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CaitlinR

CaitlinR

Joined January 2018

Bookseller, Retired Librarian, Friend of Bill
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Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
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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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At the Wolf's Table: A Novel | Rosella Postorino
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I never, ever thought I‘d quote Arendt in description if a novel, but the “banality of evil” kept running through my mind as I read AT THE WOLF‘s TABLE.

The first half to 2/3 of this book is extremely powerful. I found rest of the book disappointing.

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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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I read every word, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I struggle with what it is about.

The science!

At it‘s heart, I believe it is about friendship, love and longing. I also believe the novel explores the ways we understand, define and misunderstand who we are and, more importantly how others define us.

Is it about grief, no, I don‘t think so but, it is about the loss of self that we experience As we grow older, and perhaps wiser.

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Wow. Just. Wow.

Anissa Gray‘s debut novel is a wonder. I came to love, and care about the Butlers. This story about family and the flaws and history that bind us, is powerful and moving I also want to thank Ms Gray for Mercedes, who loved, taught and rescued. I‘m grateful everyday for the m‘Mercedes-like folk in my life.

Please read this book.

#AnissaGray

SW-T It was so good 😊 Can‘t wait to see what Ms Gray does next! 1w
CarolynM You've sold me. Stacked. 1w
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The Good Detective | John McMahon
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The story bounced all over the place, and the writing was a tad scattered. That said, I kept reading, and will try the next book that features P. T. Marsh because I think there‘s promise here.

Trigger alert #1: if you can‘t handle children in peril, I‘d give this a miss.

Trigger alert #2: southern racists abound., but as the bad guys.

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Naamah | Sarah Blake
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“How can we do this?” Noah asked Namath again. “If we don‘t, we‘ll die, “ she answered ... “Maybe we should die,” he said, “if every one of is wicked.” “No,” she said, and she took him into her arms because he had begun to cry. “If I am sure of anything, I am sure that you and our children should not die” (p 3)

With those words, Noah‘s wife Naamah‘s fate is sealed. This wonderful work tells us her story. Incredible writing; Highly recommended.

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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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An interesting story about storytelling, and we aren‘t sure whose narrative is true.

A child, assumed dead, breathes again. Who‘s child is she? The kidnapped child returned to wealthy parents? The child drowned by a woman abandoned by her lover? The grandchild of a couple that have raised a (mostly) loving family? The sister of the Rector‘s housekeeper?

My first book by Satterfield; won‘t be my last. This woman can really write!

rubyslippersreads Haven‘t read this one yet, but ❤️ 2w
CaitlinR @rubyslippersreads I‘m looking forward to that one. 2w
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The Wife: A Novel | Alafair Burke
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I can‘t believe that I bailed on an Alafair Burke novel but I found that the story dragged, and I really disliked the characters. Surprising. I‘ve enjoyed her work before.

Full disclosure: I hate novels whose plot is based on a flawed marriage, and this one offered very little else.

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“”Looking back, it seemed to me I‘d been trying to escape not just from camp, but from Achille‘s story; and I failed. Because make no mistake, this was g his story—his anger, his grief, his story” p.266

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One of the things I love about Pat Barker‘snovels is that she writes with such poignancy, and so elegantly about the human costs of war. In SILENCE OFTHE GIRLS she takes on the final days of the Trojan War given us the unhappily entwined lives of Achilles and the stolen woman: Briseis.

The “silent girls” are the women taken as slaves, some awarded to the warriors, some enslaved and discarded to fend for themselves.

Very highly recommended.

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“Vulnerable. With that one word she was able to explain the pain of his prostitution and the need for self-destruction; his addiction coupled with the inability to escape any part of the suffering rained down by a life not if his making “ p. 238

Walter Mosley is brilliant, and this is a great read. Joe King Oliver is a complex and interesting character and I want to read, and know more about Melquarth Frost.

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Lives Laid Away | Stephen Mack Jones
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Stephen Mack Jones is an incredible author. I wasn‘t sure he could top AUGUST SNOW, but LIVES LAID AWAY is a knockout.

August Snow‘s beloved Detroit Mexicantown is being stalked by ICE. In addition, Hispanic women dressed in elaborate costumes are turning up dead. A fascinating, timely and well crafted plot.

Highly recommended.

#stephenmackjones

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Jack Swyteck takes on the case of an undocumented woman and her daughter, both from El Salvador, representing them in the morass created by the intersection of INS and the federal Immigration Court system. “Ripped from the headlines, but quite well done.

This was my first book by James Grippand; it won‘t be my last.

