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PBR Review: THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson is one the best book I've listened to in a while! I agree with the Washington Post when it says, " It's your cure to Downton Abby Withdrawl." I couldn't stop listening to t More


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Talking Points: Several threads run through this love story, which will provide excellent topics for lively discussions. The suffragette movement along with social class and family honor are active components of the story and will give your Book Club a lot to debate!

PBR Review: Ove is a “don’t judge a book by its cover kind of man.” When you first meet – he is different - the self-appointed mayor of the neighborhood who performs a series of daily tasks that annoy. He notices everything. He barks at th More


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Talking Points: Ove doesn't just show us how to be nonjudgmental, but also what the true meaning of family and friendship is. Other themes that run through this book are love, coping with loss and obtaining balance in life. What is it that turns quirky habits into endearing qualities or vise versa?

PBR Review: I listened to this book on Audio, and I wanted to discuss it with someone after the first chapter. Daisy, a beautiful young woman, is given the news her cancer is back, and she only has a few months to live. Her quest is to find More


Talking Points: Because the story is about a young woman facing cancer, it's an emotional read and shines a light on the many tentacles illnesses have, which are all worthy of discussion. It also forces you to examine how you would react if dealt the same hand. There's a lot to talk about in this book.

PBR Review: I found “The Brothers Sisters” by Patrick Dewitt to be a fresh and innovative novel. As a Man Booker contender, this book was an intimate glimpse into the hard and sometimes brutal Old West of the 1850’s. Two brothers, Eli and Ch More



PBR Review: I listened to Whistling Past The Grave Yard by Susan Crandall on audio during a long car ride and found it to be a thoroughly entertaining book. It's a beautiful coming of age story set in Mississippi during the 1960’s. The prot More


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Talking Points: The story takes place in the 1960's, which was a turbulent time for America. Racism and class are a major thread throughout the book as well as family relationships and the dynamics, which occur within a broken family. It's told through the voice of a child, which adds an interesting spin to the book.

PBR Review: While attending the Book Expo in NYC, I had the pleasure of going to a panel discussion featuring Liane Moriarty. As a fan of her writing, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her talk about her books and her life. She was so char More


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PBR Review: One of my all time favorite books is HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so when AMERICANAH was released I couldn’t wait to read it. The word AMERICANAH is used to describe a Nigerian, who goes to the United States More


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PBR Review: A HUNDRED SUMMERS by Beatriz Williams is the perfect beach read. It's light and romantic. There's a little rivalry, a little history and bunch of family drama in this book. What makes it even more interesting is the author uses More


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Talking Points: You're only as sick as your secrets, is how the saying goes and there are certainly a lot of secrets in this book giving your book club some hot topics to discuss. Social taboo's, class discrimination, love, family, and betrayal are front and center in this story. Add The New England Hurricane of 1938 and you've got a lively Book Club meeting.

PBR Review: I'll start this review by admitting I'm a huge fan of Liane Moriarty. Once I pick up one of her books, I have a hard time putting it down. Her writing is superb, and her character development is exceptional, which makes her one More


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Talking Points: This book will create a dynamic discussion on several topics. It presents the reader with several personal questions to ponder. Do I know my partners as well as I think? Can I survive the betrayal? What price will I pay to save my family? The characters are well developed, therefore making them worthy of examination.

PBR Review: This debut novel by Jenny Wingfield is one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. It’s beautifully descriptive and pulls you to the Deep South on the Moses family farm during the 1950’s. A sprawling Arkansas homestead i More


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Talking Points: Good books with well developed characters always provide a multitude of discussions points. There are many complex characters of various ages and moral compasses in this story. It's a heartfelt story with some volatile issues which should provide a lively discussion group.

PBR Review: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is a fresh, funny, and original book I listened to on audio. It centers on Bernadette, a kooky wife and mother, who at one time was an accomplished architect. She’s now an agoraphobic who More


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Talking Points: There's much to discuss with this book. It touches upon many of the universal struggles everyone experiences at one time or another in life. The challenges of marriage, work, community, raising a family, and the mother daughter bond are a few examples of topics in this heartfelt book. How we handle them and get through to the other side is another.

PBR Review: Life in a small town can be oppressive and constricting – it’s residents wary and unwelcoming of strangers, change and dissimilar thoughts. This is the backdrop for “The Wingshooters”. The story centers on a young biracial Japa More


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Talking Points: The subject matter in this book is deep. The story is laced with hatred, racial tension and issues of bullying, child abuse, violence ,class and gender roles. Charlie, in particular is an interesting character. He has a strong attachment to his biracial granddaughter but is also bigoted and resistant to change, demonstrating the fine line between love and hate and showing that strength of the bonds of blood?
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