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Fiction
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amore Towles
From The Jacket: He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Count Alexander Ro More Read PBR Review

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The story of Count Rostov, and his life in the Metropol Hotel. He was put under house arrest by the Kremlin and not allowed to go outside. The book explores how he created a life for himself there The pace is slow at times, but this is a must-read book; it's beautifully told and includes some great Russian history
by-Linda 2019/03/24, 03:39 PM

Fiction
Circe
by Madeline Miller
From The Jacket: “A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story,” this #1 New York Times bestseller is “both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right” (Alexandr More Read PBR Review

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This is a book you will devour. It grabs you right from the start. It's about Circe, the daughter of Helios, God of the sun. Her story and Greek mythology covered in this book are both captivating to read about.
by-Linda 2019/03/22, 01:07 PM

Fiction
The Dream Daughter
by Diane Chamberlain
From The Jacket: New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a thrilling, mind-bending novel about one mother's journey to save her child. When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her More Read PBR Review

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A unique story about the journey of a young widow determined to save her unborn child who needs fetal surgery to survive. Unfortunately, it's the 1970s and the options are risky and limited. An emotional well written tale.
by-Linda 2019/03/22, 12:57 PM

Fiction
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
by Robert Dugoni
From The Jacket: Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s coming-of-age story is, according to Booklist, “a novel that, if it doesn’t cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to t More Read PBR Review

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A coming of age story about a boy born with red pupils and as a result is bullied, teased and not accepted. The story follows him and his two closest friends as they journey into adulthood and go beyond what defined them as children. It's heartwarming and poignant.
by-Linda 2019/03/22, 12:44 PM

Nonfiction
Educated
by Tara Westover
From The Jacket: #1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLID More Read PBR Review

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An amazing memoir about a young girl and her struggle to overcome her extremely dysfunction family. Against all odds, she educates herself enough to gain admission to Bringham Young College.and then goes on to study at both Harvard and Cambridge Univesity.
by-Linda 2019/03/22, 12:29 PM

Nonfiction
Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
From The Jacket: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so called Marsh More Read PBR Review

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A coming of age story that follows the journey and growth of Kya, abandoned by her family and left to fend for herself in a town full of intolerant judgemental people who turned a blind eye to the herculean struggles of a young girl.
by-Linda 2019/03/04, 07:13 PM

Historical Fiction
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris
From The Jacket: This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz tattooist Ludwig, Lale Sokolov, an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity. The More Read PBR Review

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A beautifully told tale, based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, a young man who not only survived the atrocities of Auschwitz-Birkenau- but met and fell in love with Gita, another prisoner. The story is powerful. There is much anguish, but also a lot of hope.
by-Linda 2019/03/04, 07:12 PM

Fiction
Daisy Jones and The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From The Jacket: A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup. “I devoured Daisy Jones & The Six in a day, falling head over h More

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Reid brings the atmosphere and mindset of the seventies to life: the sex, drugs and rock n roll,
by-Linda 2019/03/04, 07:11 PM

Nonfiction
Becoming
by Michelle Obama
From The Jacket: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. More

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A poignant and insightful memoir that tells the story of First Lady Michelle Obama. It's an honest look at her life and the challenges she faced. Michelle Obama gives intimate details about what it was like growing up on the south side of Chicago, her college years, her devotion to Barack and her journey to the White House.
by-Linda 2019/03/04, 06:40 PM

Fiction
The Darkest Child
by Delores Phillips
From The Jacket: Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings. She is the darkest-skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle’s, estimation, but she’s also the brigh More Read PBR Review

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Listening to this book on audio was amazing! I was transported to rural Georgia in the 1960s and had a hard time taking a break from it. Seldom do I love a character as much as Tangy Mae.
by-ANDREA 2019/03/03, 04:25 PM

Historical Fiction
We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
From The Jacket: It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not More Read PBR Review

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A terrific story, very well-written. However, it is essentially a sad story despite the survivors of the Holocaust because no one in the succeeding generations of this family is Jewish. So.....does that mean that Hitler actually won in this case?
by-Lenore 2019/02/23, 12:05 PM

Fantastic historical fiction and my favorite kind, one based on true events; Georgia Hunter's grandfather was a member of the real family. It takes place just before and during WWII. Recommend to anyone who loves stories that revolve around families, and a must read for WWII fans.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:21 PM

fiction
Rules of Civility
by Amor Towles
From The Jacket: A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromisin More Read PBR Review

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I, for one, like a book that is paced a bit faster. This book is too slow moving for me, and I have yet to come across its purpose, and I am half of the way through it. I like a strong plot, and I'm still trying to figure out what this book's plot is. All I'm doing is following the lives of a few characters as they live day by day! Really???? I need something meatier to read. I will finish the book because it is my book club's selection this month, but I am reading other books while reading this one. Obviously, I need the interruptions to keep my sanity. Sorry for such a negative review. Many, many people liked it.
by-Maureen 2018/04/13, 12:15 AM

I loved the amazing description of New York in the year 1938 – lots of glamour but also a lot of reality. This is a character driven novel, one meant to be read slowly and enjoyed, so it may not be for everyone. Recommend for those that enjoy a literary novel with dynamic characters and wonderful descriptions.
by-Linda-PBR 2012/01/20, 02:19 AM

