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CaitlinR

CaitlinR

Joined January 2018

Bookseller, Retired Librarian, Friend of Bill
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Lady in the Lake: A Novel by Laura Lippman
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I‘ve enjoyed every novel that Paul Doiron has written and Almosr Midnight is no exception. I love the descriptions of Maine. Mike Bowditch is a fascinating character, flawed, whip-smart, and caring. I want to be a game warden in my next life.

In this story, Mike is helping a long-time friend who uncovers prison corruption, and his companion Shadow (wolf-hybrid) reappears.

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The writing is brilliant and lyrical. The story beautiful, brutal. And the unforgettable, recurring the images: fire, hummingbirds, monarchs, buffaloes, and my g-d, the monkeys.

I can‘t say it any better than Celeste Ng who tells us that the book is about: “whether putting words to one‘s experience can bridge wound that span generations, and whether it‘s ever possible to be truly heard by those we love most.”

I will never forget this book.

Cathythoughts Amazing review ♥️ 5d
CaitlinR @Cathythoughts Thank you. 💫 5d
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Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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This, the second of the Veronica Speedwell stories, was great fun.

Stoker and Veronica are tasked by the Princess Louise to save a man who has been convicted of murder. Secrets, as always, compound the task. In the process we spend time with the patrons and creators of the 19th C art scene, enter and investigate the Elysian Grotto (rated R+), repeatedly right an upended tortoise, and meet Lady Wellie. And their relationship grows stronger.

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Deep River | Karl Marlantes
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I climbed into this marvelous novel, and pulled it in after me, reading every word from the 721 pages. I mourned the end because the characters had become my family.

A tale of Finns leaving the old country for the new. An account of early 20th century logging, and later fishing in Western Washington. A labor history, with the most remarkable woman at its core. A family history told with love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you, Mr Marlantes.

#marlantes

ljuliel That‘s quite a switch of topics from his other books, isn‘t it ? I have yet to read one of his. This sounds very enjoyable. 1w
CaitlinR @ljuliel The brilliant character studies found in MATTERHORN and are also found in this novel — a loving tribute to folk like his family. 1w
Nute Thoughtful review! Stacking! 1w
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In Her Feminine Sign | Dunya Mikhail
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Ms. Mikhail has a wondrous voice shown beautifully in version of her poems. All were written both in Arabic and in English and as she cautions us, this edition: “shows readers one side of the mirror” (Author‘s Note)

A taste from her poem “The Others”

We are not dead,
and those are not our ghosts.
We don‘t know where they came from,
or where they are going.
Their shadows are as changeable
as the moon‘s phases
And are not our shapes ...

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The Language of Secrets | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Although this novel was not as compelling and powerful as her first, It was a good thriller. Ms. Khan‘s deep knowledge is again on display as her Detective Esa Khattak guides us through the actions of “those who rose to fill the vacuum of the deposed and despised, of the dialogue between civilizations, of the decades-long struggles for rights and democracy ...” (p. 272)

#Zehanatkhan

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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This beautiful story alternatively broke my heart and made me furious. Elwood and Turner have such wisdom and courage They find through each other “... the deeper music in the speeches and hand-painted signs of protest “

There is a place in the deepest circle of hell for the staff of the novel‘s Nickel Academy and for the staff Dozier School for Boys whose real-life horrors led Colson Whitehead to this powerful novel.

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The Cinnamon Peeler | Michael Ondaatje
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GRIFFIN OF THE NIGHT

I‘m holding my son in my arms
sweating after nightmares
small me
fingers in his mouth
his other fist clenched in my hair
small me
sweating after nightmares.

This is a powerful collection of poems. I recommend them to you.

Nute I didn‘t know that he is a poet. I‘m gonna look for this book tomorrow. 1w
CaitlinR @Nute I hope you like them as much as I did. 7d
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Not my usual type of mystery, but a fun read, and after The Great Believers, I needed fluff. Veronica Speedwell is an Interesting new (to me) character. And what a secret!

I‘ve already requested the next from the Library.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Man, this was a three hankie novel, but so worth the read. I finished it at 4 AM this morning; could not put it down.

In alternating time lines, moving from 1985 to 2015, Makkai presents us with a powerful accounting of Chicagoans who died or lived through the AIDS crisis, all scarred in virtually unsurvivable ways.

I choose to believe, however, that Fiona finally finds a life in Paris and, for all of us Roman‘s videos are so healing!

💙💙💙

TrishB Loved this one too. 4w
Scochrane26 This is on my tbr, but I didn‘t actually know what‘s it‘s about. Love the cover & knew other people liked it. I‘ve been wanting to read more about the AIDS crisis. 4w
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Such fun! And the writing on this second novel in the series was true Goss, and worthy of her rep.

