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2010

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.

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.

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