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The Poacher's Son | Paul Doiron
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Maine game warden Mike Bowditch risks everything to investigate murders for which his estranged father may be responsible.

Many compare Doiron to Nevada Barr. I‘ve read all of the Anna Pigeon books — I think Paul Doiron May be better.

EadieB @CaitlinR This series only gets better and better. (edited) 1mo
CaitlinR @EadieB Good to know. I just got TRESPASSER at the Library. Can‘t wait! 1mo
EadieB @CaitlinR I think I have only read books 1-3. 1mo
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Denise Mina‘s novels are full of the dirty, gritty, corrupt and joyous world of Glasgow. God‘s and Beasts also shows us how politics shapes the city. A great read.

Libby1 I ❤️Glasgow. 2mo
CaitlinR @Libby i spent a year in Scotland, most of it in Edinburgh. I did visit Glasgow however, and loved the city. 2mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A remarkable, remarkable book. The language is rattling around in my head. And what are we to make of the final reunion between Titch and Washington after such a long search:

“Someone else might have looked upon his life and seen only how different ... I saw only what remained the same.”

I can only hope that Washington Black realized that he, not Titch, had grown wise.

A fantastic novel.

Cathythoughts Great review! Looking forward to it 2mo
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Scrublands | Chris Hammer
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A journalist arrives in Riversend to write a story on the anniversary of a horrific killing by a local priest. Martin Scarsden is as damaged as the people he is tasked with interviewing.

Jane Harper gives us the Outback as a character as powerful as any person. Hammer gives us characters as flawed as the dying town in which they live. Both give us Australia, but there the similarity ends. I enjoyed this, but it is challenging to the psyche.

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Listened to the audiobook which is wonderful. I can‘t recommend the narrator: Graeme Malcolm highly enough. A mystery, set largely in Cnothan. (Scotland) it features Hamish Macbeth and a wonderful cast of characters including not one, but two wild cats. Nit really cozy, but if you like those, you‘ll enjoy this.

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Inspection | Josh Malerman
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Pure Malerman! Horrifying and fascinating. Not for the faint of heart, but an excellent read.

“D.A.D.‘s voice. Always direct, always athletic. J wasn‘t the only Alphabet Boy who equated the man‘s voice with strength. Comfort. Security. Knowledge.” (p. 7)

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Gemini Bites | Patrick Ryan
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1. Gemini ♊️
2. Finished two knitted baby afghans for my niece/nephew‘s twins. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
3. The Second Girl Birthday David Swinson. The central character‘s addictions were TOO painful.
4. Brunch with extended family.
5. Happy Friday Littens. 🥰

#FRIYAYINTRO

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Tear It Down | Nick Petrie
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Set in Memphis, Peter Ash starts out helping a combat photographer with severe PTSD, but quickly finds himself threatened by an out-of-control racist ex-con, and drug traffickers, while also trying to protect a teenaged street musician.

Peter Ash is a complex, interesting character as are the folks in his inner circle. I didn‘t enjoy this novel as much as the three earlier, but worth a read.

#nickpetrie

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Wolf Pack | C.J. Box
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Game Warden Joe Pickett has his job back just in time to confront cartel assassins. Rip-roaring tale set in Wyoming. Fun but not for the violence-adverse.

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he: A Novel | John Connolly
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1. I love Connolly‘s Charlie Parker novel, but HE is the best book I read last year. A wonderful fictional account of Laurel and Hardy‘s friendship.
2. Always. Part of the “control depression” routine
3. In the 30‘s with snow. ☹️
4. Peanut butter and cheese.
5. Sending hugs to all

@howjessreads

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Inherit the Bones: A Mystery | Emily Littlejohn
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Been struggling with depression, so reading a lot of mysteries as my concentration isn‘t great — can‘t not read tho‘

Discovered Emily Littlejohn. This is her first. Good story, great characters. Well worth a try.

Crazeedi I hope things turn brighter for you, sending a big ((hug)) your way💜🎶 3mo
cobwebmoth *hugs* 3mo
mdhughes72 Hang in there! 3mo
Cathythoughts Take care ♥️ 3mo
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The Black Ascot | Charles Todd
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Ian Rutledge is a fascinating character. Damaged by his service in the Great War, whip smart, and shadowed by his dead fellow veteran (Hamish) he sets out to find a man accused ten years ago of murder.

The writer duo, Charles Todd, give us an impeccable historical environment, wonderful characters, and a story with great twists. Has Ian really attempted suicide?

Highly recommended!

