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ISBN: 9781455599875
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 21st, 2015

I can't remember when I enjoyed a memoir so much!  Elizabeth Alexander writes in such a beautiful way!  I ended up caring deeply for her family and their loss and was so drawn into their lives - their passion for art, cooking, writing and just being together.  I want so much for her to write fiction and/or more about her life but meanwhile I will be reading more of her lovely poetry!

By Marina Keegan, Anne Fadiman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781476753911
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 14th, 2015

This is another memoir/collection of stories and essays that really got to me.  It is very sad that such a collection came about because of a young person's too early death but I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to read such amazing work.  Marina Keegan was immensely talented and I believe really lived life to the fullest in her short life.  A lesson to us all!

ISBN: 9780307931894
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Published: Ember - September 10th, 2013

A perfect YA book!  This book was nothing like anything I've ever read.  His style is so original and made me think about what it would be like in someone else's body.  The underlying idea of prejudice based on what we look like on the outside really came through.  We are so much more than what the eye can see - even if this was shown in a fictional sense.

ISBN: 9781101875049
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 2nd, 2015

Having loved Judy Blume as a kid, devouring everything she's every written, I was happy to sit back and enjoy her new adult novel.  If the fifties are your time period and unusual events get you excited, feel free to give it a try. There are lots of characters to fall in love with and lots of things to bring back memories of "back in the day!"

ISBN: 9781632861122
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 2nd, 2015

I was so, so, so glad I picked up this book!  I try to read at least a couple of the current Indie Bound Picks each month and with this book I fell in love!!  It is one of those books that you enjoy from beginning to end and are actually mad that it isn't longer.  The descriptions of Norway are amazing and the little bakery in Manhattan drew me right in.  The characters are just plain lovely!!

ISBN: 9781408841020
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 16th, 2015

A sweet, small memoir that takes on a big topic, intertwines it with descriptions of London and nature and birds and makes you appreciate life right here and now!

ISBN: 9780393248210
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 11th, 2015

I am a sucker for an Irish author with an Irish cast of characters taking place in an Irish landscape and for good reason.  It takes me somewhere else and into the lives of those that are as human as the rest of us but with something a little different - not quite our experience.  I loved this book, the prose was beautiful and I look forward to reading anything else by this amazing writer!