Fiction
Rosie Colored Glasses
by Brianna Wolfson
From The Jacket: SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH ROSIE COLORED GLASSES Just as opposites attract, they can also cause friction, and no one feels that friction more than Rex and Rosie’s daughter, Willow. Rex is serious and unsentimental and tapes che More Read PBR Review

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A moving story about a carefree spirited woman, a serious disciplined man and complicated relationship that develops between them. Rosie and Rex never should have married, but they did. They never should have had children. But, they did. What follows is not only a story of the push and pull of divorced parents sharing responsibilities, but a lesson in different parenting styles and a story that examines many issues. Excellent, recommend.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:55 PM

Fiction
Anatomy of a Scandal
by Sarah Vaughan
From The Jacket: You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. “The courtroom yields high drama, but Vaughan also dives deep into the characters’ backstories—especially the entitled lives of powerful men—creating a nuanced story More Read PBR Review

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A book that is relevant given the current headlines about sex and men in power that dominate the news lately. It’s suspenseful and examines issues of class, money and the balance of power between the sexes. A happily married, British politician is accused of raping his young assistant. It sheds light on the issue of sexual consent, and looks at what can be considered grey areas.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:48 PM

Historical Fiction
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
From The Jacket: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”* Memphis, 1939 More Read PBR Review

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Inspired by true events, an emotional story about poor children who were kidnapped and sold to wealthy families, shedding light on a despicable practice that went on for too many years. Highly recommend.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:32 PM

Fiction
The House We Grew Up In
by Lisa Jewell
From The Jacket: Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart. Their father is a sweet, gangly man, but it More

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Great story about the different ways of tragedy can affect someone. It's engaging and explores many topics such as mental illness and the intricacies of relationships and hoarding. All the characters are flawed, and the general tone of the book is uplifting
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:23 PM

Fiction
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
From The Jacket: Sixteen year old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal sho More

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An emotional and thought provoking story about class and race. And one that is in step with current events; a police officer fatally shoots a young black man and then does not tell the truth. This is the story of the young 16 year old girl, who was witness to the shooting.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:22 PM

Thriller
Just Between Us
by Rebecca Drake
From The Jacket: Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake. Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, t More Read PBR Review

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A well plotted story with an excellent premise. Four friends who at least from the outside, have perfect lives and a wonderful supportive relationship. Then, something happens and their idyllic live becomes a nightmare. It is one of those books that is hard to put down.
by-Linda 2018/02/27, 11:14 PM

Historical Fiction
The Orphans Tale
by Pam Jenoff
From The Jacket: A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out i More Read PBR Review

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An emotional story of two women who start out with a prickly relationship but develop an incredible bond as they attempt to survive the war. It touches on the reality of the many people separated and orphaned by the war and the brave acts of those who helped them.
by-Linda 2018/02/27, 11:13 PM

fiction
Little Broken Things
by Nicole Baart
From The Jacket: “If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose More Read PBR Review

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An intriguing book with many secrets to discover and some clever plotting; this is a book that is suspenseful, tugs at your emotions, and is filled with family drama. Perfect for those that enjoy light engaging read.
by-Linda 2018/02/27, 10:58 PM

Thriller
The Wife Between Us
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
From The Jacket: When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man th More Read PBR Review

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Twisty plot and cleverly written. A fast paced domestic thriller with a few very unexpected surprises. Read the book blurb and believe it. You will make a lot of assumptions and you will guess wring.
by-Linda 2018/02/19, 09:30 PM

fiction
Still Me
by Jojo Moyes
From The Jacket: From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident t More Read PBR Review

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A fantastic sequel with a great cast of characters and a heartwarming plot. You’ll love spending more time with Louisa as she tackle NYC.
by-Linda 2018/02/19, 09:28 PM

Historical Fiction
The Race For Paris
by
From The Jacket: National Bestseller David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015 The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World W More Read PBR Review

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This is an interesting look at WWI from a female perspective. It’s a well told tale that focuses on the events following D Day, highlighting the immense struggles and obstacles women faced.
by-Linda 2018/02/19, 09:27 PM

Historical Fiction
White Chrysanthemum
by Mary Lynn Bracht
From The Jacket: For fans of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and Lilac Girls, the heartbreaking history of Korea is brought to life in this deeply moving and redemptive debut that follows two sisters separated by World War II. Korea, 1943. Hana has li More Read PBR Review

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A young women is taken by a Japanese soldier to become a comfort woman, which is a sex slave. Sounds like fiction, but the story is based on things that really happened during WWII when the Japanese occupied Korea. Recommend for historical fiction lovers.
by-Linda 2018/02/08, 11:42 PM

Historical Fiction
If The Creek Don't Rise
by Leah Weiss
From The Jacket: Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she never should have hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, More Read PBR Review

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Raw, gritty characters and a strong sense of time and place in this poignant story of life in the 1970s Appalachian Mountains. A must read for anyone who likes character driven stories.
by-Linda 2018/01/28, 01:52 PM

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