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I'm listening to this right now!! 😊😊 3mo
CaitlinR @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I bet it‘s a great audio book. Is the reader good? I get audiobooks for my Mom (87 yrs old). Always looking for good ones. 3mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @CaitlinR yes!! He's great! Simon Prebble is the narrator. I love him! This is the 3rd in this series I've listened to. I don't think I will read it any other way! 3mo
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Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Each book by this amazing author is better than the last. I love experiencing the Outback through her eyes. Her characters are fascinating and there are great twists in the stories.

In THE LOST MAN the middle of three brothers dies of dehydration near the Stockman‘s Grave. The family relationships, and the discoveries they make will worm into your brain and be hard to forget.

An excellent story.

MaggieCarr Agreed! Can't imagine such a vast open space and heat. Give me the beach. So many of us read it this week :) 3mo
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Fascinating. Yes, there‘s a murder, and a search for the killer, but what really makes this more that the usual mystery, is the geographic setting and the historical detail. the dust storms are terrifying.

Laurie Lowenstein takes us Vermillion. OK in the 1935. The soil is blowing away, we‘re in the midst of the depression, and Sheriff Jennings, up for re-election has a murder on his hands. He‘s lucky to have the assistance of his wife Etha.

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Thrills and a bit of new backstory for Reacher. The bad guys get their just deserts. Reacher walks off into the sunset.
I‘ve been reading Lee Child for years. Predictable and satisfying

Got to say though, Nick Petrie is my new fave in the “loner detects wrong and kicks butt” genre. Better writing, better characters. If you like Child, you‘ll love Petrie.

#NickPetrie

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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“Refuse to be a puppet, refuse to be a clone
You see, I‘m somebody‘s daughter, I‘m somebody‘s
sister,
I‘m somebody‘s hope. And I‘m somebody‘s mirror.
I‘m a genius, I‘m a star, call me all of the above,
But you‘ll never call me sellout, and you‘ll never call
me thug.” (p. 440)

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Lordy, Lordy, can this man write. He just gets better with age. This is one of his best. Literate, heart wrenching and thrilling. I didn‘t think anything could top his last (Robicheaux) but this is even better. You‘re a “noble mon” James Lee Burke.

“But the temptation to dream stays with me on a daily basis, not unlike the shimmer inside a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red or the glitter of gin cascading on the rocks. (p. 445-446)

Kaye I haven‘t read anything by him, so a couple questions : can you describe what type books he writes ? Are they all in a series ? I think I have one on audio but have yet to listen to it. And a comment : Gosh, is he cute, or what ? 😮. I‘ve never seen a picture of him. 3mo
jenniferw88 @kaye he basically writes crime thrillers and there are various series to choose from. See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lee_Burke#Bibliography 3mo
CaitlinR @kaye I‘ve found the books about Dave Robicheaux, most set in the New Orleans area, to be more than just crime thrillers. He explores the human condition in ways that really speak to me. I would recommend starting with IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH THE CONFEDERATE DEAD. 3mo
Kaye Thank you for the recommendation , @CaitlynR 😊 3mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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I wept my way through the end of this, the final book in the Winternight Trilogy. I‘ve enjoyed each title in the series more than the last. Russian tales and history! Thank you Ms Arden.

“There are no monsters in the world, and no saints. Only infinite shades woven into the same tapestry ... One man‘s monster is another man‘s beloved. The wise know that.” (p. 62)

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IQ | Joe Ide
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love when an author gives you the full back story for a character and I can‘t wait to read the other novels in this series. Isaiah Quintana is a fascinating character. Ide‘s East LA is great setting.

If you‘ve loved Walter Mosley, you‘ll love Ide. If you haven‘t read Mosley, read him next (or first)

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Whether you‘re a history buff or not, make sure you read this book; a wonderful, unique and valuable view of US history. Jill Lepore is brilliant. She tells us “where the dead go”

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After Anna | Lisa Scottoline
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Scott online. ‘Nuff said. Like popcorn, formulaic, but always fun.

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I love Val McDermid‘s books, but IMHO, this is not one of her best. Started slow, but picked up in the last third. I do have to admit that Karen Pirie is not one of my favorite characters. I am, however, a fan of Indian Motorcycles which figure large in the plot.

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Virgil Wander | Leif Enger
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This is a wonderful audiobook. MacLeod Andrews has the perfect voice for a story set in Northern Minnesota.

Leif Enger‘s tale is delightful. The people who try to save Virgil, but who are actually saved by this lovely man, will be part of my life for a long time. Rune, and his incredible kites are such a lovely metaphor for what we all seek.

I loved, loved this book.

