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The Redhead By The Side Of The Road
by Anne Tyler

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Kindle Immersion Read - Anne Tyler’s books are like old friends that last through the ages. Such a friendly atmosphere resonating with everyone who reaches for her novels. This latest work is sweet, short, refreshing, and CLEAN. We meet a host of characters each with their own distinct personalities. While Micah reminded me of a young ‘Ove’, his siblings and their family gatherings are a theatrical ruckus experience with laughter and chaos. How is it possible they grew up in the same house with the same parents? Cass is a fourth-grade school teacher whose three-year relationship with Micah may have reached its expiration . . . or has it? And Brink, the son of Micah’s college sweetheart who wants to believe Micah is his biological father. But how is that even possible? Micah, a.k.a., the Tech Hermit, is self-employed, fixes people’s computers, and lives in the basement of his apartment building rent-free in exchange for taking on the responsibilities as the building supervisor. The 'Redhead by the Side of the Road' fools Micah every morning whilst he engages in his running ritual in Baltimore. Could it be his eyesight? You’ll have to read the book to discover the meaning of this rather strange title. Enjoy!

Cottage By The Sea Debbie Macomber
by Debbie Macomber

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I just Love Debbie Macomber books. Such a great story about rising from tragedy. And Love any story with an Ocean as the back drop. Another book that I couldn’t put down.

Tidewater Inn By Colleen Coble
by Colleen Coble

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This book was a great read. The story is one that many people will be familiar with except for the abduction part. The narrator does an excellent job with both female and male characters. You kinda want to visit this Inn.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell By Nadia Hashimi
by Nadia Hashimi

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My girlfriends and I chose this as our first book club read for the spring. WOW! It was extremely eye opening into a culture that rarely gets spoke about. The history, language and sexism is beyond engaging. But Nadia does an amazing job of twisting two major characters perspectives back in forth throughout the entire book which has her readers on the edge of their seat waiting to see what will happen next.

I’ll Give You The Sun
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This book was so beautifully written. I loved how it alternated between the twins and points in time and gave glimpses into what was happening, though you never had the full picture until the end.

Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

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The book was very enlightening and beautifully showed the relationship between Susie and others and how her death changed the people still alive, and how she looked over them. It can be quite jarring at times, but over a wonderfully crafted book.

A Gilded Lady
by Elizabeth Camden

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This author writes historical novels with depth . This particular book is placed during the McKinley presidency and his assassination. It describes the beginnings of an effective Secret Service. It was over sixty years before another president was killed. The fashions and character of the period are really interesting. In my opinion it does help to read The Spice King first. Same basic family. But it is written to stand alone.

The Extraordinary Education Of Nicholas Benedict
by Trenton Lee Stewart Books

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Great book! I love this series, its so amazing!! I think every kid should read the series, because of how capturing it is. I could pick up the book and read it for HOURS.

The Wide Window A Series Of Unfortunate Events #3
by Lemony Snicket

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I have always loved how even the children's books of the UK follow the same pattern that has worked so well for many of the best loved mystery writer's in the world of literature. It turns out that Americans can do it too as the author of this series of book writing under the pen name of Daniel Handler, proves.As in all Lemony Snicket books, the Baudelaire children must stay away from the evil Count Olaf who is a master of disguise as far as everyone but the children are concerned so that one day they will be able to inherit the massive fortune left to them after the demise of their parents. If you've read one, you've read them all but my 10 year old granddaughter was fascinated as we listened to it, provoking some great conversations about the similiarities and differences between it and the Netflix series by the same name, A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Parachutes
by Kelly Yang

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This is a hard book for me to rate. On the one hand, I think this book is incredibly important. It touches on issues that are timely from a lens that I was completely unaware of. I also recognize, after reading the author's note, that many of the issues in this book are close to the author and her experience, and I can only commend her for her bravery in writing this book to help others. On the other hand, this book tried to do TOO MUCH and even almost 500 pages could not bring any semblance of depth to all of the situations the main characters encountered and lived. The book follows dual protagonists, Dani, a Filipino American debater, and Claire, a Chinese "parachute" student sent to an American school in order to avoid the shame of failing in a Chinese school. Since Dani's family is so poor, they offer a room for rent to Claire as she attends Dani's school. The ensuing 400+ pages explore sexism, racism, classism, poverty, coming out, infidelity, homesickness, and, most importantly, rape and sexual assault. Unfortunately, the book handles most of these quite poorly. The cast of characters is so immense that we spend very little page time with anyone who is not our main leads, and even then, those two girls were so under-developed that I found myself more than once forgetting which one was speaking at any given time. Many of the subplots were dealt with superficially and seemed like an afterthought to squeeze one more issue into the book. There were so many extraneous details that contributed nothing to the flow of the story or the advancement of the plot. And the writing was very cool and detached, so much so that even in very harrowing and emotional situations, I felt no attachment to the character's plight.The writing style seemed almost like it was geared toward a younger audience with its sparse prose and tendency to tell, not show. I am very disappointed to have negative things to say because I have the utmost respect for Kelly Yang, whose middle grade novel Front Desk was phenomenal. I just think this book missed the mark in more ways than one. However, I am granting it three stars because its content is relevant and important and I did want to keep reading.


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