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The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Bedani (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 10

Courage. Strength. Resilience. These are all words we are hearing more and more these days, but what they mean can look so different in different circumstances. Badani seems to instinctively know that and in this quiet but powerful book, she … Continue reading

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 8)

After reading The Huntress by Kate Quinn, I couldn’t resist reading her next novel, The Alice Network. Set against the back drop of WWII this is a novel that reveals the efforts of  the intrepid women who spied against the … Continue reading

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Inland by Téa Obreht (Books to Read During a Pandemic part 7)

After six weeks of offering multiple books, genres and series to keep you occupied during a pandemic, today I am returning to my regular format of offering one book that I have read recently. I read Téa Obreht’s The Tiger … Continue reading

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His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman

I did not read Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy when they were first published starting in 1995.  It wasn’t until HBO recently started advertising its new series based on the books that I became interested. Although marketed as young adult … Continue reading

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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

I became very curious when Tokarczuk won the Man Booker Prize for Flights and then even more intrigued when she recently won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature. (The award was postponed a year due to internal controversy and dissension … Continue reading

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Deep in the marshes and bayous near Barkley Cove, North Carolina is where the “Marsh Girl” lived. The people of the town knew of her-the abandoned girl named Kya Clark, who lived in a ramshackle hut that was only accessible … Continue reading

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Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Jane Harper is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. She has the uncanny ability to take the ordinary and create mystery and suspense seemingly out of thin air. An ordinary corporate retreat camping in the woods in her hands … Continue reading

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

I wanted to love this book. I wanted to engage with the characters and learn from them but somehow it all became dull and lifeless. I hope that those of you who did love this book will let me know … Continue reading

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Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

In 1951, Yun Ling Teoh makes her way to the Cameron Highlands of Malaya. Scarred and traumatized by her experiences during the war in a Japanese concentration camp, she needs time to heal and find a way to live again.  … Continue reading

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

What happens to a young boy on the cusp of manhood when his mother is assaulted and almost killed? What happens to a family who must cope while their mother and their wife tries to heal from the physical and … Continue reading

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