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We Are Not Ourselves

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ISBN: 9781476756677
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 2015

The full impact of this dense yet readable novel doesn't hit until the last few pages. The family story, full of the dark shadows and dappled light of everyday existence, builds from Eileen's dysfunctional, but not abnormal, childhood in 1940s Queens through the next sixty odd years while she builds a life and follows a path she might not have dreamed of. The elusive American Dream is partially realized along with all the twists and turns of choices and events not chosen. Remarkable in its poignant attention to the truth of a life lived to the best of one's ability. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Dinner with Buddha

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ISBN: 9781565129283
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 2nd, 2015

The journey continues, taking Otto and Rinpoche on another road trip. Both physical and spiritual discovery drive the story, but the real meat of this novel is an understated series of lessons for living, dying and making sense of the world and one's place in it. Told with humor, wonder and wisdom, the reader is invited to experience the comfort of self knowledge and hope. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Temporary Gentleman

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ISBN: 9780143127123
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2015

Distaster, drunkeness, despair...and devotion are all part of the fabric of this novel set in 1940's Ireland and Africa. As in his previous works, Barry masterfully, yet sparely, manipulates language and imagery to tell a complicated story involving various members of his family in a loosely connected saga of this 20th century Irish clan. Each novel is a gem...this one my new favorite. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Plover

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ISBN: 9781250062451
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2015

What an adventure! This amazing personal quest makes for a delightful read, not only for the actual sea journey across the Pacific, but for the fascinating trip through the minds and personal relationships of the characters. I've never read anything quite like it and found it remarkable and enlightening as well as enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The Lie

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ISBN: 9780802123480
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Published: Grove Press - March 10th, 2015

"The Great War", like all other wars, had many different kinds of casualties. The ones who come back bear their scars forever no matter how quietly they try to put their lives back together. In this novel full of beautifully understated emotion, Dunmore invites us unto Daniel's tormented mind as he attempts to manage the past and present to the best of his damaged ability and finds a kind of closure at the meeting of both realities. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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ISBN: 9780345516541
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 23rd, 2014

Good, solid and enjoyable historical fiction detailing the life of Robert Louis Stevenson. The importance of his American artist wife Fanny in the trajectory of his writing career makes for great storytelling as we accompany them through time and space as they navigate their relationship and develop their individual talents. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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