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The Witch Elm Tana French - 528 p.

The Witch Elm Tana French - 528 p.

Tana French’s newest, THE WITCH ELM, is an engrossing story about family, love, and loss, though it’s a book entirely unsuitable for the Hallmark channel. Some books haunt long after you shut the cover, walk away, vacuum, fold laundry and wash the dishes....

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Varina Charles Frazier - 368 p.

Varina Charles Frazier - 368 p.

In his fourth novel, Charles Frazier returns to familiar stomping grounds, the same ones he trod with such mastery in Cold Mountain—the South during the final days of the Civil War. VARINA centers on Varina Howell Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis, president of the...

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Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan’s CRAZY RICH ASIANS TRILOGY focuses on a segment of the uber-rich many of us in the U.S. have rarely thought about—the extremely wealthy Chinese and Southeast Asians. But that’s all changed now: rich Asians are very much part of our public...

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Harry’s Trees Jon Cohen - 428 p.

Harry’s Trees Jon Cohen - 428 p.

Comedy, tragedy, and magic join hands in HARRY’S TREES, a charming, if uneven, novel. Its appeal lies in the two main characters: Harry Crane, a middle-aged average-Joe kind of guy, and a cheeky, bossy nine-year-old named Oriana Jeffers. Both are in the throes...

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Clock Dance Anne Tyler - 304 p.

Clock Dance Anne Tyler - 304 p.

When I think of Anne Tyler, I think of Baltimore, Maryland. That’s where so many of her books are set, and it’s also the city Tyler calls home. CLOCK DANCE, however, begins in Lark City, Pennsylvania, where we meet Willa Drake at the age of eleven. Later the...

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The Mars Room Rachel Kushner - 352 p.

The Mars Room Rachel Kushner - 352 p.

In her first two novels, Rachel Kushner does what a good writer is supposed to do: she transports readers into a richly created world and into the complex minds of her characters—so thoroughly that we mesh with both the world and its inhabitants. Ditto THE MARS ROOM,...

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