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Don‘t miss this lovely, loving book. I‘ll never forget the relationship between Ray and One Eye. Ms Baume crafts the most wonderful character and voice for One Eye.

Love dogs? Run, don‘t walk to get a copy to read.

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Judas | Amos Oz
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“You‘re in love with her.”
“Maybe just a little, just with her shadow, not with her.”
“But you spend your whole life living among shadows. As a serve to earnestly desire the shadow.”
“Shadows, maybe. But I‘m not so much of a servant. Not yet.” (p. 77)

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Fish Stick Fridays | Rhys Ford
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1. Mysteries and fantasy
2. Worms. I hate walking after a rain
3. A Librarian, and I realized that dream.
4. 33 degrees, with snow expected tomorrow
5. Hello #FRIYATINTO-ers.

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Candice Chen, so damaged by her upbringing that she barely registers the dystopic events in her world, reports for work until she accidentally locks herself out of the office that only she now occupies. A condemnation of the lives of “twenty-somethings” who don‘t really occupy the world in which they live. A strange, vacant tale, but well written. It will be interesting to see what Ling Ma brings us next.

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“This card shows that you have come to the end if a journey” (p. 366)

Another great book by Ruth Ware. Harriet (Hal) thinks that, through a scam she‘s found a way save herself from a loan shark‘s threats, but the situation at Trepassen is far more complicated and risky than she could imagine. Loved the details about Tarot cards and readings.

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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson
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A good mystery with some twists and turns. Nowhere near as good as Jonasson‘s SNOWBLIND. If you have to choose, go with that one.

THE DARKNESS is, however, a quick and fairly satisfying read.

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Little: A Novel | Edward Carey
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Accompany Anne Marie Grosholtz, (Little), Doctor Philip Curtiss, and an incredible cast of characters from Berne to Paris. Experience the introduction of waxworks as documentation of history. Through Little‘s tale we live through the French Revolution in all it‘s glory and gore. I
highly recommend this fantastical, historical novel.

“Wax keeps all the world‘s words where they should be, until the right hands come to let them out.” (p. 365)

Christine11 I loved this book - so unusual and fascinating! 😊 6mo
Ruthiella I‘ve heard nothing but great things about this title!😀 6mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I love Ondaatje‘s work, but I just could not get through this one. May just have been the wrong time for me to approach this read. Hope you-all enjoy it more.

vkois88 Hey! I emailed you in reference to the Christmas Cross Stitch Exchange! @Endowarrior21 wanted to make sure you received your package, and I wanted to see where you were at with putting yours together 😊 6mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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“Don‘t you cry,” he said. This isn‘t a goddamn funeral” (p. 141.

A lovely novel about the process of death and the love of friends. What else could it be in Castle Rock?

Love King? You‘ll enjoy the weirdness. Never read King? You‘ll love the story.

No matter what Scott Carey said (above), it made me weep.

MelAnn This sounds really good! 6mo
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Somewhat flawed novel, but Kya (the Marsh Girl) is a haunting character. I wish the author had taken more care with her use of poetry, particularly a very garbled quote from Kinnell. Worth a read.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Can‘t remember when I enjoyed a book more. I want more time with Arthur Less than this wonderful book permits. I want my friends and family to know and love him. I want his suit; I want him to find it again. I want Arthur to recognize the joy that hovers just outside his reach.

“Love you always, Arthur Less” (p. 245)

slategreyskies I picked this book up at B&N a week or so ago. It looks really good! 7mo
CaitlinR @slategreyskies skies It has a place in my heart. Enjoy. 7mo
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Dead Don't Lie: An Abe Lieberman Mystery | Stuart M Kaminsky, Kaminsky
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This is Stuart Kaminsky.

If you haven‘t read any of his Abe Lieberman mysteries run, don‘t walk, to your Library or favorite Indie and grab one. Smart, witty and engaging.

The Dead Don‘t Lie has Turks, Greeks masquerading as Turks, Asian gangsters, a controversial memoir and a Swede who‘s suffered a testicular injury. Kaminsky (and Abe) tie it all together. You‘ll love the ride!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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A brilliant set of character studies that met my needs both for a collection of short stories and for a cohesive novel. Set largely in Oakland, CA, Tommy Orange introduces us to the powerful and the flawed. As his characters draw ever closer to a gathering (pow wow) the pace increases and I found myself wanting to save them all.

An excellent read.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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“It was so simple. If you want it, I will do it. If it would make you happy, I will go with you. Is there a moment that a heart cracks?”

Don‘t miss this lovely read.