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I love reading and write about great books on my blog https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com

The imagined life of young Madame Tussaud will intrigue you! Check out Little by Edward Carey

  My Review: Little is an unusual story of a determined young girl who makes a life for herself against all odds.  After her father dies, Marie (Little) and her mom go to live with a reclusive and peculiar doctor, … Continue reading

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1980s Chicago and the AIDs Crisis – 2015 Paris terrorism and cults. An incredibly moving story of friendships and loss. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

My Review: Chicago is the third largest city in the US and we rarely associate it with the AIDs epidemic, yet, the city and its people were deeply impacted by the then mysterious and untreatable, deadly disease.  Rebecca Makkai set … Continue reading

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Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

My Review: With history, science and creativity, talented author Esi Edugyan tells the story of an 11 year old slave, in Barbados and his adventurous escape to freedom.  Washington Black, or Wash, brought up in the sugar cane fields, experienced … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

My Review: If you are looking for an addictive quick read with brief chapters, interesting characters and psychological suspense, The Woman In the Window is for you! Dr. Anna Fox is trapped in her home.  Not literally…she is agoraphobic, presumably triggered … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations from a professional reader!

Sybil Steinberg, a longtime contributing Editor to Publishers Weekly, presents Sybil’s List several times a year at The Westport Library. This week she talked about her fall reading recommendations which included 38 titles, There There, His Favorites, Still Life With … Continue reading

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Hippie by Paulo Coelho

My Review: I loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and was hoping his new book would feel as important.  In Hippie, Paulo Coelho writes a story based on his own life experiences, his relationships, political views and personal values, and his … Continue reading

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Still Life With Monkey by Katharine Weber

My Review: It is always a special treat and enlightening to attend an author talk, and recently I was thrilled to hear Katharine Weber speak about her new book, Still Life With Monkey with contributing editor and former Book Review … Continue reading

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Identity, Dance and Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Feeling comfortable with who you are can be complicated…a difficult journey for many who feel different from others.  Often this is just a perception, as we all come from various sordid places and are birthed from unique people with their … Continue reading

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Being Alone, Delia Owens, and Where the Crawdads Sing

Habitually early, I walked into the Fairfield Library book event and took a seat in the front row.  I prefer to have an unobstructed view to the speaker and don’t feel shy about sitting alone in the center of the … Continue reading

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