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The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

The Impossible Fortress is an absolute delight! If you grew up in the 1980s or if you just long for a time when life was simpler and sweeter, this novel is for you. The nostalgia alone had me smiling from beginning to end. Who doesn’t remember perusing the cassette tapes at Musicland or Sam Goody, or watching John Hughes movies?…

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The Nix by Nathan Hill

First time author, Nathan Hill could not have chosen a better year to have his debut novel published- an election year. At heart, The Nix is the story of the relationship between a mother, Faye and her college professor son, Samuel. The book begins when Samuel learns his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in twenty years, has publicly assaulted a…

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Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

If you’re looking for the new The Girl on the Train, this is it! A wonderful suspense novel about thirteen-year-old, Julie who is kidnapped from her bedroom at knife point. The only witness is her younger sister who is hiding in the closet. Although Julie’s family is deeply traumatized by the event, they manage to stay together and find a…

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Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

2016 has been The-Year-of-the-Memoir for me. I have been reading them like crazy. While I did not watch Gilmore Girls, I did watch Parenthood faithfully and became a huge fan of Lauren Graham. Lauren just seems like a woman I would have all kinds of fun with. After reading her new collection of essays, my suspicions were confirmed. This is…

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American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

To members of my generation, the name Patty Hearst rings all kinds of bells. She is the granddaughter of one of the richest men the world has ever known, William Randolph Hearst. She is also the subject of one of the most famous photos ever taken. Patty is the poster child for Stockholm Syndrome and of course, one of the…

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Don’t let the title fool you. While this incredible novel takes place in Russia, it is set entirely in the Grand Hotel Metropol. A Gentleman in Moscow is the story of Count Alexander Rostov who is found guilty by the state of being an aristocrat, a crime for which he is sentenced to house arrest in the famous hotel across…

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Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch

A writer in his declining years, Mr. M was once celebrated for his fictionalized novel about a true crime. His account told the story of a history teacher who goes missing one winter evening, and the two teenagers who became suspects in his disappearance. Now Mr. M’s career is all but gone and his personal life seems to be an…

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Here’s a book for all the fans of The Good Girl. A novel about a marriage so perfect it’s absolutely frightening. Jack and Grace are newlyweds who do everything together. In fact, Grace never seems to do anything on her own. She’s given up her job, her friends, her cell phone and her free will just to make her husband…

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

The two Leslies are big fans of Liane Moriarty’s books. We both read this one and agreed that she has once again knocked one out of the park. Truly Madly Guilty tells the story of 3 couples whose lives become forever changed by one impromptu barbecue. It also follows the history behind the complicated lifelong friendship between Clementine and Erika….

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Maximum Security Book Club by Mikita Brottman

If you ever doubted the power of a book to help a person escape their own reality, you won’t after reading The Maximum Security Book Club. The author is a college literature professor who started a classics book club at the Jessup Correctional Institution outside of Baltimore three years ago. Through her ability with words, Brottman makes you feel a…

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