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Lucy Gayheart

One of Cather’s later novel — a short one. If you are a Cather fan I would describe this as a mix between “Song of the Lark” and “A Lost Lady.” Lucy is a girl full of spirit who goes to Chicago to study piano, and falls head over heels in love with a world-traveling […]

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The Widower’s Tale

Forced to become more interactive with his youngest daughter and his neighbors when he agrees to allow his long-deceased wife’s art studio be used as a childcare/school; seventy-year- old Percy Darling experiences an emotional renewal . He falls in love with a free-spirited 50ish artist who has adopted a toddler enrolled at the school. When […]

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The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

Highly enjoyable book! Written so the reader will like the majority of the characters, especially Willadee, the wife of Samuel Lake and Swan, his daughter. And really dislike the abusive like wife/animal/child beater –Ras Ballenger and egotistical, Bernice. Final page — theme of book? “And that’s the way things have gone from that day until […]

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Lowcountry Summer

I listened to this as audiobook. It is the sequel to “Plantation.” The reader was perfect in her southern accent—sometimes narrators can sound so fake when they try to speak with a southern accent, and it can be very distracting. It was an engaging story—plenty of laughter, tears and emotion. It would be what’s called […]

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Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sets out to prove she can write a blunt novel about race. Ms. Adichie, like her main character Ifemelu, a Nigerian blogger on race in the U.S., seemingly can get away with it because theirs is a foreign perspective. They can write truth without seeming too angry or activist–or to the extent […]

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The Tenth Circle

The book started fast and furious. A la usual Jodi Picoult, it didn’t take long for me to get hooked. However, about 2/3 of the way through the book changed location and everything got weird and disjointed. The resolution was abrupt and forced. If she had continued the book in the same way she started, […]

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