifted storyteller.  Destined to be on the bestseller list for a long, long time and probably the best gift you will give for Christmas. Please put everything else down and start this now!

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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Wow!  2016 Pulizer Prize winning fiction that take place at the end of the Vietnam war filled with satire, sarcasm and extreme social conciousness with many points of view and intelligent insights.  Part spy novel, part immigrant experience and part story of love and friendship.  Amazing!