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Decline and Fall  Hillbilly Elegy Shanghai Girls
Magpie Murders Howl's Moving Castle She Persisted 
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore The Hate U Give Saints for all Occaisions Book Cover
The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
“Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See 
Two beautiful sisters, living the high life in pre-WWII China, suddenly find their family ruined and themselves sold off as brides to men living in the United States just as the Japanese invade China. They flee China, reluctantly, to join their husbands only to face more hardships and prejudice in America. Beautifully written, historically accurate.
“Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz
This book is dedicated to all lovers of mysteries, nodding as it does to crime writing’s golden age as well as modern authors. An editor starts reading her star author’s newest book in a popular series expecting nothing more than a best seller for her company. Instead she is drawn into layers of intrigue and death. It’s also a wonderful audio book as well.
“Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne Jones
“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
“Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance
Two very different books, the first one fiction, the second non-fiction, but both are particularly relevant to events occurring in our country at this time in history. Even though “The Hate U Give” was written for a young adult audience, I highly recommend it for adults. The young woman’s voice in this book is so unique and true and the violence that she experiences is something everyone should understand and think about.
“She Persisted; 13 American Women Who Changed the World” by Chelsea Clinton
“Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan.
Crazy, zany techie bibliophile underworld secret society adventure! A pure joy ride.  I can absolutely envision this being turned into a movie and when it is, I’m going to be first in line to see it.
“Saints for all Occasions” by J. Courtney Sullivan
Combine a large family of Irish immigrants from Dorchester and Hull, stir in two sisters with a big secret, season with a little alcohol and ask a skilled author to whip it all together—it’s a recipe for a riveting end-of-summer read. J. Courtney Sullivan, the author of Maine, has concocted another unforgettable novel — a multi-layered, generational story told well. Two sisters share a secret that forces them to break their bond of sisterhood and affects relationships among the children that follow. It all ended too soon. I wanted the story to continue…. Book discussion groups, this is a book for you—you’ll find lots of food for thought!

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