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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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My Ex-Life Stephen McCauley - 336 p.

My Ex-Life Stephen McCauley - 336 p.

Stephen McCauley’s characters get a chance at new life in his funny, incisive new novel. The story’s three main players are unsettled and out-of-joint—David Hedges, a gay man, whose San Francisco apartment is being sold out from under him; Julie Fiske, a...

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Winter Sisters Robin Oliveira - 416 p.

Winter Sisters Robin Oliveira - 416 p.

Though this historical suspense novel is set in 1879, in many ways it seems relevant to today’s #Me Too movement. I was dumbfounded to learn that the age of consent for females in New York State was ten years old at that time. Also eye-opening was how poorly the...

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A Column of Fire Ken Follett - 928 p.

A Column of Fire Ken Follett - 928 p.

My father bought me Pillars of the Earth when I was twenty-two. I winced at the thought of the investment; both his and mine—it was a thousand pages long. But Dad was a salesman and did his thing, so I went for it, and Follett became one of my favorite authors. I...

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Alternate Side Anna Quindlen - 304 p.

Alternate Side Anna Quindlen - 304 p.

Marriage is like a den—it’s “not the most important room in the house”—says a minor character in ALTERNATE SIDE. The character may be minor (and unmarried), but her pronouncement is a major thematic concern in Anna Quindlen’s latest novel. Nora...

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The Good Liar Catherine McKenzie - 380 p.

The Good Liar Catherine McKenzie - 380 p.

In her latest, THE GOOD LIAR, Catherine McKenzie demonstrates the same strong handle of suspense narratives that readers enjoyed in Fractured and Smoke. The story is told from intertwining perspectives, though the bulk of the pages follow the strong and relatable...

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