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All The Ugly and Wonderful Things
by Bryn Greenwood
From The Jacket: - A New York Times and USA Today bestseller - Book of the Month Club 2016 Book of the Year - Second Place Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016 A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard- More Read PBR Review

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This author holds nothing back as she explores the lives of two very dysfunctional people. The topics are going to make you squirm and will throw your moral compass off balance. Recommend
by-Linda 2017/12/05, 12:21 PM

Historical Fiction
Glory Over Everything
by Kathleen Grissom
From The Jacket: From the author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House, a novel of family and long-buried secrets along the treacherous Underground Railroad. Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and mast More Read PBR Review

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This is a beautifully written emotional story about slavery from the author of The Kitchen House. It’s intense and a feast for those who love historical fiction. It tells the story of a fair skinned black man living as a white man and the demons he fights as he struggles with right and wrong and moral obligations. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/11/25, 05:52 PM

Historical Fiction
The Address
by Fiona Davis
From The Jacket: AFTER A FAILED APPRENTICESHIP, WORKING HER WAY UP TO HEAD HOUSEKEEPER OF A POSH LONDON HOTEL IS MORE THAN SARA SMYTHE EVER THOUGHT SHE'D MAKE OF HERSELF. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of More Read PBR Review

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When you finish this book you’ll want to read everything you can about the Dakota Apartment building in NYC. This is a story about two women, who lived a hundred years apart. The Dakota is the thread that ties them together. Great for historical fiction enthusiast and a must read for fans of Davis’s first book The Dollhouse.
by-Linda 2017/11/25, 05:51 PM

Thriller
Good Me Bad Me
by Ali Land
From The Jacket: INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S EDITORS' CHOICE HOW FAR DOES THE APPLE REALLY FALL FROM THE TREE? Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Lan More Read PBR Review

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A tense and suspenseful story of Millie, a psychologically damaged teenage girl, whose mother is a serial killer. One day, Millie turns her mother into authorities but worries she has inherited the killer gene. This is a story that will definitely hook you and keep you turning the pages.
by-Linda 2017/11/25, 05:50 PM

mystery
Magpie Murders
by Anthony Horowitz
From The Jacket: From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery. More Read PBR Review

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A fabulous complex whodunit. There is a puzzle to figure out, two murders to solve and it’s a well-executed story within a story. Plus it’s highly entertaining and face paced. Simply brilliant. Do not miss this one. Highly recommend.
by-Linda 2017/11/15, 09:42 PM

fiction
The Lightkeepers Daughters
by Jean E. Pendziwol
From The Jacket: The Instant International Bestseller “Jean Pendziwol’s beautifully written novel captured me from the very first page. Its descriptions of the windswept lightkeeper’s station of Elizabeth’s and Emily’s youth are so crisply re More Read PBR Review

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An endearing story of love and longing that is intriguing and insightful. It’s about a bond that develops between a rebellious teen and an elderly woman in a nursing home. The incredible descriptions and character development create atmosphere and tension. Recommend for those that enjoy a tempered literary read.
by-Linda 2017/11/15, 09:34 PM

Thriller
Best Day Ever
by Kaira Rouda
From The Jacket: “I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising execu More Read PBR Review

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A tense psychological thriller with characters so real you feel like you can read their minds. They are intense, meaning you either love or hate them. The storyline hooks you early, and the pace and twists will keep you reading to the end. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/11/15, 09:28 PM

Thriller
The Last Mrs. Parrish
by Liv Constantine
From The Jacket: The mesmerizing debut about a coolly manipulative woman and a wealthy "golden couple," from a stunning new voice in psychological suspense. Some women get everything. Some women get everything they deserve. Ambe More Read PBR Review

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I loved the premise of this book. One woman decides she wants another woman’s husband He is obscenely rich and she can’t see any other way to get the lifestyle she deserves. But, all is not as it seems. This twisty story will keep you guessing and turning the pages.
by-Linda 2017/10/26, 12:52 AM

Historical Fiction
The Vengeance of Mothers
by Jim Fergus
From The Jacket: The stunning sequel to the award-winning novel One Thousand White Women: A Novel. My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our Peopl More Read PBR Review

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An amazing read. It’s set in the late 1800s and shows how the US government mistreated women and Native Americans . The women in this story are strong and inspiriting, and the premise is unique. What happens when you give white women to Cheyenne and Arapo Indians to try to assimilate the Indians into the white culture?
by-Linda 2017/11/06, 05:24 PM

Historical Fiction
Lilli De Jong
by Janet Benton
From The Jacket: A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses More Read PBR Review

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A remarkable debut, a compelling look at the lack of support from family, friends and society for unwed mothers in the late 1800s and an intense look at the role of women in this era.
by-Linda 2017/10/24, 01:44 PM

mystery
The Child Finder
by Rene Denfeld
From The Jacket: Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certai More Read PBR Review

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The elegant writing style is what will draw you in and make you remember this literary thriller. This is a story of a child gone missing and one woman’s search to find her. It's both engrossing and a tale you won’t forget as it’s not your typical police story. Recommend for those who like a sophisticated mystery.
by-Linda 2017/10/24, 01:43 PM

fiction
The Hearts Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
From The Jacket: From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or More Read PBR Review

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This is a bittersweet, epic book about Catherine, a teenager giving birth out of wedlock in 1949 Ireland. It tells her story and that of her son, Cyril, who struggles being gay in a time when it was lethal to be so. Catherine was forced to give Cyril up for adoption and as such the book also details his unusual relationship with his adopted parents. This is an amazing epic read for anyone who enjoys a literary read.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:12 PM

