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The Sandcastle Girls

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ISBN: 9780307743916
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Published: Vintage - April 16th, 2013

This book is haunting and beautiful. It’s a homage to Bohjalian’s ancestry and the Armenian Genocide that led into WWI. It has a lingering hold on me. I am reading Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson as well and the two books blend and back each other perfectly. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Bring Up the Bodies

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ISBN: 9781250024176
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2013

So seldom does a sequel live up to it's mate; this book does it picks up right where Wolf Hall ends. What I admire most is how Mantel speaks so convincingly in a 16th century male voice. This book also won the Man Booker Prize, another amazing achievement. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Wolf Hall

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Published: Picador - August 31st, 2010

I loved this book as a contrast to the books written about Henry the Eighth and his wives. Taken from a different point of view; by a man, Thomas Cromwell, often vilified. This book is written in a voice that is totally realistic. Winner of the Man Booker Prize. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Spinning Heart

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ISBN: 9781586422240
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Published: Steerforth - February 25th, 2014

It is a beautifully constructed book. Elegant as well as eloquent. I think he is going to be as strong a voice as Roddy Doyle for Irish Literature. I found Ryan to be as astute and "Brilliant" as Anne Enright without the brutality and undercurrent of personal detritus. I also found Ryan's honest reflection of humanity without the Irish romanticism refreshing. The Spinning Heart speaks clearly in an Irish voice but lacks the false Irish Paddiness that is often seen as Irishness. This book made me homesick for Ireland, it's been 13 years since my last trip there. I will look forward to more of Donal Ryan eagerly. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062107978
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

this is a true "Romantic" book. It is a love story of mothers and daughters, women and the sea. With a hint of magic. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143121077
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Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

Ok, so this is not exactly an easy read. But it rings true and is based on fact. This is about the first Native American who went to Harvard, caught between worlds and cultures, love and loss and knowledge. Above all of Geraldine Brooks's books. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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