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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett A bottle of gin. A gun. A tablet of Benadryl. A book. In Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth, these everyday objects take on resonant meanings for the blended family that is born in the wake of an adulterous kiss at a gin-and-orange soaked party. Fix and Beverley Keating are picture perfect, for a few pages, at least. He is a police detective in LA and she is a beautiful housewife. They are raising two children in the 1960’s when, out of nowhere, a handsome lawyer avoiding his own family decides to pay his respects and...

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly I am always on the lookout for a great new book – whether it’s at the bookstore, through a Goodreads email, or when friends talk about books they love. This time around for my recommendation here at GNB, I have gone back and forth on several books, especially one that is an important recent book, which I read, but honestly did not love. For weeks I have scoured shelves and lists to find a book to recommend, and then I landed on Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, a first-time author. I bought it and devoured all...

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Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce

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Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce

Pull Me Under Pull Me Under starts with a premise we can all imagine in today’s world. A 12-year-old Japanese-American girl, bullied relentlessly by a classmate “releases her inner black organ” and kills her tormenter with a letter opener. (I haven’t given anything away—we are told this on the first page of the book.) I noticed at a young age—four years old, five—a dark presence in my chest, a blackness, clinging to the back of my heart. Mostly the thing lay dormant and I could put it out of my mind. But occasionally it swelled like an...

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Favorite Childhood Books: GreatNewBooks Team Post

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Favorite Childhood Books: GreatNewBooks Team Post

For fun, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, and Jennifer King — thought we would enjoy opening up the conversation of Favorite Childhood Books to share here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We worked hard to each try and pick our favorite book from growing up. Between the ten of us, these are our Favorite Childhood Books …   FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS Lindsey’s pick:  A...

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Upstream by Mary Oliver

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Upstream by Mary Oliver

Upstream by Mary Oliver As I read Mary Oliver’s latest essay collection, Upstream, I wondered what this brilliant poet thinks of the latest election, inauguration, and state of the world. Is she staying deep in her beloved woods, ignoring it all, or would she like to be marching with us (and what on earth would her sign say)? After finishing the last essay, I decided that if Mary Oliver had to spend a few days in DC, it wouldn’t be long before she became preoccupied with the tightly budded winter trees and the ice along the tidal basin. Maybe...

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The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison

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The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison

The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison My stepdad turned me onto Jim Harrison, who is best known for writing Legends of the Fall, which I’ve never read, incidentally. (I loved the movie, though.) Harrison, who died last year, reminds me of a cross between John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. In fact, he reminds me of a well-known Steinbeck character, Doc. He was an avid outdoorsman, a sensitive poet, a nature and animal lover, but also a womanizer, alcoholic, and over-eater. He consumed life, by all accounts. The Ancient Minstrel is his last...

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend The first line of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend describes the main character, Sara, as “so ordinary it was almost scandalous.” Indeed, it is Sara’s plain appearance and simple life that make her journey in Broken Wheel, Iowa, such a delight to follow. The novel, written by Swedish author Katarina Bivald and translated into English by Alice Menzies, tells the story of Sara, who travels from Sweden to spend time with her American (and much older) pen pal, Amy. Amy and Sara shared a love of books and...

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The GNB Most Anticipated Books of 2017

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The GNB Most Anticipated Books of 2017

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun beginning-of-year Best of 2017 post would be to share books we’re excited to read in 2017! All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve read and thoroughly love. We hope, once we read these Most Anticipated Books, we’ll want to share them here with you throughout the year....

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Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2016

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Favorite Books We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2016

All ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — love to read. We thought a fun end-of-year Best of 2016 post would be to share books we’ve finally read and definitely loved here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! All year, we share books on Wednesdays which we’ve read and thoroughly loved. Those books, though, are ones which have been published within the last 5 years...

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The GNB Favorite Book Quotes of 2016

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The GNB Favorite Book Quotes of 2016

All throughout 2016, the ten of us on the GNB team — Lindsey Mead, Nina Badzin, Jess Vealitzek, Hallie Sawyer, Stacey Loscalzo, Pamela Hunt Cloyd, Katie Noah Gibson, Julia Munroe Martin, Jessica Flaxman, and Jennifer King — have read a lot of books! Some of us make notes in margins when we read or write down quotes we love from books we read in 2016. This week, we want to share them here at GreatNewBooks.org with you! We worked hard to each try and pick our favorite book from 2016 (last week’s post). Between the ten of us,...

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