Joining the “monstrous gentlewomen” on this new adventure are Irene Adler and a full cast of Van Helsingborg vampires, including Dracula himself.

Setting up the next book, we learn at the end that Alice (the scullery maid) is actually Lydia Raymond (read Great God Pan) who has been captured by ... Prof. Moriarty. Can‘t wait!

Ericalambbrown Maybe flag this for spoilers 2w
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Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde; Beatrice Rappaccini; Catherine Moreau; Justine Frankenstein. All “monsters” created by men.

Throw in Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and a host of other characters and you have one wild ride.

The story‘s a hoot — the writing‘s a tad contrived. That won‘t stop me from reading the next.

Cathythoughts 😬😱😱 1mo
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Binding | Bridget Collins
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In the world that Collin‘s presents master Binders create a psychic connection one who asks to have painful memories removed. The Binder enters these memories into beautifully crafted books that are protected. No loss is without pain however.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous Binders have twisted the craft for fiscal gain or, to serve the evil ends of family members. The psychic cost is then even higher.

Collin‘s first adult novel. Clever.

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“We were puppets, all of us, set in action upon the stage by God—or Fate—or Chemistry, call it what you will, where we would be pulled on like gloves upon the hands, and manipulated by the Rupert Porsons and the Mutt Wilmotts of the world.” (p. 354)

Fun read.

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Stars of Alabama | Sean Dietrich
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You must read this book. What a novel; what a writer! If you enjoy Leif Enger or Kent Haruf, you‘ll love Dietrich.

Set during the dust bowl depression, Paul, Vern, Marigold, Maggie/Ruth, Pete, Reese, and for a time, Eulah form a blended family struggling to survive. Cooter, a child preacher finds father figures who help him survive abuse. Marigold, a true healer, crafts yet another family.

When they come together: Magic!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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First time reading Peter Robinson, and I‘m grateful that he was recommended. I recommend you try him too.

Inspector Alan Banks initially investigating the murder of a colleague travels a twisting path from England to Estonia. He and his colleagues encounter human trafficking, Eastern European mobsters and the six year old disappearance of 19 year old British woman.

Great story.

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The Gone Dead: A Novel | Chanelle Benz
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I could not put this down, reading it in a day. Benz‘s story of justice denied, and later sought is beautifully crafted through the eyes of the people marked by, and involved in the death of a young black poet.

Returning to the Mississippi Delta 30 years after the death of her father, Billie seeks truth. Her family, the police, and the white family that owned the land where her father died all reveal versions of her truth and perhaps justice.

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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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In this powerful debut Asuma Zehanat Khan applies her knowledge of international human rights law (a Ph.D) to bring us a devastating story that confronts the horrors of Srebrenica. Chapter heads from tribunal testimonies lead us into a tale of modern sorrow and what passes for justice.

Beautifully written. Very Important. I‘ve already ordered her next.

Cathythoughts I really liked it too & have the second , didn‘t read it yet though 2mo
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Superintendent Teresa Battaglia, the lead in this wonderful novel, is one of the most complex, interesting characters I‘ve encountered in a great while. A woman of a certain age, plagued by the human frailties we encounter after middle age. Whip smart and confronting a historical atrocity playing out in her current environment.

This is beautifully written, lyrically translated fiction. Highly recommended debut. Can‘t wait for the next.

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Other Americans | Laila Lalami
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Beautiful, spare language; deeply drawn characters; a complicated, interesting story. Lalami‘s OTHER AMERICANS is a wonderful powerful novel.

A family of documented Moroccan immigrants experience a terrible loss. Their daughter Nora seeks justice. Along her path are new truths and old pains. Her friend Jeremy struggles with demons that followed him from service in Iraq. Efrain and Marisela (undocumented) struggle with risk, truth and morality.

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“... she realized that being a mother was far, far more then giving birth to someone. And it wasn‘t just about being strong and resilient, although that was certainly part of it. It was about being human” (p. 285)

Quick, fairly superficial read. Written as though for a mini-series? Fun tho‘

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The Island: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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You need to maintain a high level of trust when reading Ragnar Jonasson: trust that the seemingly unrelated stories will come together; trust that you‘ll really get to know all of the characters; and trust that the mystery WILL be solved.

Hulda Hermannsdotter is a great character. Be sure that you read THE DARKNESS, the first in the series, for her back story. We‘re told that the series is a trilogy. I hope there are more than that!

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My first by Berney. Not sure I‘ll read him again. Language is clunky and trite. He can‘t decide whether he‘s writing noir, or not.

