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The Past Is Red Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250301130
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Published: Tordotcom - July 20th, 2021

What a crazy, unique, beautifully hopeful, and wise story. Valente has a flawless pacing and style that keeps you reading straight through to the finish.

Recommended by Kristine


Count the Ways: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062398277
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Published: William Morrow - July 13th, 2021

Count the Ways is a masterpiece of storytelling of an evolution of a family living on a farm in a rural NH town. Maynard does such a fantastic job emotionally connecting the reader to all the characters in this book. The elements of young love, parenting, and surviving a horrific incident change the core of this family. Ultimately, every character evolves through their goodness and flaws. A deeply satisfying read that brought happy tears in the final scene.

Recommended by Kathy


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The Paper Palace: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593329825
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 6th, 2021

This is my new favorite contemporary fiction read! The reader will become engrossed with this novel from the very first chapter. The characters are rich with personality and depth. Miranda Cowley Heller knows how to create humor and wit even in the dark shadows of truth. The setting of Cape Cod is perfectly illuminated all the way to the cocktails and bare feet living. A page turner delight.

Recommended by Kathy


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Something Wild: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984882066
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Published: Viking - June 29th, 2021

I was immediately gripped by this debut writing of Hanna Halperin. She has crafted a story of two adult sisters tangled in a disturbing secret from their teenage years. Caught in the center of this web is their mother who is a victim of domestic violence. The art of this book is how the sisters try to make sense of their lives in the face of divorce, and trauma while evolving into a new support system for each other. A page turner for sure that truly sticks in your head long after.

Recommended by Kathy


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593101537
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Published: Berkley - June 29th, 2021

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick!

“Historical fiction at its best!”*
 


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The Sweetness of Water: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316461276
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 15th, 2021

Nathan Harris' debut novel is set against the backdrop of the reconstruction era in Georgia. In this story, George Walker offers work and friendship to brothers Landry and Prentiss who have recently been made freemen. At the same time, George's son Caleb, who was believed to have perished in the war, returns home. This sets up a chain of events that propels the novel towards violent and destructive results. I just loved the writing, character development and storytelling in this beautiful book and will recommend it enthusiastically.

Highly Recommended by Mary Kay


Morningside Heights: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748357
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Published: Pantheon - June 15th, 2021

This touching account of a family, and the complicated personalities that inhabit it, is haunting in its depiction of Alzheimer's. The repercussions of the disease on the wife and children as well as the caretakers are sensitively drawn and poignant.

Recommended by Sarah


The Maidens Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250304452
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Published: Celadon Books - June 15th, 2021

Great Cambridge college setting full of pints and punts with fascinating insight into group therapy. Good for anyone interested in a psychological thriller set in academia with a touch of Greek mythology.

Recommended by Kristine


The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062468710
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Published: Harper - June 8th, 2021

So nice to be back in the world of Chava and Ahmad! Complete characters and touching relationships, all in comprehensive settings, make this a very satisfactory second novel. A must for fans of the first book. 

Recommended by Kristine


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Animal: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982122126
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

The author creates a character that is so unlikeable and yet the reader is gripped to the final chapters to see what drives her feral demons. This book may not be for everyone with it's graphic language and sex, but it offers a good thriller with a questionable sociopath.

Recommended by Kathy