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Improvement by Joan Silber

How do our decisions reverberate across space and time? What happens when we choose one course of action over another? Do our decisions even matter? Joan Silber explores these questions and more in her award winning book, Improvement, and her … Continue reading

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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Andrea’s mother Laura is a pillar of the community of Belle Island. As speech therapist she has helped many in the community find their words and be able to communicate fully. Andrea admires her mother and her quiet strength, her … Continue reading

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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

I share my Kindle account with my daughters and sometimes books that I never ordered appear mysteriously on my Kindle.  When Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs made a surprise appearance I was intrigued and as soon as I started it, I … Continue reading

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A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver

I am not really a poetry person, or at least I say that to myself, but if a Mary Oliver book of poems shows up in my life, I devour them.  That is what happened this last weekend when I … Continue reading

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

In Shaker Heights, everything is planned. From the layout of its roads, the colors of the homes themselves, to the placement of the grocery stores, this progressive suburb which attracts up and coming residents who lead successful lives.  The Richardsons … Continue reading

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston

When Zora Neale Hurston came to Plateau, Alabama in 1927, Cudjo Lewis was eighty six years old.  He was one of the last living slaves who remembered crossing the Middle Passage from Africa to the United States on the last … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Sometimes sequels lack the energy and magic of the original story, but not this time! In this sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, Arden exceeds our expectations, making the magical world of medieval Russia come even more alive, while … Continue reading

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