The story kept me limping along. I liked Frank Guidry and his search for redemption. Frank works for Carlos. Or he did, until asked to deliver a getaway car to Dallas in November, 1969. Now Carlos wants all involved dead and Frank is running.

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hello! hello! | Matthew Cordell
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Reading Pam Jeniffer is a guilty pleasure, but I do enjoy her books. I don‘t think is as as good as THE ORPHAN‘S TRAIN but if you enjoy historical fiction, you‘ll enjoy her new tale.

Eleanor Trigg has convinced the SOE to send women agents, primarily trained as radio operators, to help the French resistance prepare for the D-Day invasion. Their story, including their betrayal, is revealed following a traffic accident in 1946.

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Stone Sky | N K Jemisin
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“But for a society built on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one else to oppress. And if nothing is done, Syl Anahi‘s must again find a way to fission its people into sub-groupings and create reasons for conflict among them. There‘s not enough magic to be had just from plants and genegineered fauna; someone must suffer, if the rest are to enjoy luxury” (p. 334)

An incredible cautionary tale. Don‘t miss this trilogy.

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“You stare at the stone eater that has burst forth from the chalcedony chrysalis. It stands hunched and perfectly still, watching you sidelong through the heat-waver of the air around the split geode.”

I‘m racing through the Broken Earth Trilogy, and already grieving the end of the series. Thank you,

#NKJemisin

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“Somewhere in the distance, beyond the vastness of the landscape below him, was a place called the Sand Hills, where the dead went to live with the buffalo and the grandfathers who watched over the four corners of the universe ... In that moment Johnny American Horse knew he would never be alone. (p. 225)

Lordy, James Lee sure can write!

#JameLeeBurke

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Wrecked | Joe Ide
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A great IQ novel from Joe Ide, highly recommended.

Isaiah and Dodson reunite with Deronda to help Grace, a new client, find her mother. Old and new enemies appear including a group of Blackhawk-like mercenaries with a sordid past in Abu Ghraib.

Imagine the Isaiah, the good guys, and the bad guys at Burning Man and you‘ll have a sense of why this is a must-read.

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Great read. Scotland Yard Murder Squad‘s Walter Day has been Jack the Tipper‘s captive for a year. What does he want Day to do?

Great read. Wonderful period setting. London fog becomes a character, and wait until you read what happens in/to the grand new department store.

I love this series!

Crazeedi I've not heard of this series! Hmmmm... 2mo
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“A little piece of advice for your future life. If you are ever told something by a professional liar in a place built of lies and overseen by supernatural beings that have the concept of falsehood built into their name and whose very breath is deception: don‘t believe it.”

Sherlock Holmes reimagined as the sorceress Ms Shaharazad Hass with the moralistic Captain John Wyndham as her Watson.

This book is a hoot!

CarolynM I'm a big fan of Alexis Hall. I just love the way he writes. I'm looking forward to getting in to this one. 3mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM Do you have a recommendation for my next read by Hall? 3mo
CarolynM For more fantasy Prosperity, for more detecting Iron & Velvet, for hot m/m romance How to Bang a Billionaire for sweet m/m romance Waiting for the Flood (I cried nearly all the way through that one). Alternatively, just read his blog posts www.quicunquevult.com 🙂 3mo
CaitlinR @CarolynM Thanks!! 2mo
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1. Great book. Fascinating ideas. Don‘t miss.
2. Caity
3. Baked Brie with apple slices. Mmmm!
4. Scrabble and a visit from Family traveling from Georgia.
5. “Gott sei Dank ist es Freitag”

@howjessreads
#friyayintro

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

annamatopoetry Oooh, baked brie 3mo
CaitlinR @annamatopoetry I love your screen name! 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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From Inspirationalquotesmagazine.com

brit91 💖💖💖💖💖 3mo
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I love Anne Hillerman‘s mysteries. Selfishly, I love the comfort of continuing to experience the lives of her Dad‘s characters and, the characters that she has introduced are rich and interesting. That said, I found the plot of the TALE TELLER a bit weak. I hate to say it, but I think she “phoned it up n” on this one.

Looking forward to the next one.

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“But that was the way life worked. Every human being was the result of a billion different factors mixing together … exactly at a certain time, even a millisecond off, and another entirely different person would result. Good things and bed — every friendship and romance formed, every accident, and every illness — resulted from the conspiracy of hundreds of little things, in and of themselves inconsequential. (p. 348)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this!!! 3mo
CaitlinR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I‘m looking forward anything she writes in future. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CaitlinR would this be a good book for a buddy read? 3mo
CaitlinR @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think it would be great. 3mo
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A powerful novel about people trapped in intolerable situations and then victimized by a judicial system that should never be involved in judging family relationships. Kim also reveals how we all seek deliverance from pain that can never happen. She leads us to the understanding that life is messy, and we need to embrace the challenges with love and forgiveness.

