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The Innocents: A Novel by Michael Crummey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385545426
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Published: Doubleday - November 12th, 2019

In the late 18th century along a rocky cove in northern Newfoundland, Evered and Ada become orphans. At their ages and in their utter isolation, they wouldn't even know such a word exists nor is there another soul anywhere near enough to help them survive. But this brother and sister do survive having learned just enough from their parents about fishing, gardening, and subsisting. The Innocents is intense, beautifully written and richly imagined. A singular work of fiction in theme and execution. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Warlow Experiment: A Novel by Alix Nathan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385545334
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Published: Doubleday - August 20th, 2019

Wealthy landowner and citizen scientist, Herbert Powyss, enthusiastically launches an experiment involving human isolation in the last years of the 18th century. Many unintended consequences result in this fascinating and superbly conceived work of historical fiction. Nathan's stylistic expertise and attention to detail chillingly renders the darkness of the endeavor. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Chances Are . . .: A novel by Richard Russo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101947746
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Published: Knopf - July 30th, 2019

This is vintage Russo. Why? The marvelous cast of characters, the sparkling dialogue, the texture, the slow and tantalizing posing of questions, secrets and revelations. It's a novel where you know from the beginning you are in the surest of hands and you want to delay the end for the pleasure of being there. Bookended by two weekends, decades apart, at Martha's Vineyard, Chances Are is about four college friends. One goes missing, perhaps forever, after the first weekend in 1971. What happened to her? ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

Imagine you are hosting a birthday party for your fifteen-year old niece in your home in your pleasant middle class neighborhood. Your whole family is there in the backyard. It’s a cookout. Gunmen walk into the yard and shoot everybody. They murder your whole family—your spouse, your mother, cousins. Sixteen in all. But by blind luck you survive because you are hidden in the house at the time of the ambush. You and your eight-year old son. If you linger one hour more in your house, in your hometown, you know with complete certainty you and your son will be murdered. Never mind the police. Your only chance to survive is to flee two thousand miles to the neighboring country to the north. This is the fiction that is the truth that Jeanine Cummins has created in her explosive novel. For the love of humanity, read it. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb - Book Review

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 2nd, 2019

I was thinking maybe I should talk to someone and then there was this book. Gottlieb has written a compassionate and entertaining memoir from both sides of the couch. So to speak. She tells the stories of four patients whose lives the reader comes to care deeply about while she herself goes into therapy. Physician, heal thyself? No. Human being, be honest with thyself and do something really difficult. Gottlieb is as fine a writer as she is a storyteller. I was sad our sessions had to end. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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