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Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel by Anne Tyler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Micah Mortimer has an ordinary life in Baltimore. He lives alone, is fastidious in his habits, offers computer services to local seniors as the Tech Hermit, and runs to control his health. Everything Micah does is deliberate, so when his steady girlfriend dumps him and the son of his college sweetheart shows up at his door he is suddenly cast into a series of circumstances that gently and profoundly encourage change. This is classic Tyler. Human. Illuminating. Reassuringly hopeful. But not without the warts and all. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Actress: A Novel by Anne Enright - Book Review

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 3rd, 2020

Actress: A Novel is one of those rare dazzling literary performances sure to inspire a reading of every other book the author has written. Post war London and Dublin leap to the stage under the narrative spell of Norah who guides us through the arc of her mother - Katherine O'Dell's - infamous acting career. Katherine's eventual reduction from age, inequities, artistic strife and bitterness are no less intriguing interspersed with Norah's genius self discovery. Heavy with mystique, witty dialogue, razor sharp observation and vintage atmosphere, Actress is nothing short of a tour de force.


The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316449236
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

A mind-blowing decades old murder investigation is enhanced by a highly intelligent and original memoir that takes a hard look at human nature, violence, and masculinity in America. Reviewing the Rainbow murders through the lense of Eisenberg was like being in the passenger seat with an extremely gifted driver who knows exactly how to maneuver West Virginia's switchback mountain roads in the dark because she's lived there as an outsider trying to fit in and knows exactly where to shine the headlights. The implications of her sociocultural findings reach far beyond the borders of Pocahontas County and are sure to place her work on every must read list for years to come. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books by Nina Freudenberger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525575443
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

Biblio Style: How We Live at Home with Books, by Nina Freudenberger is a genius celebration of bibliophiles and their exquisite book collections. From Hudson Valley farms, to Brooklyn lofts, Paris apartments and French country homes, the book lairs here are as richly textured, colorful and complex as their spirited and distinct owners. Depending on your point of reference the photography will either validate your stacks or inspire a lavish revamp but there is no walking away unaffected. Add this one to the pile! ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith - Book Review

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Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2019

I just spent six hours with Patti Smith in my car.
There is no better balm for getting unstuck, than to listen to someone clearly enlivened by aging, loss, death and elections. Admittedly, Patti's global walkabout In The Year of the Monkey. a memoir of her life approaching the age of 70, often blurs dream and reality - and I've not worked out the meaning of the candy wrappers yet - but still. This book has got soul, and I've listened to it twice. Aside from learning that she likes beans and eggs for breakfast, Patti writes with a raw and compelling lucidity about being, writing, gratitude and truth. Listen to it twice. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Olive, Again: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780812996548
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Published: Random House - October 15th, 2019

There are scenes in this wonderful novel that return to me vividly at quiet moments and I relive them as a witness, like they really happened, that I was lucky enough to be in the room because of a powerful question I seemed to share, or a bewildering incite or feeling validated by the marvelous enigmatic character of Olive Kitteridge.
Strout's writing is a wonder. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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