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Grief

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In an age of big novels with big themes - here's looking at you, Freedom - it's refreshing to spend some time with an understated but moving work.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

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There’s no real rhyme or reason why a good book doesn’t resonate with you. Why have I blocked out major plot points of American Pastoral ? Why does the Old Man and Sea still make me shudder with dislike? Why do some people hate Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) ?

The Lovers by Vendela Vida

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  Like all children, my younger sister went through a phase where she would dress herself, sometimes preparing for kindergarten by putting on green leggings, a red skirt, and a soccer jersey.

My sister made bold fashion choices that didn’t always work. The Lovers: A Novel is the literary version of this ensemble.

Get Me Out by Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D.

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I couldn’t figure out why every woman I knew wasn’t reading this book, and then I realized not everyone wants to sit curled up by a fireplace and read about forceps or vesicovaginal fistulas.

Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi

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This book was so sad, I literally curled up under my covers and talked to the cat for a while after reading it.

It’s not just that you literally witness de Rossi’s self-sabotage – at her lowest weight she was at 82 pounds – but that her self-hatred literally oozes off the pages in Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Now back to my regular reading schedule involving death.

This week’s choice was the NPR-recommended Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and, friends, it rocks.

You Wish by Mancy Hubbard

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The cover of You Wish has a bright pink background with a pony on a cupcake.

Winter's Bone

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  If I were doing a literary mash-up, I would put Ree Dolly in the Hunger Games, as she is the country cousin of Katniss Everdeen. Neither girl is someone I would try to cross: fiercely protective of their younger siblings, they will stop at little to survive.  They are inspiring, if a little scary.

The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

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