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The Trespasser by Tana French - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780670026333
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Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

Another brilliant mystery from the queen of Irish crime fiction. Two detectives, the misfits of their department, investigate a woman’s death that superficially seems a straightforward domestic murder. French is a master at crafting distinctive characters and a tense, eerie atmosphere. You’ll stay up late reading and wake up early to finish. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Swing Time by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594203985
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Published: Penguin Press - November 15th, 2016

After meeting in a dance studio, two girls from working class London form a friendship that deeply shapes their adolescence. Though their paths diverge as young women, the effects of their early bond reverberate throughout their adulthood. Music, dance, art, and identity all form strong themes in this compellingly narrated story. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Terranauts by T. C. Boyle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062349408
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Published: Ecco - October 25th, 2016

In the Arizona desert, four men and four women embark on a two-year experiment to survive in a sealed-off biodome. In this wildly imaginative story of a makeshift society pushed to the edge, Boyle remarkably details the comical failings, irrational desires, and idealistic (yet often misdirected) ambitions of humankind ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

An astonishing, quietly powerful collection of essays from the Pulitzer-prize winning poet. In them she reflects on a life well-made and the saving gifts of nature and art. Few writers have created work so deeply felt and beautifully formed. Read it; you’ll be more observant, alive, and human for it. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679644064
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Published: Random House - October 4th, 2016

Collins, master of delivering humor and heartbreak in deceptively simple terms, has another poetry collection that will delight you. His poems softly celebrate the brief, unadorned moments when inspiration or revelation might strike any of us: sitting in traffic, passing a cigarette, or considering the defiance of a cat. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Lesser Bohemians

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ISBN: 9781101903483
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Published: Hogarth - September 20th, 2016

The second novel from the 2014 winner of the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction matches her first book’s dark, relentless exploration of sexuality and self-destruction. The affair between an Irish drama student and an established actor upends and consumes their lives. McBride’s stream-of-consciousness language, lush, colloquial, and entrancing, beautifully narrates the violent and hope-filled course of their love. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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