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Aug 2020: The Vexations

The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks fiction suggested by Shirley From Amazon – A novel about the life of French composer Erik Satie, in the streets and cafes of Montmartre on the cusp of the twentieth century, about family and genius and the toll that genius exacts on family in pursuit of great art. Erik Satie […]

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July 2020: Pachinko

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Fiction suggested by Janet From Amazon – An extraordinary epic of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan. In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore […]

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June 2020: A Beginner’s Guide to the End

A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death by Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger Non-Fiction suggested by Terry from Amazon – “There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” hospice physician B.J. Miller and journalist and caregiver Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End. “Our […]

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May 2020: The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier Fiction suggested by Romie from Amazon – bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement. Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850 only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick […]

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Apr 2020: Working

Working by Robert A. Caro Non-Fiction suggested by Toni From Amazon — From the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Power Broker and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books. For the first time in book form, Robert […]

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Mar 2020: Ask Again, Yes

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Fiction suggested by Lisa From goodreads: A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same […]

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Feb 2020: Red Notice

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder Non-Fiction suggested by Ruthann A true life thriller. Browder, an American hedge fund founder invests in Russia, gets rich, uncovers fraud and exposes the corruption of Russian government officials. He and his employees escape, but one of […]

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Jan 2020: Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Fiction suggested by Janet The Amazon/publishers description — Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the “Marsh Girl”. Sensitive and intelligent, Kya has survived for years alone in the marsh that […]

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Dec 2019: For Her Own Good

For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich Non-Fiction suggested by Janet ~from Amazon – This women’s history brilliantly exposes the constraints imposed on women in the name of science and the myths used to control them. Since the 19th century, professionals have been invoking scientific expertise to […]

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Nov 2019: The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers Non-Fiction suggested by Sharon from Amazon – Mokhtar Alkhanshali is twenty-four and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral homeland to tour terraced farms high in the […]