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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Elena Richardson lives in a planned community that her grandparents helped start. But her plans are run amuck when Mia Warren, an artist, rents a house from Elena. Mia is also a single mom to Pearl, a teenager who hasn’t … Continue reading

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Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

Two things fuel Marjorie: she wants to be an actress and she’s in love with Noel Airman. Wouk is a master and he does an amazing job of drawing you into Marjorie’s life as a young, Jewish woman in the … Continue reading

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Sunja is born to loving and poor parents in a small Korean fishing village. As a teenager, she falls in lust with a married, Japanese yakuza. A minister offers her and her unborn child a new beginning in Japan as … Continue reading

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

Samuel Andresen-Anderson is a failing college professor who’s addicted to a video game. His mother deserted him when he was a pre-teen, but current events bring her back into his life. I liked a lot of things about the first … Continue reading

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Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Josie runs from her life as a dentist, and decides to drive with her young son and daughter through the Alaskan wilderness. On Goodreads, this novel is dubbed as “a powerful examination of contemporary life”. Really?! I say it’s about … Continue reading

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

This is a quirky book that tells the love story of Veblen (who thinks a squirrel is trying to communicate with her) and Paul (her fiancĂ© and a neurologist who just took a job at the Department of Defense). Throw … Continue reading

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Skloot tells the fascinating and frustrating story of the first human cells (HeLa) ever grown in a lab. They were taken unknowingly from a black woman named Henrietta Lacks. We hear the tales of Henrietta, her cells, her family, and … Continue reading

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