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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
The Daughters of Mars

jksquires, October 16, 2013

This is a beautifully written panoramic novel by the great Thomas Keneally. It tells the story of two sisters who leave their homestead in Australia both to volunteer as nurses in the Great War. The two sisters, Naomi and Sally, are not particularly close before this life changing experience, but come to understand each other and grow closer through their harrowing war-time experiences. Keneally's attention to detail is astonishing. The author based his novel on journals of nurses who served in World War I and he has worked a true magic in bringing them to life and the lesson of the futility of war is one for all conflicts to come.
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MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
MaddAddam

jksquires, September 17, 2013

I was eagerly awaiting the third in the trilogy, and I was not disappointed. Someone said that Margaret Atwood is the greatest living Canadian author--I'll go one step further and say she's the greatest living author. No one else could create this incredible dystopian future and even though you'd think speculative fiction about the end of civilization as we know it would be completely bleak, MaddAddam actually teems with life and humor. Oryx & Crake is probably my favorite of the three because of the tragedy of the title pair, but all of them are brilliant works of literature.
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My Father's Tears: And Other Stories by John Updike
My Father's Tears: And Other Stories

jksquires, July 31, 2013

This, I believe was John Updike's last collection of short stories and it is a marvel. I've been an Updike enthusiast for years and this beautifully written book reminds me that there was no better American writer in the second half of the 20th century that this great man.
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The End of Your Life Book Club (Vintage) by Will Schwalbe
The End of Your Life Book Club (Vintage)

jksquires, July 21, 2013

I'm often skeptical of books that are said to be inspirational, but this book is truly inspiring in every sense of the word. The author's mother, Mary Anne, was an incredible woman with a passion for life and lived her life in a manner that helped so many. Both Will and his mom shared a life-long love of books and his time spent with her during the last months of her life sharing books and discussing their impact is a testament to the bond they had. A friend of mine who is a small town library director recommended this volume to me and it's the best book I've read this year--I've read some very good ones--but this is the most important by far.
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The End of Your Life Book Club (Vintage) by Will Schwalbe
The End of Your Life Book Club (Vintage)

jksquires, July 21, 2013

I'm often skeptical of books that are said to be inspirational, but this book is truly inspiring in every sense of the word. The author's mother, Mary Anne, was an incredible woman with a passion for life and lived her life in a manner that helped so many. Both Will and his mom shared a life-long love of books and his time spent with her during the last months of her life sharing books and discussing their impact is a testament to the bond they had. A friend of mine who is a small town library director recommended this volume to me and it's the best book I've read this year--I've read some very good ones--but this is the most important by far.
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