Historical Fiction
Monticello
by Sally Gunning
From The Jacket: From the critically acclaimed author of The Widow's War comes a captivating work of literary historical fiction that explores the tenuous relationship between a brilliant and complex father and his devoted daughter—Thomas Jeffers More Read PBR Review

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Beautifully written historical fiction that goes into the life of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and the relationship between them. It covers her life and difficult marriage. It also gives readers a realistic view of southern life in the 1770s and slavery from the landowner's point of view.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:11 PM

mystery
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
From The Jacket: When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain More Read PBR Review

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This is a good, suspenseful mystery, but it is also a story about acceptance and the bond between friends. It shows the difficulty of forgiving and learning to let go and live life after tragedy strikes.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:09 PM

Historical Fiction
All She Left Behind
by Jane Kirkpatrick
From The Jacket: Already well versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place, especially for a single mother. To support herself an More Read PBR Review

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This is the story of Jennie, a gritty, determined women who struggled with surviving as a single mother in 1870s Oregon and overcame many obstacles to realize her dream. The author tackles some sensitive issues like marital abuse, drugs, divorce, death, and sickness all from the perspective of 1870s Oregon. Jennie is strong and inspiring.
by-Linda 2017/10/04, 06:58 PM

Cook Books
Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains
by Tieghan Gerard
From The Jacket: Whether you need to get dinner on the table for your family tonight or are planning your next get-together with friends, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook has your new favorite recipe. Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountain More

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I tried the Apple Pie and it's fantastic! Not only are the recipes delicious, but the photography is outstanding.
by-Andrea 2017/09/28, 01:29 PM

Historical Fiction
Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee
From The Jacket: LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION National Bestseller In this bestselling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled fro More Read PBR Review

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If you like sweeping, multi-generational sagas and big 500 page books, do not miss this one, about four generations of a Korean family struggling to survive in Korea under Japanese rule. The story examines the dynamics between the two cultures and the immigrant experience, highlighting the social and political discrimination they suffered.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:45 PM

mystery
Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker
From The Jacket: One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious More Read PBR Review

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A psychological thriller that captures your attention right off and holds it. Two teens go missing; three years later, out of the blue, one returns home. As you read, and hear Cass's story, you know something is not right, but the author doesn't reveal too much, so the questions keep mounting. There is also quite a twist at the end. Excellent, Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:46 PM

fiction
The Heirs
by Susan Rieger
From The Jacket: Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and More Read PBR Review

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If you think rich people are not dysfunction, you need to read this book; it explores just that. The characters are vivid, the story is engaging, and the author puts you right inside the heads of wealthy New Yorkers.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:43 PM

fiction
The Arrangement
by Sarah Dunn
From The Jacket: Named one of the 9 Most Addictive Books of 2017 (So Far) by Kirkus, a Happily Ever After read by USA Today, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Best New Books, one of Refinery29’s Best Books of the year so far. A hilarious and emoti More Read PBR Review

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I loved the concept of this book. Can agreeing to have an open marriage for six months put the spark back in a relationship? This story realistically explores this. It’s original, funny and nicely written – once you start, you won’t want to put the book down. You can’t help but wonder if what seems like a disaster in the making is going to work. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 05:16 PM

mystery
The Heavens May Fall
by Allen Eskens
From The Jacket: FEATURING THREE CHARACTERS FROM THE BESTSELLING BOOK-CLUB FAVORITE THE LIFE WE BURY, THIS NOVEL EXPLORES A RIVETING MURDER CASE TOLD FROM TWO OPPOSING PERSPECTIVES. Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship More Read PBR Review

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Excellent mystery; enough suspense to keep you intrigued and great pacing to keep you turning the pages. I loved the characters and the twisty plot. If you enjoyed THE LIFE WE BURY, don't miss this one. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 05:02 PM

fiction
The Captains Daughter
by Meg Mitchell Moore
From The Jacket: For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emma Straub comes an emotionally gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age-old question of what could have been Growing up in More Read PBR Review

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This is a story about coming to terms with your roots and realizing they are a part of you forever. Eliza must return to her hometown to care for her sick father. While there, she is forced to face her feelings about the life she left behind when she married and moved away. The book explores the complications of facing childhood demons, juggling family obligations and letting go. Elin Hilderbrand’s fans will love this emotional read. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 04:23 PM

fiction
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
From The Jacket: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodie More Read PBR Review

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A compelling read touching on issues of class, adoption and passing judgment. It also contains strong themes of friendship and the cost of holding onto secrets. The story contrasts different lifestyles and delves into motherhood and mother daughter relationships.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 04:51 PM

Historical Fiction
The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure
From The Jacket: In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hid More Read PBR Review

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Intense and suspenseful story about the German occupation of Paris. The concept of an architect creating places for the Jewish to hide, was unique. This makes a great book club book.
by-Linda 2017/09/04, 09:14 PM

fiction
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From The Jacket: In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the More Read PBR Review

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With his compulsively unputdownable breakout novel about Islamic terror, Robert Donator (https://robertdonator.wordpress.com/) has penned a deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love. It gently takes the unaware reader into the quicksand of her involvement in the struggles of the protagonist until it is too late. The reader soon finds herself waist deep in the quagmire of events that compels her to sink deeper as the succession of events gather a mind boggling pace of events that ends only when the book ends. https://www.amazon.in/dp/B072W11CR2
by-Babujee Datta 2017/09/03, 10:14 AM

Evelyn Hugo has beauty, charm and radiates with confidence. So it’s no wonder she goes from the daughter of Cuban immigrants to Hollywood star in no time at all. This captivating story follows her journey as she falls down and gets back up many times over. I loved meeting all her husbands. She didn't always marry for love. Perfect woman's fiction. Highy recommend
by-Linda 2017/08/24, 08:10 AM

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