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Lab Girl

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ISBN: 9781101874936
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2016

A wild and pleasantly bumpy ride through the life of a young scientist. This memoir focuses, not on her considerable achievements, but on daily events, thoughts, emotions and the borderline madness that accompanies a life lived with purpose and passion. As a bonus, the reader also learns some fascinating facts about the secret life of plants. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Being Mortal

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ISBN: 9780805095159
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 7th, 2014

Everyone should read this book if we are to live well and survive as a species. Dr. Gawande not only points out what is wrong with health care as it relates to aging, he demonstrates that there are many (including doctors) who are trying to advocate for positive change. My 94 year old friend recommended this to me because it also asks the question... "What makes life worth living?". The most important book of the year and a fascinating read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Where My Heart Used to Beat

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ISBN: 9780805097320
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 26th, 2016

It's always a pleasure. No one else manages to describe the human condition quite like this author. This story traces the mind and soul of Robert and the rest of the characters through two world wars and beyond. While the new science of psychiatry attempts to "fix" the mind, the damage to the soul can never be fathomed. The result for many is passive acceptance but not necessarily peace. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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ISBN: 9780062334695
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Published: Ecco - December 1st, 2015

What makes an object precious? Marketing masterminds have known for thousands of years. "You want it because everybody else wants it, and everybody else wants it because someone else has it. Nobody wants it if everyone can have it." An amusing and informative historical and psychological eye-opener! ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Lake House

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ISBN: 9781451649321
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Published: Atria Books - October 20th, 2015

Thankfully...another wonderfully absorbing novel to curl up with. No other author does the combination of atmosphere, character and mysterious story better. We are back in Cornwall with a deliciously complex group of relationships intricately crafted into a terrific tale. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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