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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

Like many, I’m still waiting for Mantel’s third book in her Cromwell series, which “Wolf Hall” began. These 10 short stories gave me an appetizer for her style and wit. She really can pack a lot into a sentence. Gwenamon … Continue reading

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber

Peter, a Christian minister,  goes where no missionary has gone before. He travels to a colony on a new planet as an employee of a rather mysterious, stock corporation called USIC. His work is to preach to the native population … Continue reading

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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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