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The Last Book Party Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250225474
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - July 9th, 2019

This book has all of my favorite things - a female narrator, a narrator that works in the publishing industry and a narrator that goes to the beach!  Add all this to a secret romance and interesting characters and it makes for a wonder summer read!  Most importantly though, it is well written!!

Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316523097
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 25th, 2019

My husband and I were watching a wonderful British crime series (one of our favorite genres!) when I realized that the series was based on Kate Atkinson's mystery novels.  The show is well done and the books are just as good!  This new one has the essential character of Jackson Brodie and delves into his life and personal story.  I really enjoyed this and hope to read more of her work!

The Big Book of Less: Finding Joy in Living Lighter (Flow) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523506286
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2019

From the editors of one of my favorite magazines, Flow, comes this wonderfully, beautiful book about the very Zen topic of Less.  After having read the Art of Simple LIving I decided to stay on my roll and see what else I could learn.  This kind of book is important in that it helps us to center more on what is around us and the simple things in life versus having and wanting more and more.  When they say "Everything you want or think you need, you already have"  really makes me take pause and look within myself as well as at my possessions and the people around me.  It teaches creativity, gratitude and living a life with more peace.  This book also has beautiful illustrations and personal antidotes. Would make a great gift!

Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

A friend of mine really liked Sally Rooney's novel, Conversations with Friends, so I thougt I would pick up this new Indie List title of hers.  She has a very unique style of writing and moves at a slow and careful pace in order for the reader to get to know her characters well.  For those that love an intricate, psychological story that deals with class, family, and first love.

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ISBN: 9781250122445
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

I heard a wonderful interview with the author, Stephen McCauley, on NPR and fell in love with his reading of the first chapter in this novel and the funny way he described his life and inspirations. The rest of the book was just as sweet and funny and well written as I hoped.  I also loved his other novel, the Object of My Affection that was turned into a movie with Jennifer Anniston and Paul Rudd.  Very moving and timely!

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

I haven't run into anyone that hasn't read this and really liked it, especially my fellow book club friends that have chosen to read it for our August pick. It is on the bestsellers list for a reason and has a lot to teach us about courage and determination despite the odds of living a very sheltered life surrounded by people that mistrust the system.  Very eye opening and amazing!

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735220690
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

I loved, loved, loved this book!  If there was a format for a book that would always appeal to me it would be well written, funny, moving and not put downable. Eleanor is someone with a difficult past who manages to navigate her world in a simple yet efficient way while at the same time opening herself to possibilities,  These unexpected changes take the form of friendship, love and the knowledge of what a true family looks like.  Everyone should have people in their life that root for them and make them happy!  It is the essence of life and Eleanor Oliphant shows this very clearly.