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The Little French Bistro: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451495594
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 6th, 2018

Perfect book for those that loved Little Paris Bookshop and everything French!  This deals with marriage, friendship, finding your place in the world and yourself and of course love!  A great book to take on vacation!

Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982132460
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

Loved this book!  I was drawn in by the seashore setting and the time period and kept reading because of the wonderful characters in the family at its center.  There are trials but there is also strength and love and loyalty.  A perfect, not put downable summer read.

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Northernmost: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525655756
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Published: Knopf - August 18th, 2020

Peter Geye has a way of bringing you right into his novel with his very vivid descriptions and well crafted characters.  I really liked this because it was so well written, adventurous and at some points intense but also romantic.  The Scandanavian backdrop just added to the overall effect.

Meet Me at the Museum: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250295170
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 6th, 2019

Someone came up to the register one day and suggested this book to me.  I love when that happens because I may have missed this book altogether.  I ended up liking it so much that I chose it for my book club for August.  It reminds me of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society which we all loved.  Written in letter form, it brings together two characters from different countries who have a common interest and end up with a meaningful friendship in a time where both are much in need.

Weather: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

Jenny Offill has a very unique way of writing which is so appealing!  I really liked her book Dept. of Speculation and decided to give this a try.  Her main character is a librarian that trys to balance her work, her marriage, her addict brother and her part time gig which is answering letters to right and left wingers worried about climate change and the current state of the world.  Somehow she manages to do all of this and keep herself afloat.  Very timely and well done!

Saturday Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400076192
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Published: Anchor - April 11th, 2006

You can never go wrong with an Ian McEwan novel!   He is a brilliant writer and restores my faith in good writing in general.  Finally a well written book!  This takes place all in one day but in true McEwan style he delves in, describes and elaborates on many topics while still leading you on the page turning path that he has begun.  At several points you will be on the edge of your seat and at others you will just enjoy the ride.

Little Family: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211773
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 28th, 2020

Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was immensely popular and extremely moving and personal.  He has stepped away from biography into a novel that while fiction seems personal at the same time.  I loved his band of characters and continued to be moved by his descriptions of their trials and courage and loyalty. Part coming of age and part political commentary.

A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250237279
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2020

Wow!  I couldn't help but care greatly for the characters in this novel and thought about them well after I had finished reading.  Deals with some very timely topics such as race and class as well as innocence and prejudice.  Plan to stay up late reading!