Highly recommended!

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I saw this on Crone‘s Grove. Had to share. Happy Friday.

Slajaunie 💙💙💙💙 3mo
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“Helplessness, the state of being a victim, is not learned ... It‘s taught. And the course of instruction is written in powerlessness, in kicks and blows. In dismissals. It is taught in the language of being unable to protect the things and the people you value from violence ... It is written with the pen of denigration upon the paper of desperation” (p. 330)

Truth from a fantasy author — no surprise there.

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The Stone in the Skull | Elizabeth Bear
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I saw RED-STAINED WINGS on the new book shelf and always up for a trilogy, I grabbed STONE ON THE SKULL.

An interesting story, although I could have used a cast list to keep the early chapters straight. Of course, I haven‘t read the earlier trilogy, so that may be my fault.

Although not ranking as a pick, I am reading the next in the series so it captured my interest 👀

CaitlinR Oops, typo! The book is in fact Stone IN the Skull. Apologies, and thank you all for not pointing fingers. 👈 3mo
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Swamplandia! | Karen Russell
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My niece recommended this (she read it in a course) and I gotta‘ tell you, I was blown away by the story. .SWAMPLANDIA tells the tale of the Bigtree family who are involved in “herpetological sports”

More importantly, Karen Russell, gives us the powerful story of three siblings, Ava, Ossie and Kiwi, who find very different solutions to their broken lives and discover “mothers burning inside the risen suns of their children”

Highly recommended.

LyndseyReads I love her short stories. 3mo
CaitlinR Thanks for the tip, I‘ll check them out. 3mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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As a librarian, this book thrummed at my heartstrings. The commitment to service, and the belief in the power of books and reading demonstrated by the Pack Horse Librarians, typify why so many of us enter the modern profession.

The information about the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and their experiences, and those of other people of color, was disturbing and fascinating.

The romantic story line detracted from the story‘s power.

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The best book I‘ve read this year. 🤙🤙

Wolff has crafted a story about people chasing an elixir that will cure illness and/or halt the aging process

Conrad, who we first meet as a teenager trying to save his Dad, finally understands, and leads us to understand the beauty and live found in a natural life span.

Beautifully written and captivating. If you read one book this year, make it this one.

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Stay Hidden | Paul Doiron
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Just finished another great book by Paul Doiron, this one set on Maquoit Island, off the coast of Maine. Mike Bowditch is investigating what has been reported as a hunting incident. In his first outing as Warden Investigator, Mike faces insular residents, threats, and far, far too many deer. The usual rip-roaring finish.

I do enjoy Doiron‘s mysteries!

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Lent | Jo Walton
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I really, really wanted to love this book. Girolamo Savonarola is presented as a demon who keeps trying to save Florence. He is executed again and again, enters hell, and re-emerges, with more knowledge , but not more wisdom, and lacking divine guidance.

Unfortunately, the repetition and sheer weight/length of the tale made me feel as though I too was trapped in Hell.

I‘m a big fan of Jo Walton, and I finished LENT, but ... so-so.

tournevis You are not the first to say this... 4mo
rretzler That‘s too bad! 4mo
shanaqui I felt like in the end we didn't see enough repetitions to give us the payoff, but then also that I'd have gone bananas if there were more repetitions! (And Jo does seem to have a bee in her bonnet about Plato and Florence, lately!) 4mo
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Paul Doiron‘s mysteries are wicked good and PRECIPICE is no exception. The story takes place and around the Appalachian Trail and the setting is fascinating. Through-hikers, coyotes, and a terrifying family compound combine to yield a thrilling read.

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Thoroughly enjoyed THE GATE KEEPER by the mother-son writers Charles Todd. Complicated and twisting plot and a satisfying conclusion.

If you haven‘t read Charles Todd mysteries you should. If you have, don‘t miss this one. Ian Rutledge (and Hamish) at their best.

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Middlegame | Seanan McGuire
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A friend recommended that I read Seanan McGuire. I couldn‘t put MIDDLEGAME down. She has crafted a fascinating take on the terrors of the Alchemical Arts.

“”I‘m saying if they wanted to control the elemental forces of creation, they shouldn‘t have turned us into people. People have their own agendas.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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If you read and loved TURNER HOUSE (as I did) you must read this book.

Set in New Orleans and moving back and forth from 1944 through 2012, we grow to love, cheer for, and grieve with Evelyn, Jackie and T.C. and their extended family/friends.

What a wonderful book!


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