Friday, November 27, 2020

Page Turners

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A bombshell of a book!

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This How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Two time-traveling secret agents are on opposite sides of a war that spans millennium.

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Ava gets rid of her dating app and goes on a writer’s retreat in Italy, where she finds Matt, the man of her dreams, and falls madly in love.

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Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson, Kwame Alexander, and illustrator Dawud Anyabwile

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

“The fight is won before you get in the ring”—words of wisdom abounded as I learned what it took for Ali to become a great athlete and sports hero.

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Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Set in a near future, one for which we are surely headed environmentally, Franny has been lost for a long time.

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Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang with Gabe Ulla

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

In this different sort of tell-all, David Chang describes his struggles with mental health in parallel with his journey as chef, restaurateur, friend, and family man.

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Thursday Murder Club is a delightful British mystery, and the club in the title is a group of seniors in a retirement community who like to review cold cases.

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Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like ‘Journey’ in the Title by Leslie Gray Streeter

Published Nov. 26, 2020 12:01 a.m.

It’s hard to imagine that a book about becoming a young widow could be hilarious, but it is that, plus poignant, sad, and wonderful.

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Saints at the River by Ron Rash

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A 12-year-old girl drowns in the Tamassee River located in small town South Carolina.

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The Color of Together by Milton Brasher-Cunningham

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Milton Brasher-Cunningham combines metaphors from jazz, cooking, and color to explore grief, hope, love, faith, and so much more.

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The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This gem of a children’s book features Abi and her two step-brothers who find that strange things happen when they are alone in their eerie, ivy-covered new house.

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Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I fully expected to love this book, but Kerri Maniscalco exceeded my expectations and blew my mind.

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The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Rebecca Farwell leads a double life. As Becky, she is treasurer and comptroller of her small Illinois town, sensible, dependable, and still living on the farm where she grew up.

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The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This coming-of-age story, set in early 20th-century Spokane, Washington, focuses on union organizers, business owners, and the nearly impossible choices have-nots face during a historical era that is highly relevant in a tumultuous 2020.

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American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World by Joe Berkowitz

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This fascinating look at the world of American artisan cheese is written with warmth, humor, and delicious descriptions.

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Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Published Nov. 12, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Hauntingly beautiful, this otherworldly story follows Piranesi, who, much like his namesake the artist Giovanni Piranesi, lives in an infinite labyrinth, accompanied only by the birds, the tides, and The Other

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How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Emilia has inherited Nightingale Books, in a small town in England, from her father, Julius, who has recently died.

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Unicorns Are the Worst! by Alex Willan

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

On unicorn overload?

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Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Tangier Island, a tiny island located in the Chesapeake Bay, has long been isolated from the mainland.

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The Searcher by Tana French

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Retired Chicago cop Cal Hooper moves to a remote Irish village, expecting a life of peace and quiet.

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Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

You know when you are reading a book and you have to go somewhere, and you can’t stop thinking about when you can get back to the book?

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Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Throughout his career, Jerry Seinfeld wrote his jokes on paper and kept them in an accordion file folder.

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If Then:How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The author of These Truths has written a new page-turner about Simulmatics Corp., the first company to incorporate computers, behavioral science, and politics.

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The Betrayal of the Duchess by Maurice Samuels

Published Oct. 29, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This account of the civil war waged in 19th century France by Duchesse de Berry to regain the throne for her 11 year-old son, the heir to the Bourbon dynasty, filled with intrigue and cross-dressing, documents her betrayal by a confidant, the son of the chief rabbi of France, which sparks a wave of antisemitism that lasted decades.

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The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Bea, 10, is carefully navigating between the two worlds of her divorced parents when her dad announces he will be marrying his boyfriend, who has a daughter.

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The Climbing Tree by John Stith

Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Growing up is hard when you’re a younger brother who can never quite keep up.

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The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Russian spies! Forbidden romance! Plot twists! This literary novel has it all.

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Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

This is a haunting story of a young woman who has just aged out of the foster care system and is looking forward to working on a farm in an isolated California community.

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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The author of The Warmth of Other Suns puts into words what most of us cannot see, but live every day.

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Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Published Oct. 15, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Two families are brought together as a quiet weekend getaway slowly goes wrong in the most unsettling of circumstances.

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