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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501121906
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 20th, 2017

I haven't read a book in a while that I was so completely entralled with.  This is the kind of book that you look around as your reading, hoping that there's someone you can read a sentence or a phrase to.  It is sweet and witty and an amazing debut from a first time author. This book reminds you that things aren't always as they seem and neither are people. Wish all books were this enjoyable!

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Kiss Carlo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062319227
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Published: Harper - June 20th, 2017

If you want a book that takes you back in time to the fifties, in the Italian neiborhoods of South Philly, then this is your book! My love for Adriana Trigiani goes way back to Lucia, Lucia and continues with the large Italian family she creates in this novel.  There is always romance, good authenic food and something special such handmade shoes or a struggling theater as in this story. I can see the colors and smell the smells and hear the dialect. So old school!

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A Kind of Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619029224
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

This book caught my eye especially since I never read anything by this author and continued to hold my attention in a really good way!  I had been to New Orleans and loved it and this brought it all back.  It is a reminder of what it was like for some people of color during this time period and the decisions they had to make for themselves, for family and for love.

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Montpelier Parade Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936787555
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Published: Catapult - August 22nd, 2017

When I was thinking about who to pass this book on to now that I am finished, I decided that it had to be someone that really appreciated a good Irish author, a complicated father son relationship, and a coming of age story that involves a woman with a secret.  Add beautiful prose and you have a perfect little piece of literature.

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Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

I loved Celeste Ng's novel, Everything I Never Told You, and was really excited when this came out.  From page one that begins at the end, I could not put this down!  I loved the characters, their choices, their very different upbringings and the thought that what makes one better than the other is really personal.  If you like the cover, you will like the book even better!

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Devotion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300218626
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Published: Yale University Press - September 12th, 2017

My sister and I are huge Patti Smith fans and I know she will be happy when I send her this in the mail!  She has seen her play in Portland, OR and both of us have read her brilliant stories, Just Kids and M Train.  She is an amazing writer and is always giving you these special little glimpses into her writing process down to the cafes that she frequents and the amazing places she gets to travel to, to speak and sign books.  You can almost taste the dark coffee that she drinks and the warm bread she likes to eat.  Devotion is part writing process and part little novella all of which are enjoyable and done in true Patti Smith style.

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The Light We Lost Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212756
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 9th, 2017

Did you ever wonder what your life would be life if you made a different decision, moved to a different place or chose someone else to love?  This book asks all these questions in a beautiful way and makes you think about what might have been but also about being grateful with what you have and the choice you did make.  Is there really one person for everyone? Something else to think about.  I looked forward to this book every night and was glad I gave it a chance!