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The Nightingale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312577223
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 3rd, 2015

In what is her best novel to date, Kristin Hannah tells the story of two sisters struggling to exist in occupied Paris during WWII. Impetuous, impulsive Isabella works in the Underground, boldly aiding the Allies under the code name The Nightingale. Calm, sensible Viann, whose husband is fighting on the Eastern front, remains at home with her daughter, facing the daily struggle of wartime existence. Her house is .... by two different German soldiers, both of whom have lasting consequences. The horrors of this war, the atrocities both in Paris and in the concentration camps are superbly described by Hannah. She has put a fresh twist on this subject, placing in the hands of the reader a riveting, compulsive read. Book clubs will find much to discuss. Highly recommended.

All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Exquisitely written, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr raises the bar for all future World War II novels. The stories of young, blind Parisian Marie-Laure and Werner, a rising star in Hitler's youth corp, are told in concise alternating chapters with tight yet beautiful prose. As the war intensifies, their stories intertwine as the distance between them grows shorter and shorter. Marie-Laure and Werner are such authentic characters, the pacing so perfect, and the story-telling so engrossing that this novel will surely rise to the top of "The Best Books of 2014" lists. Highly recommended.

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ISBN: 9780802126894
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Simply put, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter is One.  Powerful.  Book!   Not since Elie Wiesel’s Night have we been brought face to face with the very mortality of the world we live in.  Set in the future, after a vague flooding catastrophe, the narrator tells of giving birth to her son, Z and losing R, her husband, when they are forced to flee their home.  It’s a story of love, challenge, despair, but most of all, hope.  Every elected  politician should read this book!  Pub date:  Nov 2017

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Almost Missed You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250107602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 28th, 2017


Serendipity brought Violet and Finn together but what appears to be a dream-come-true marriage quickly turns into a nightmare when Finn kidnaps their young son, Bear.  Violet is devastated.  When the missing pair is located, Finn’s shocking story is slowly exposed.  With each eye-opening revelation, Violet realizes she knows almost nothing about the real person she married.  Pure and simple, Almost Missed You is one darn good story, one not to be missed!

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Beartown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160769
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Published: Atria Books - April 25th, 2017

     SCOOORE!!!  Rarely is an author able to maintain the high level of excellence when his first book (A Man Called Ove) set the bar so high.  Fredrick Backman is a shining exception.  His new book, Beartown, tells of a small town that is completely obsessed with hockey, so focused on the sport that nothing, not even a young girl’s life, seems more important.  Peopled with unforgettable high school students, their parents, and the “Club” that supports them, this spellbinding book will score with readers, whether they’re sports fanatics or not.*  Highly recommended!!

*We can only hope that there’s an overtime, a sequel, to this story!

Nancy Simpson-Brice

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ISBN: 9780062469687
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Published: Ecco Press - March 7th, 2017


Every bullied boy grows up to be a man, often bearing the scars and ramifications of that abuse.  Nickolas Butler employs the venerable Boy Scouts of America to follow three generations of boys and men through this cycle.  First is the Bugler, Nelson, who is bullied unmercifully every year at summer camp.  (Warning:  some antics of these boys could make you gag!).  Years pass, and Jonathan, one of Bugler's tormentors, has grown up.  He fathers Trevor, who is also an abused Boy Scout.  It is Trevor’s story that reveals the all-important father/son facet of THE HEARTS OF MEN.  A nail-biting conclusion is the perfect ending for this astute, redemptive novel.  Every father, mother, son and daughter in America should read this wonderful book!

Nancy Simpson-Brice