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A Little Life

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ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday - March 10th, 2015

Every page of A Little Life will break or warm your heart. Snippets of Jude's past, a childhood of abuse and misery, are followed by gestures of love and kindness from his friends. Dense and emotionally exhausting, this is the most rewarding novel I've read in years. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors by Andrew Shaffer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062077288
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 5th, 2013

A pleasant romp through history with literature's greatest drinkers, partiers, and scoundrels. These authors were characters of their own generations. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

Winter People

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ISBN: 9780385538497
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Published: Doubleday Books - February 11th, 2014

Good lord. A book hasn’t scared me this much since The Witches in second grade. I had to stop reading it before bed because it was giving me nightmares. That being said, I really enjoyed The Winter People: family secrets, a farmhouse full of hidey-holes, missing diary pages, and SOMETHING IN THE WOODS. With every new piece of the puzzle found, you lose another. So suspenseful – you will be plagued with chills throughout the entire book, and then for a while after. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

Book of Strange New Things

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ISBN: 9780553418842
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Published: Hogarth - October 28th, 2014

As a missionary on another planet, his wife waiting on Earth, Peter has little trouble introducing Christianity to his alien congregation while the effort to maintain his marriage becomes arduous. This beautifully written novel unfolds slowly to leave a lasting impression. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

The Secret Place

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ISBN: 9780670026326
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Published: Viking - September 2nd, 2014

A superb addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series! Detective Steven Moran is stuck in cold cases when 16 year old Holly Mackey (Frank's daughter!) shows up with a piece of evidence to open an old case. A year ago, Chris Harper was murdered, his body found on the property of the girls boarding school Holly attends. Two groups of girls, eight total, are at the heart of Steven's investigation, but the gangs are tight-lipped and unwilling to spill information that might endanger their friends. The story switches between the present, with Steven as the narrator, and the months leading up to the murder, with the narrative shifting between Holly and her friends. As always, French creates intricate, real characters to drive the suspense. This is as much a story of friendship as it is a mystery. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

The Fever

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ISBN: 9780316231053
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 17th, 2014

Deenie's friends are rapidly dropping - suffering from seizures, fainting, vomiting - and no one knows why. Is it the HPV vaccination? Something in the toxic lake? Something sexual? The girls insist they haven't done anything, and as far as Deenie knows, the only common denominator is being friends with her. Based on the true story - remember the girls from LeRoy, NY? Suspenseful and highly believable - Abbott's portrayal of the intricacies of high school friendships is beyond impressive. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks


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