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The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

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The Rise & Fall of Great Powers By Tom Rachman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679643654
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Published: Dial Press - June 10th, 2014

This quirky novel took me on a wild ride from a remote bookshop in Wales to Bangkok and around the globe on the heels of an enigmatic character named Tooly, whose mysterious past kept me guessing and delighting until the end. A simply lovely read by the author of The Imperfectionists. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Son of a Gun

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Son of a Gun: A Memoir By Justin St. Germain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980745
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 5th, 2014

In 2001 the author's mother was murdered in the Arizona desert, possibly by her fifth husband, an excop. The persistent memories and unrelenting pain drive a quest to make sense of her life and death. A searing, spare, unexpected mother son memoir. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Let's Take the Long Way Home

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Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship By Gail Caldwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812979114
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 9th, 2011

This beautiful memoir chronicles the friendship between Caroline Knapp, author of Drinking: A Love Story, and Pulitzer Prize winner and former book critic for the Boston Globe, Gail Caldwell. Shared mutual passions for writing, dogs, and rowing, as well as recovery from alcoholism, created an intimacy that inspired a deep affinity until Caroline's death at the age of 42 from cancer. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

The End of the Point

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The End of the Point: A Novel By Elizabeth Graver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062184856
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 22nd, 2014

Masterfully evocative of time and place, The End of the Point spans three generations of a New England family who return yearly to a fictitious Massachusetts summer community called Ashaunt Point. A novel about change, both historical and personal, it is also about the fissures and healing that occurs within familial relationships, is ultimately, in the words of the author, “...a collage of voices and stories of the wounded and the repaired.” ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel By Karen Joy Fowler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142180822
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 25th, 2014

This is a beautiful, moving tale about a behavioral scientific study gone awry, about how a family deals with the loss of one of its own. Rosemary Cooke is a unique narrator exploring the ways in which family members respond to that initial grief, move on, become lost, find connection, and ultimately discover what it means to be "human." ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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