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Salt Houses by Hala Alyan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544912588
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 2nd, 2017

A powerful and moving novel about several generations of a Palestinian family whose lives are repeatedly uprooted and disrupted by war. All the while they confront the common problems and rites of passage for families in any culture--conflict between parents and teenagers, the discovery or rejection of religion, caring for aging parents. A masterful debut from a major talent. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735216525
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

Your mind says it's time to get out of this chair but your fingers won't let it go. Meloy has written the un-put-downable novel of the summer. Propulsive, frightening, and worst/best of all, believable. If you liked A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again...ok not really. But don't fool around with the tour guide when you go ashore. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544750333
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 1st, 2017

The Dark Net, that underground, illegal Internet is a real thing and it's scary enough. But what if the gates of hell were flung open via the web? Scarier. Benjamin Percy imagines a world called Portland where demons are hacking away. A heroic twelve year old blind girl and her aunt, a determined, socially inept Journalist, are well-crafted characters in this battle against evil and race against time. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Celine by Peter Heller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451493897
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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

This excellent novelist (The Dog Stars and The Painter are two personal favorites) introduces a wonderful character in the silver-haired, blue-blooded Celine, a private eye whose own fractured childhood fuels her work in reuniting separated families. Her current case involves a young woman whose father, a world-class National Geographic photographer, disappeared decades earlier, presumably dead by bear attack. Heller's story takes the reader from Long Island Sound to southern Vermont, Yellowstone to Argentina. Part rich family saga and part investigative thriller, Celine is both thought-provoking and page-turning. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen by David Hockney - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419722752
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Published: Abrams - October 18th, 2016

An immersive conversation between an artist and an art critic about how we see the world around us and how artists compress that three-dimensional, moving world onto a flat surface. Covering painting, film, photographs, this lavishly illustrated book is a revelation. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


The Second Mrs. Hockaday, by Susan Rivers - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616205812
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 10th, 2017

This is immersive historical fiction set in South Carolina during the Civil War. Read it for the characters, read it for the tension Rivers creates and builds around life-shattering secrets, and read it for the sublime language that flows across the pages in this perfectly rendered epistolary novel. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


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