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Adult Fiction

Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

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There’s something for both mothers and children in Please Look After Mom : mothers will feel grateful they don’t have selfish children and children will be glad to not have a martyr for a mother.

The Art of Forgetting by Camille Noe Pagan

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Friendships are always a balancing act—each person has a role, whether it’s providing a shoulder to cry on, remembering your past romantic mistakes, or being up for your latest harebrained activity. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find a friend who fulfills all of these. In the The Art of Forgetting , Marisa and Julia are longtime soulmates.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

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Despite the gag-worthy sentence “Sometimes love does conquer all” on the jacket flap of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel , don’t be alarmed: Helen Simonson’s first novel is a no-nonsense, non-traditional British romance that will delight the reader.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

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While The Weird Sisters follows three sisters, deep down it’s a book about being a parent.

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

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There’s no way around the fact that The Wife: A Novel is one of the most depressing books I’ve read. And if you’re familiar with my reading list, that’s no small feat.

I still loved it.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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Take note, all you Rapture-joking posters on Facebook: there are no equals to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman when humorously writing about the end of the world.

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

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If there is an upside to economic downturn, it’s an increasing number of books that recognize many Americans' financial reality, from This Is Where We Live to the The Three Weissmanns of Westport: A Novel .

Q and A With Author Jamie Lynn Braziel

Emma, the heroine of Declaring Spinsterhood , has had it. Fed up with a lousy ex-boyfriend and mixed messages from her male best friend, not to mention being teased by her family, she announces she is going to embrace being a spinster.

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Before I give my thoughts on Delirium , I have to pause for a moment and say:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

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If there is anything that embarrasses me as a book reviewer (other than how behind I get on reviews), it's when I honestly don't understand a central plot point or theme in a book.

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