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Swimming by Nicola Keegan

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Full disclosure: I picked up Swimming because I do, in fact, love swimming. To me, it has always been one of the most enjoyable activities, a way to fly and to move, a place where having broad shoulders is actually helpful.

So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

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In the beginning of So Much Pretty: A Novel , Clare and Gene Piper live out a fantasy that my husband I have mused upon: pick up and leave the city for the countryside, raise a child, breathe the fresh air, and be a part of a community.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

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Don't believe the reviews that say this book is terrible; simply accept that it's completely unsatisfying.

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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

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If you’re a past or present journalist, The Imperfectionists: A Novel * allows you a chance to say ‘oh I know that person,’ whether it’s the sad sack copy editor eating ice cream for dinner or the brilliant business reporter being taken advantage of by her boyfriend.

Obit by Jim Sheeler

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Last week I headed to Crested Butte, Colorado. It turns out there’s no better book to bring along than Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives , which is as much about creating a picture of Coloradoans as it is the individuals profiled.

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

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Forget the Man Booker Prize. Can someone give me an award for finishing this book?

Memento Nora by Angie Smibert

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How many times have you thought, “Wow, I wish I could forget that horrible break-up/time I got fired/being hit in the face?”

Let the Great World Spin

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The best recommendation that I can give this book is that my fellow book club members read it, liked it, and talked about it at our meeting, which is an event that happens about as often as a lunar eclipse.

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