Monday, October 18, 2021

Page Turners

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

I have become a fan of Lia Louis after reading last year’s Dear Emmie Blue and now Eight Perfect Hours.

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Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

I understand why this is the #1 bestseller in France and Italy. It is my favorite book of the year.

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The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Charming and humorous, this tightly plotted mystery pulled every single thread together at the end.

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Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

An absolute delight from beginning to end, this novel doesn’t shy away from tough topics, but takes time to infuse the story with light and laughter in between, making this book incredibly special.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

At its heart, this is a collection of stories deftly woven together to become one story about the power of the written word to connect us across time and space, memory and place, age and experience.

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Smile by Sarah Ruhl

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

How do you communicate when you can’t move your face?

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The Hummingbirds’ Gift Wonder: Beauty, and Renewal on Wings by Sy Montgomery

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

If you have enjoyed watching the hummingbirds this summer, you will be enchanted by this sweet book.

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On Animals by Susan Orlean

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is a collection of essays by the author of The Orchid Thief. A diverse range of animals and subject matters are covered.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In her mid-20s, Michelle Zauner moved back to her childhood home in Oregon to care for her mother.

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Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

Published Oct. 14, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In this post-Civil War historical fiction set in Texas, the main character, Simon, an accomplished fiddler, escapes Confederate conscription with three other musician escapees.

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The Love Hypotheses by Ali Hazelwood

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Women in STEM! Fake dating!

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Assembly by Natasha Brown

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This slim, powerful work of fiction wowed me from beginning to end.

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Colson Whitehead’s latest takes the reader to 1960s Harlem, telling the story of furniture salesman Ray Carney, a generation removed from his father’s crooked past, and his cousin Freddie, who has a penchant for crime.

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Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Wallace, an arrogant jerk when he was alive, is dead and stuck at a tea shop and waystation trying to come to grips with his own death with the help of Reaper Mei, (handsome) Ferryman Hugo, fellow ghost Nelson, and ghost dog, Apollo

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A Troop of Kangaroos by Lisa Mundorff

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is a delightful picture book about animal group names.

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Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In this long-awaited sequel, Aristotle navigates love, loss, grief, race, and self-discovery as a gay man at the height of the AIDS pandemic in El Paso, Texas.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Three points in history, five unique individuals, and one extraordinary ancient story, nearly lost to time, touches and changes them all.

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Love in Color by Bolu Babalola

Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This celebration of love is offered in the form of short stories that borrow from West African folktales, Greek myths, Middle Eastern legends, and more.

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Pony by R.J. Palacio

Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Twelve-year-old Silas Bird’s life takes an unexpected turn one night in 1860 when a band of men take his father away.

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Branches of Hope, The 9/11 Survivor Tree by Ann Magee Illustrated by Nicole Wong

Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This new picture book frames its true story around a tree discovered burned and buried by debris after the 9/11 attacks.

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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Published Sep. 16, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Sally Rooney has a knack for imbuing her writing with the anxieties of her generation.

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What’s the Matter, Marlo? by Andrew Arnold

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This children’s picture book lovingly addresses losing a beloved pet.

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The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In the midst of World War II, the Germans invade France and capture Jewish civilians.

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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

In this beautiful, mysterious, and gripping novel by the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Piranesi lives in a vast labyrinth lined with statues where the ocean can flood the rooms in an instant.

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Dangerous Play by Emma Kress

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Field hockey, friends, and a possible first love are derailed by sexual assault, until Zoe and her team fight back, going vigilante to make sure other girls are safe.

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Here We Are by Graham Swift

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is the book that broke my COVID-induced reading slump. From Booker Prize-winning author Graham Swift comes a beautifully written, engaging, and concise novel.

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Clean by James Hamblin

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

This is a fascinating read from more than one perspective, including biology, business, culture, and yes, health.

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Intimacies by Katie Kitamura

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

As with her previous novel, Katie Kitamura has blown me away with the flow of her writing.

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The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Published Sep. 02, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Matt Haig has spread his roots wide writing beautiful works of fiction, compelling memoirs, and now inspiration.

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Skye Falling by Mia McKenzie

Published Aug. 19, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Skye has spent her life keeping others at a distance.

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