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A Dog's Purpose
by W. Bruce Cameron
From The Jacket: Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voic More Read PBR Review

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This was one of my favorite books! I don't often cry when reading books, but this one had me reaching for the tissues. I can't wait to see the movie.
by-Andrea 2017/03/22, 02:16 AM

Historical Fiction
Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly
From The Jacket: New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then set More Read PBR Review

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This book stays with you, I couldn't get the characters out of my head. Fantastic!
by-Andrea 2017/03/15, 11:56 AM

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The Life We Bury
by Alen Eskens
From The Jacket: The Life We Bury tells the story of Joe Talbert, a junior at the University of Minnesota, who receives a class assignment to write a biography of someone who has lived an interesting life. At a nursing home he meets Carl Iverson, More Read PBR Review

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Allen Eskens is an amazingly talented author. I could not put this down. If you are looking for a great suspense novel, this is it! At one point, I thought I had it figured out only to get a BIG surprise! This is a must read. Enjoy!
by-Trish 2017/03/14, 07:17 AM

Historical Fiction
A Piece Of The World
by Christina Baker Kline
From The Jacket: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World. & More Read PBR Review

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I Let You Go
by Clare Mackintosh
From The Jacket: The New York Times and award-winning bestselling novel “with a killer twist” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins) On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into More Read PBR Review

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Very engaging and very suspenseful. Tackles many issues - guilt, grief, bullying and more. Good mystery.
by-Linda 2017/03/07, 07:03 PM

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Before The Fall
by Noah Hawley
From The Jacket: From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year. On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--de More Read PBR Review

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This is a book about the choices people make and also dealing with what life throws at you. An entertaining read that will keep you fully engaged.
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 09:17 PM

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Everything You Want Me To Be
by Mindy Mejia
From The Jacket: Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer t More Read PBR Review

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Full of twists and turns, this thriller is engaging, suspenseful and hard to put down. It's a book that will stay with you for a while after you have finished it.
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 09:11 PM

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The Guest Room
by Chris Bohjalian
From The Jacket: When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She takes their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to More Read PBR Review

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Aside from being a great thriller, Chris Bohjalian brings to light, the problem of the sex trafficking trade in this book. He also includes some family drama. Recommend!
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 09:06 PM

mystery
The Girl Before
by J.D. Delaney
From The Jacket: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, More Read PBR Review

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A good psychological thriller. I loved reading about this amazing house, built by the architect in the story, which controlled everything through an advanced computer program. It's a really intriguing premise and fun to read about. There is plenty of suspense and mystery too.
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 09:01 PM

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The Widowers Wife
by Cate Holahan
From The Jacket: Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her? Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which coul More Read PBR Review

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This is an engaging thriller with lots of suspense and tension. I saw one of the twists coming, but it did't take away from the story because I was already invested in the characters.
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 08:54 PM

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Everything I Never Told You Told You
by Celeste Ng
From The Jacket: Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their More Read PBR Review

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This is a great family drama. It's set in the 70s, so there are race and gender issues. The writing is subtle but engaging. A great book club choice.
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 08:50 PM

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While The City Slept
by Eli Sanders
From The Jacket: On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in one American neighborhood. Two people newly in love—Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and who eventually found each other—and a y More Read PBR Review

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The author of the book, Eli Sanders, won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the actual crime this book is based on. He rails against the mental health system and opens your eyes to all it's short falls. He gives you details of the assault and murder which took place, and humanizes the two victims by giving you an in-depth look at their backgrounds.
by-Linda 2017/03/06, 08:43 PM

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When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
From The Jacket: At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patien More

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This book is not for me. I am looking for something more like literature.
by-Suzanne 2017/03/01, 12:46 PM

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The Nix
by Nathan Hill
From The Jacket: “The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro.” —John Irving From the suburban Midwest to New York City to th More Read PBR Review

