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Chris has been a partner at the store for twenty years. She has a BA in History from Albion College and a BS in Education from Kent State. A mother of five grown sons, she used to hide in the laundry room to get time to read!
This book, which releases in September, exposes the reader to a wonderful story teller whose writing takes you to a different world. The characters, along with the Dutch House, embrace you holding you captive until the last page. Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two siblings who cannot overcome their past. When at last, they're forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
I was really ready to read something a little different and Lisa See’s story about the Haenyeo divers of Korea held me spellbound from the first page. This is a story of friendship between two of the baby divers, Mi-ja and Young-sook and the decades that come to divide them. The culture of these women, who harvest the ocean floor while their men tend to the children and the home, presents a society of powerful women striving to survive amid a world plagued by war. A fierce, unforgiving story of love, hardship, and eventual understanding.
The trend in DNA analysis has grown during the past few years with almost all of us wanting to know what our genealogy really is. But what if the life you’ve been living is somehow all wrong? This is Dani Shapiro’s story of how the secrets in her family crumbled beneath her when she received the results of her Ancestry.com test and realizes that her father wasn’t her father at all. But more importantly, it is the heart and love that are at the center of her family as she evolves into a new understanding of whom and what she is made of.
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. A compassionate, insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control. Ms. Jones is a fabulous writer who creates unforgettable characters! Great discussion about race, love, and the effects of society.
As a huge fan of Anne Tyler, I couldn’t wait to read this book! This is an inviting story of a woman reflecting on all parts of her life. The story is formatted with each chapter taking place in a different time period. We see Willa as a young girl, newlywed, widower, and a remarried woman who just wants to be noticed and perhaps needed. Reminiscent of The Ladder of Years, her new book is typical of the sublime art of character development. Nuanced with the mundane everyday life, we see Willa evolve into a new creature recreating herself anew. “She sees herself as a tiny skirted figure like the silhouette on a ladies’ room door, skimming the curve of the earth as it sails through space.” Best last line ever! And it comes out on my birthday, July 10th
My favorite book of 2017!
While Hannah did write the Nightingale, a historical novel about France during the WWII, The Great Alone, while encompassing some history, is a more contemporary novel set in the 1970’s – 1980’s. This is a story of passion and survival. Passion for community, family, and country. Survival from the elements of Alaska and those we love. The descriptions are breath taking and the character development complicated and moving. This is a gripping story that is difficult to walk away from. Hannah weaves herself into your days as you think about these characters wishing that you could give them advice and help them along!
Ms. Egan may be the best American novelist of our day. As a Pulitzer Prize winner her use of language, creation of fascinating characters, and captivating plot compel the reader to turn each page, but not before savoring every word. This historical novel set in the depression through the Second World War, weaves the story of a young girl supporting her disabled sister and her mother after the disappearance of their father. Young Anna works in the Brooklyn Naval Yard and becomes the first female diver repairing the ships for the US Navy. Her relationship with gangster Dexter Styles brings to light the complexity of her father’s life and the reasons why he might of disappeared. I loved every page!
I am absolutely loving this entertaining humorous story about a English Department in a small university. The characters are just plain fun!
Trying to be a better father, Samuel Hawley, a man who carries more guns than Quentin Tarantino, takes his teenage daughter, Loo, back to Olympus, Massachusetts, his deceased wife’s hometown. Few in this village want them around, and the story winds back and forth between their past and the present. This thriller takes you on a road trip of grand proportions, but somehow you end up loving this unlikely team. Tinti is an extremely gifted writer who “exposes her characters’ hearts with a precision and a fearlessness that that will leave you shaken”. (Junot Diaz) I couldn’t put this book down!
As a former twenty-year resident of Cleveland Heights, I was immediately drawn to this book about Shaker Heights. You have to understand that the two towns are similar to Mariemont and Milford. The Van Sweringen’s (like the Emery’s) designed the city of Shaker Heights and they were my neighbors on Coleridge Road. They were delightful people who lost much of their fortune after the seventies. The city was well designed, with winding roads, parks, schools, and the Shaker Rapid for transporting people to work in downtown Cleveland. The novel mimics the spirit of the town in creating a utopia for people to lead successful lives in a perfect environment. The Richardson family embodies this spirit by always playing by the rules, or do they? Enter Mia Warren, a single mother and photographer, with a mysterious past and a teenage daughter, Pearl. Soon the families are intertwined and battle lines are drawn. Elena Richardson puts her family on a path of destruction, along with the lives of Mia and Pearl. Once again the author has created a story where the reader has to decide what really happens in the end. This book releases September 12th! I give it five stars
Having never read a book about hockey, I was challenging myself to get outside of my comfort zone in choosing a subject that made me feel a little uneasy. (What woman hasn’t heard those horrible stories about hockey players?) This story about a town that has been slowly deteriorating due to unemployment, is about the presumed win of the city's promising junior-level hockey team and the salvation of everyone. The hopes of a whole city are riding on a team of teenage boys, until a fateful night changes everything. The author is masterful at putting the reader inside the souls of his characters. A bit darker than some of his other novels, you don’t have to be a hockey fan to fall in love with some of his protagonists.