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Aug 2021: The Girl with the Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel by Abi Daré Fiction suggested by Patti From Patti  “very strong female character” “set in modern-day Nigeria, and it tells the story of a girl from a small, poverty-stricken village.  Her father sells her into an awful marriage because he needs money, but the marriage doesn’t last long; and she […]

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Sep 2021: Into the Magic Shop

Into the Magic Shop by Stanford Neurosurgeon James Doty  Memoir suggested by Romie Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford […]

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Oct 2021: The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason Fiction suggested by Romie WWI historical fiction. From the ballrooms of Vienna to an Eastern Front battlefield hospital, a story of war and medicine, of family, finding love, of mistakes and opportunities to atone. from Amazon — Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I […]

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Nov 2021: Frog

Frog: A Novel by Mo Yan Fiction suggested by Zhenhua from Amazon – A sweeping history of modern China through the lens of the nation’s one-child policy and a midwife who enforces the policy. Desperate families, illegal surrogates, abortion, guilt. In 2012, the Nobel committee confirmed Mo Yan’s position as one of the greatest and […]

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Dec 2021: Exit West

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid Fiction suggested by Janet from Amazon – When Nadia and Saeed fall in love in a distant unnamed city, they are just like any other young couple. But soon bullets begin to fly, fighter jets streak the sky, and curfews fall. As the spell of violence spreads, they […]