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Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312424091
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Published: Picador - October 14th, 2004

Every sentence of Robinson’s novels are perfectly constructed. It is rumored she doesn’t continue on to the next sentence until the one she is presently on reaches its finished form in her exacting eye. This is her first and perhaps finest novel, a story of family tragedy that orphans the narrator and her sister. When their brooding, quirky aunt arrives to raise them, rivalries simmer and reputations are altered forever. Masterful and hauntingly beautiful prose pulls this slow-burning book to its lingering conclusion. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Still Life with Woodpecker: A Novel by Tom Robbins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553348972
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

Robbins’ prose nearly pops off the page. It took me all of two pages to fall in love with his colorful style. This is a story of romance and redheads, outlaws and aliens, bedrooms and brambles, and a cryptic pack of Camel cigarettes. Some of the most fun you’ll have with language’s playful side. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Empire Falls by Richard Russo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375726408
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2002

If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you’ve already met all of Empire Falls’ characters in person. Russo writes them with a richness of familiarity, and their various perspectives are immediately compelling—from the humorous to the tragic. I took my time with this one; once I began walking down its cracked sidewalks, frequenting its lone diner, bouncing between the crusts of its two-tiered society, I didn’t want to leave. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780778307747
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Published: Park Row - June 11th, 2019

From the moment I was crouching alongside Gertrude in the heat of an alligator infested swamp, I was hooked by her story, just as I would be upon being introduced to the other two main narrators - big hearted Retta still mourning the death of her little girl, and Annie, isolated by her tyrannical wealthy husband.Together, they tell of their rural lives in a southern town, just after the Civil War, where race and class are a mighty burden, and where women, despite their station or class, reach out to nurture, keep vigil, and rescue one another. A first rate novel with great depth, terrific writing and characters whose faces I will never forget. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781947793156
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Published: Tin House Books - October 9th, 2018

Claire Fuller certainly proves her ability to charm and captivate readers in her newest novel, Bitter Orange. But this novel also scared me to death. You know as you wade in that something is terribly, horribly awry This lurking sensation emerges and retreats throughout, seemingly like a main character - ever present, but never solid. You just can't put your finger on it. Until the end. I never anticipated such an ending. Whoa!! ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 by George Howe Colt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501104787
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

Undefeated Harvard hosted undefeated Yale at the end of a year of political assassinations, race riots, escalation of war, and the election of Richard Nixon. What happened on the football field, in its glorious improbability, provided an affirmation of sport's outlet for tension and conflict, and the benefit of playing the game. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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