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Not necessarily for everyone, it's 600 plus pages and a bit wordy. But a treat for those that enjoy this kind of book. Full of witty humor and flawed characters.
by-linda 2017/03/01, 06:58 AM

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Karolinas Twins
by Ronald Balson
From The Jacket: She made a promise in desperation Now it's time to keep it Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. More Read PBR Review

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Part court room drama and part surviving the Holocaust. An engaging book by the author of ONCE WE WERE BROTHERS.
by-linda 2017/03/01, 06:55 AM

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
From The Jacket: A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a More Read PBR Review

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This is a delightful read all book lovers will enjoy. It's setting is a bookstore and it's an emotional read.
by-Andrea 2017/02/16, 03:58 PM

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Sleepwalker
by Chris Bohjalian
From The Jacket: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. When Annalee Ahlb More Read PBR Review

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This book delves deep into the condition of Sleepwalking, a fascinating topic to learn about and as usual, Chris Bohjalian has done his homework. There is also lots of family dynamics and mystery as the reader tries to piece together why Annalee has gone missing and will she return.
by-linda 2017/02/14, 04:23 PM

Historical Fiction
The Second Mrs. Hockaday
by Susan Rivers
From The Jacket: It's 1865 and the Civil War is over. For some survivors, however, the suffering is just beginning. A Confederate field officer walks home from a Union prison to reunite with his teen-aged bride, only to discover that she birthe More Read PBR Review

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Maybe a bit slow to start but very deep and engaging when it does grab you. Great for Historical Fiction lovers and perfect for book clubs.
by-linda 2017/02/14, 03:17 PM

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1984
by George Orwell
From The Jacket: In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a f More

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I Will Send Rain
by Rae Meadows
From The Jacket: A luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family's survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl; from the acclaimed and award-winning Rae Meadows. Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, cover More Read PBR Review

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Set during the 1930s, a real look at the life a farmer during the time known as the Dust Bowl; when severe dust storms made life difficult. Good characters and information on this period.
by-linda 2017/01/06, 08:40 PM

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The Rent Collector
by Camron Wright
From The Jacket: The Rent Collector is the story of a young mother, Sang Ly, struggling to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting More Read PBR Review

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A beautiful story with a few surprises. The roots of this book are based in truth which makes this book inspiring and touching- also unbelievable at times to realize people could actually survie ina dump. It’s not dark as the synopsis suggests but quite the contrary- very uplifting and replete with hope.
by-linda 2016/11/14, 03:15 PM

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The Education of Dixie Dupree
by Donna Everhart
From The Jacket: In 1969, Dixie Dupree is eleven years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake-to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie More Read PBR Review

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A tough book to read, so not for everyone. Deals with many levels of child abuse and poverty. Narrated by 11 year old Dixie who has a voice that you can’t stop listening to. Her life is unraveling and yet she remains positive.
by-linda 2016/12/12, 07:54 PM

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Whiskey and Charlie
by Annabel Smith
From The Jacket: “A sharp, perceptive novel about family and forgiveness, Whiskey & Charlie will stay with me for a very long time.” Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train A captivating debut novel of b More Read PBR Review

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This is an emotionally charged book. It is about family drama and complicated relationships and the unseen bond between twins. The author hits every note when dealing with these connections. Very hard to put down once started.
by-Linda 2017/01/06, 08:42 PM

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The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt
From The Jacket: Patrick deWitt, a young writer whose “stop-you-in-your-tracks writing has snuck up on the world” (Los Angeles Times), brings us The Sisters Brothers, a darkly comic, outrageously inventive novel that offers readers a decidedly of More Read PBR Review

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I listened to this on audio, and it was just fantastic! The voices pulled you into the story and added such an interesting dimension to the characters.
by-Andrea 2016/07/22, 05:50 AM

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Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
From The Jacket: Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been rea More Read PBR Review

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This is a very insightful read! It opens up the conversation of racism and brings a different perspective to the table. It would make an awesome Book Club pick.
by-Andrea 2016/12/13, 08:54 AM

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