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Review: Knitting (A Novel)

By on March 10, 2016

Why: While browsing the bargain table at Barnes and Noble, the cover of this novel caught my eye. Then, as a knitter myself, the simple, straightforward title drew me in. Finally, the synopsis on the back seemed as if it was written just for me from the names of…


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Review: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

By on March 7, 2016

Friends, this was a difficult one for me to get through.

The Aviator’s Wife is a work of historical fiction about Ann Morrow Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh’s wife. Narrated by Ann, the novel follows her from her college years in 1927 until her husband’s death in 1974, and one final chapter when…

In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley


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Review: In Winter’s Kitchen by Beth Dooley

By on March 1, 2016

“Do you know where you are?”
So begins Beth Dooley’s newest book, In Winter’s Kitchen, and her attempt to answer this question after she leaves New Jersey and makes a new home in Minnesota. Dooley explores this question by using the food that grows all around her as landmarks. This…


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Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

By on February 29, 2016

Wow. What a whirlwind this tiny little book is!

This is the first I’ve read of Gillian Flynn’s works. Yes, I know, everyone who’s anyone talks about how good they are. But creepy is just not my thing! So I avoid them. Until, that is, this short little read popped…


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Review: Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand

By on February 27, 2016

Why: The reason I chose this book was simple and uninteresting: it was on my Amazon reading list. I had actually tried to read this last summer, but ended up returning it – gasp – unread to the library. The cover and subtitle stayed with me though, and I…

Beloved by Toni Morrison


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Review: Beloved by Toni Morrison

By on February 26, 2016

124 was spiteful. Full of a baby’s venom.

And thus starts one of the best, yet most devastating, novels I have picked up in a long while. Every time I returned to where I left off, picking the book up to start another reading session, it seemed heavier and burdensome,…


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Review: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

By on February 25, 2016

Bel Canto is a story about love, mostly. Love, music, language, terrorism, friendship – the book definitely doesn’t fail to deliver on those themes.

Set in South America, the story (based on a true story) begins when a large roomful of mostly affluent bureaucrats and CEO’s are taken hostage by terrorists during a…


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Review: Dear America – Early Sunday Morning

By on February 24, 2016

Why: This is the second book that I requested from my library after Joli posted her books from the 1990s article. I was just going to read one of these beloved Dear America books, but then two caught my eye, and let’s be honest, they don’t take long to get…


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Review: Dear America – A City Tossed and Broken

By on February 22, 2016

Why: This book choice was a direct byproduct of Joli’s post on books from the 1990s. I couldn’t help but search my library’s catalog for one (ok, I borrowed two…) of these childhood favorites. This particular title captured my attention because I was recently in the San Francisco area…

Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down


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Review: Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin

By on February 20, 2016

This book is non-fiction, a travelogue written by Rosecrans Baldwin about his experiences as an American ex-pat in Paris. He’s a self-described Francophile, and jumps at the chance to work in Paris as a writer in an advertising agency. There he learns the ups and downs of being a…

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