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Descent: A Novel By Tim Johnston Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616203047
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - January 6th, 2015

A tightly constructed thriller about the disappearance of a teenage girl in the Rocky Mountains, and the fissure created by that loss in a family that clings fiercely and stoically to hope. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Unstill Life

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Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction By Gabrielle Selz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239171
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 5th, 2014

This poignant and candid daughter's memoir describes twentieth-century art and culture through the lens of a tempestuous family narrative. Growing up in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, Selz's social milieu was peopled with the famous and eccentric artists of the time. A great read for the art lover! ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

All the Birds, Singing

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All the Birds, Singing: A Novel By Evie Wyld Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345802507
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2015

This novel held me captive from the first sentence. The protagonist, Jake, is as tough as the lonely life she has chosen, that of a sheepherder on a remote British coast. She battles unseen menace: something is mutilating her sheep, and she is running from a past the horror of which is revealed in flashbacks, in scars running along her spine, in phantom calls to a family back home, in a dramatic escape from a sheep station in the Australian bush, in snatches of memory. Lured by the language and sense of place, with danger lurking everywhere - in one memorable scene a picture slips from behind a headboard to release a nest of huntsman spiders onto the walls - I found this unforgettable novel, peopled with brutal characters struggling within a harsh environment to be a heart-stopping read. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage By Ann Patchett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062236685
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

A collection of twenty-two essays by an accomplished novelist and memoirist that offer glimpses into her life and the circuitous route by which she becomes a writer. From a rural childhood in Tennessee through the present day, Patchett examines her commitments: to the hard work and joy of her craft, to family, to friendships, and to books in an emotionally resonant portrait. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer

Last Days of California

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The Last Days of California: A Novel By Mary Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871408419
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Published: Liveright - September 2nd, 2014

Jess Metcalf and her evangelist family take a wayward, one-way road trip towards California to the rapture, driving through America's wasteland, eating at fast food places and staying in fleabag motels. Along the route, Jess questions her faith and her actions, while drawing ever closer to her quirky family. ~ Reviewed by Amy Palmer


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