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The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

I generally do not choose to read novels with a financial element; however, given that I heard such wonderful comments from others who have read it, I thought I would give it a try.  I am so HAPPY that I did!  Mandel expertly constructs a mesmerizing story that connects the lives of the book’s characters in strange but captivating ways.  We follow the main character, Vincent, as her life takes her from an isolated island in Vancouver, to a privileged life as the “wife” of the owner of a NYC brokering firm during the 2008 financial crisis.  Mandel’s prose--rich and hauntingly beautiful--softly carries us from the beginning of this compelling story to a very satisfying ending!  It’s by far one of the best books I’ve read this year!

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The Dakota Winters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062258212
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Published: Ecco - September 24th, 2019

Barbash has written a well-imagined and absorbing novel about the Winters family who reside in the iconic Dakota apartment building in NYC during the years 1979-1980.  I absolutely loved this book!  Along with members of the eccentric Winter family and a cast of famous characters, including a sea-going John Lennon (in an actual, re-imagined event), Ted and Joan Kennedy, and Johnny Carson, we are taken back to a critical time in American history.  I highly recommend this cleverly written, funny, endearing, and page-turning book to anyone looking for a wild ride back in time.

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ISBN: 9780802147127
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Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

Set in a small, declining town in the Midwest, this novel introduces us to the quirky and loveable residents of Greenstone, Minnesota.  The narrator, Virgil Wander, the owner of an old movie house, is a little “different” after recovering from a traumatic brain injury when his car “accidentally” plunged into the cold waters of Lake Superior. Navigating his life afterwards has been a struggle in remembering his past, along with some basic language skills.  With a touch of “magical” realism and genius prose, Engers delivers a story about rebuilding lives, friendship, family, and love.  The characters in this novel will steal your heart!  I was constantly reminded while reading this book, that human kindness and decency is still out there.  Look no further than the rough and rocky shores of Lake Superior!  I had a smile on my face the entire time I was writing this review.  It is that good!

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City of Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452295292
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2009

I’ve had a shelf talker by this book since we opened and it’s time that I put it front
and center! Seriously, if you have not read this book, and love great fiction, then
this won’t disappoint. Set during the Nazis’ siege of Leningrad, this novel follows
the impossible mission of a young Jewish boy, Lev. During war, people will do
anything to survive and Lev is no exception—he wants to live! Written with such
clarity and depth, you will feel like you are front and center in Lev’s mission to
survive. This is one terrific book and hands-down one of the best books I’ve ever

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ISBN: 9780316070638
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2009

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction. This is a story of the history of Dracula (Vlad the Impaler--and let me be clear, it is NOT another “campy” vampire book.) The historical research and significance in itself is amazing! I loved Kostova’s beautiful language and descriptions of Eastern Europe. It is a suspenseful and well-developed thriller and one that I could not put down! Is it possible that Dracula actually existed and still roams? After you have finished reading this, you just might think he does!

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981117
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 25th, 2010

This is one “delicious” memoir from the editor of Gourmet magazine. I found it be surprisingly enjoyable and very readable. She writes with such wonderful wit and humor. The book chronicles her food experiences from early childhood, starting with meals prepared by her manic-depressive mother who would use dangerously expired foods when cooking, through her college years, travels, life-changing food experiences, and marriage. This is truly one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Even if food writing is not your thing, this book is so much more than that! Go ahead and pick this up—I promise it will bring a smile to your face!!