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Joined May 2016

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Celestial Bodies | Johka Alharthi
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I stopped at the library on my way home from work! Never fails to make my day a little brighter.

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The Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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This audiobook is great fun. The three narrators are all excellent, which is a relief. I tend to stay away from audiobooks that alternate narrators because there is usually one that annoys me. The mystery of a posh house and the family that lived there is well plotted and the characters are well developed. I listened to most of it while shoveling snow, and the story made the work enjoyable.

Twainy Oooo! This was a November BOTM choice for me! I really want to pick it up but I‘ve got 8 more weeks wait on my OverDrive audiobook hold list. A lot of the time I will pick up the book/Paperwhite to supplement the audio but hearing the audio is great ... well I‘ll impatiently wait. 😁 Thank you! 1w
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I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, but I loved Olive Again. Most contemporary novels with elderly protagonists are too sentimental and cloying. I love Olive and her honesty. Strout does not shy away from Olive‘s faults or from her struggles with an aging body. This is a beautiful book.

Thousand-Lives Completely agree. I loved this too. 1w
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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I have taught Frankenstein, so this book was intriguing. The story switches viewpoints from Mary Shelley writing her novel to a character named Ry, a doctor, who is exploring the development of artificial intelligence and robotics. I would have liked more character development, but the story is engaging. It raises more questions about its subject than it answers, and I love books that give me more to think about.

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10:04: A Novel | Ben Lerner
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I wasn‘t crazy about Lerner‘s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, but I liked his writing enough to try this one. His characterization of the narrator is excellent, but some of the secondary characters seem rather interchangeable. The structure is a little too Writing Workshop, but his sentences are interesting. Overall, I enjoyed the novel even if I didn‘t like the characters or the structure. It gave me something to think about.

BarbaraBB Good to know. I have this on my shelves. 1mo
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The Institute | Stephen King
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I love Stephen King. His writing has some flaws, but he knows how to tell a solid story and build a world that envelops you. The Institute runs experiments on children, and the mystery isn‘t where the children‘s abilities come from, but why adults would consent to do such evil things. The ending seems to be setting up a sequel or a series. If so, I will be there for the next book.

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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I am looking forward to this one!

Branwen I liked this one a lot! 1mo
readordierachel It sounds great! 1mo
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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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I haven‘t been posting because my app has been acting up, but I wanted to share that my friend and I went to see Elizabeth Strout! She gave a talk and signed books in a town about an hour away. I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, but I loved Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout was absolutely delightful. If you have a chance to see her, you should!

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Good Morning, Midnight | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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Sunday shopping at one of my favorite independent bookstores!

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I finished the second season of Mindhunter, and I found this title in a list of “If You Like Mindhunter” books. This is an older book, and it shows. The author has rather ancient attitudes toward homosexuality, and I was appalled at his reference to the Central Park Jogger case. I hope that the author has since adjusted his views.The bulk of the book is a fascinating look at the study of serial killers - what drives them and how to find them.

AmyG I loved season 2. And your cat is a beauty! (edited) 3mo
Bookboss @AmyG Thank you! He‘s a good boy! 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Excellent story told over decades about a reform school in Florida and the racism of the South. The characters are well-drawn and the plot is structured in a way to heighten suspense. I loved Elwood and his struggle for justice in the face of racial injustice. The narrator of the audio version does a fabulous job differentiating the characters and infusing emotion into the narrative.

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The Chrysalids | John Wyndham
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A great day at the bookstore! I love the New York Review Books editions.

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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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I am so excited by my book haul from one of my favorite independent bookstores!

