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“American Philosophy: A Love Story” by John Kaag
“The Girl Before” by J.P. Delaney – a character driven whodunnit vaguely reminiscent of “Gone Girl”
“Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt – A wonderful children’s chapter book about friendship and differences
“Girl Walks Out of a Bar” by Lisa F. Smith – A dark but often comic memoir of career, ambition and friendship in the midst of severe addiction and eventual recovery.
“My Italian Bulldozer” by Alexander McCall Smith
Tuscany is meant to be slowly savored, as a writer discovers when his rental car becomes a rental bulldozer.
Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
May marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first Elephant and Piggie book. Check one out (my favorite is “We Are in a Book“) and read it aloud to a child you know!
“The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head” by Daisy Hirst (Picture Book).
An imaginative and somewhat introverted child copes with the emotions she experiences after her best friend moves away. This is a sweet story with simple illustrations that gently addresses the feelings of loss, and the process of making new friends.
“The Lost Order” by Steve Berry. The nonstop action in this page turner will keep you up past your bedtime!
“The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
“A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline
Historical fiction that imagines the story of Christina Olsen – the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s famous 1948 painting ‘Christina’s World.’ I can’t wait to visit the real place – and see some of the exhibits this year at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland – in celebration of what would have been Wyeth’s 100 birthday.
“The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir” by Jennifer Ryan. If you loved “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” you will certainly enjoy “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir.” Set in in the southeast of England during World War II, the story unfolds through the letters and journal entries of the women in the small village of Chilbury, who have been drawn together in the unconventional “ladies only choir.” Both laughter and tears abound as these women discover the power of music to comfort, heal, and empower.