Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Feb15

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...

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The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro
Jul27

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

The Muralist A few years ago, I read B.A. Shapiro’s bestselling novel The Art Forger, and loved it. Earlier this year, Shapiro’s next novel, The Muralist, came out on shelves, and of course I knew I had to read it. It’s that way with writers whose work we enjoy once, we usually enjoy again. Like The Art Forger, The Muralist is set in the past but also contains a character trying to solve a current day mystery. In The Muralist,...

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The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Apr06

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Hired Girl If you enjoy historical fiction and realistic young adult novels, you will likely enjoy The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz. Set, for the most part, in Baltimore in 1911, The Hired Girl tells the story of Joan, a young Catholic girl who yearns to escape the farm life in Pennsylvania under her father’s strict rule. Joan is allowed to attend school, where she thrives, until her mother dies and she is needed at home to...

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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Mar23

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger Leah “Lee” Westfall has a secret: she can sense the presence of gold. Whether it’s a few flakes of gold dust in a riverbed or a nugget hidden under a floorboard, the metal calls to Lee, tugging at her fingers and tingling in her throat. Since her father fell ill, Lee’s gold sense (as well as her skill with a gun) has allowed her to help provide for her family. But when her beloved parents are both murdered,...

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Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams
Nov25

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

The cover alone makes you want dive right in, doesn’t it? Along the Infinite Sea shifts between pre­-World War II Europe and 1960’s America, following the stories of two women, Annabelle Dommerich and Pepper Schuyler. Both women are forces to be reckoned, way ahead of their time, but as the story unfolds, past secrets and sacrifices reveal how these two women’s lives are connected. Young Annabelle is an opinionated youth recently out...

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Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters
Aug26

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters

Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters This is a story of two women, born in different eras, linked family history as well as their parallel struggles. The present day story is about Roberta, who is thirty-four years old and lives a solitary life, whiling away her time working at The Old and New Bookshop. Her father comes to the bookstore one day to donate some old books that once belonged to Roberta’s grandmother. As...

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Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor
Aug12

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor

Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor One of the things I like most about being a part of the online writing community is the opportunity to see how other writers work. It’s especially fascinating when a writer posts a photo of her workspace. That’s how I felt while I was reading this book—like I was invited into Emily Dickinson’s private writing world. Words begin to jostle, then settle, in my mind; they play out before me as if already...

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Apr29

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

It’s rare to find a book I know I have to share, one which has a combination of story and words and character which pulls me in so deeply that it’s impossible to stop reading until the last page is turned. Some books I enjoy are more artistic and don’t draw a large readership, but the rare gems are the ones which are complex and have depth and still are accessible and enjoyable for many readers. My book recommendation this time is...

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The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
Nov12

The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill

The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill   I’ve always been fascinated by the stars. Although I can’t name nearly all the constellations, I love to pick out the ones I do know: the Big Dipper, Orion, Cassiopeia, the Little Dipper pivoting around its anchor point, the North Star. I love to watch the constellations shift their positions in the sky as the seasons change. This rhythm – seemingly steady, yet always surprising – is captured...

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The GNB October 3 Book Giveaway
Oct22

The GNB October 3 Book Giveaway

  Here at GreatNewBooks.org, it’s no secret that we love books. We’re excited to offer a special multi-book giveaway this week — three distinguished books by renowned authors, each vastly different from one another, in a wonderful opportunity to win a copy of your choice! Enter to win by filling out the form below … The 3 Books:   THE REPUBLIC OF IMAGINATION by Azar Nafisi A passionate hymn to the...

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Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway
Sep24

Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway

  Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Lois Leveen, author of the novel JULIET’S NURSE. Thanks to Lois and her publisher, Atria / Simon & Shuster, we have 5 copies of JULIET’S NURSE to give away to lucky readers at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Lois, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!   Author Lois...

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The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Jul23

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

  The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity The Chaperone by Laura Moriarity is a novel rich in characters, setting and plot. Cora Carlisle is a mild-mannered house wife living a safe life in the midwest. When the opportunity comes along to chaperone a young local girl to New York while she attends a prestigious dance school, Cora can’t resist the opportunity. Her own children, twin sons, are grown and headed off to college, therefore,...

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I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway
Apr30

I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway

Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Robin Oliveira, author of the novel I ALWAYS LOVED YOU. Thanks to Robin and her publisher, Viking, we have a copy of I ALWAYS LOVED YOU to give away to one lucky commenter at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Robin, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!   Author Robin Oliveira, on one of her...

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The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway
Mar12

The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway

Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Lucinda Riley, author of the novel, THE MIDNIGHT ROSE. Thanks to Lucinda and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, we have one copy of THE MIDNIGHT ROSE to give away to one lucky commenter at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Lucinda, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!   Author Lucinda...

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A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway
Mar05

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, a Favorite Read, and a Giveaway

  Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Susan Meissner, author of the novel FALL OF MARIGOLDS. Thanks to Susan, we have one autographed copy of FALL OF MARIGOLDS to give away! (Details below.) Thank you, Susan, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!   Author Susan Meissner, on one of her recent favorite books: And the Mountains Echoed by...

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