Leftcoastzen The Bluest Eye is such a powerful book! 3mo
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I reread my old college copy of this classic because I decided to teach it this year. I went through a Russian Literature period in my teens and burned through most of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. I hope to inspire the same interest in my students. The struggles with conscience and morality are still relevant. I would like to read some other translations of this work for comparison.

tpixie Awesome! Hope the students love it!!! 3mo
Leftcoastzen I always remembered this Bantam classic cover. 3mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Kate Atkinson‘s novels have become instant buys for me. I adore Jackson Brody, and I was delighted to spend time with him again after so many years. I wish I had the time to reread all of the Brody novels in order, but perhaps I will just watch the BBC series starring Jason Isaacs.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I just picked up the audio CDs for this one today from the library! 4mo
Victoria_Clyne Kate Atkinson is an auto buy for me. But I haven't started this series yet. 4mo
CarolynM ❤️ 4mo
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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I visited one of my favorite independent bookstores this afternoon! I have read Homegoing and Purple Hibiscus, but I read library copies. I decided these needed to go on my bookshelf!

bromeliad Great haul! 4mo
irre I too got Homegoing from the library but decided I needed to buy a copy after reading. One of my all time favorites. 4mo
Lisa0223 I also purchased my own personal copy of Homegoing after listening to it. It‘s now one of my favorites 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4mo
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The Need | Helen Phillips
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This propulsive story started as a thriller about an young mother alone with her children when an intruder enters the house. It takes a few twists and turns and becomes a book about the demands of motherhood. My children are grown, but I viscerally remember every emotion and experience that Phillips describes about parenting young children. This book defies categorization- thriller, science fiction, literary fiction? It‘s just good.

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Cari Mora | Thomas Harris
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I enjoyed several of Thomas Harris‘s previous novels, and I was eager to pick up his newest work. Two rival criminal gangs are trying to get at a treasure locked underneath an abandoned mansion. I am not a big fan of heist stories, but the central character of Cari, the house-sitter, redeemed this book for me. The criminals, even the most monstrous of them, were not very interesting. Cari has a fascinating backstory and a compelling personality.

brit91 Beautiful cat!😻😻 4mo
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Devastating novel about the intense pain and pleasure of life. The narrator works at making sense of his abusive mother, his sexuality, racism, the opioid crisis, and grief. If reading about these topics bothers you, be cautious picking up this one. The structure is a bit disjointed, but the images and the narrator‘s voice will stay with me.

sprainedbrain Great review of a great book! 4mo
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The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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I recommend clearing your calendar before picking up this book so you can read it in one go. I had a difficult time putting it down to get things done. A kidnapping chain demands not only a ransom, but that the parents kidnap another child before their own is released. This thriller doesn‘t just provide thrills, but asks you to wrestle with a moral dilemma. What would you do if you were caught in the chain?

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Vessel: A Novel | Lisa A. Nichols
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I raced through this story of a woman astronaut who returns to Earth as the sole survivor of her mission to another planet. She has no memory of what happened to the crew. I wanted to see what the author was going to do with this premise. I would have liked more exploration of the characters, and I found the story predictable. I suspect that this is the first in a series, but although it was entertaining, I‘m not desperate to read the next book.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Bummer it was predictable- sounds like an interesting premise 5mo
Bookboss Well, I have read a great deal of science fiction. If you are new to the genre, it might seem fresher. 5mo
rretzler 😻 5mo
Severnmeadows It reminds me of Sandra Bullock in Gravity. Great film! 5mo
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The Word Is Murder | Anthony Horowitz
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This novel is told from the first person viewpoint of Anthony Horowitz. He refers to his previous work, his agent, and his family. I am curious if his family is onboard with this structure. Horowitz is partnered with a detective to write the story of his murder investigation. His detective, Hawthorne, is repulsive yet interesting. I had a delightful few hours reading, and I intend to read the next book in the series.

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The Waiter | Matias Faldbakken
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Faldbakken is a Norwegian author. His novel follows a waiter who works in an old fancy restaurant. It really doesn‘t have a compelling plot, but it explores the eccentricities of the customers and the waiter himself. The setting and characters are well done and entertaining, but it may not be for you if you require a well designed plot.

mreads 😻 5mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser Love your pussy cat xx 5mo
Bookboss He is a good boy. 5mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I loved Crouch‘s Dark Matter, so I jumped on the hold list for this book. The premise is intriguing and I flew through the first half. The second half is a bit repetitive and I got bogged down. Overall the characters were interesting, but not as rounded out as I would have liked. Still, this is an ambitious book on the nature of memory filled with action and twists. I look forward to Crouch‘s next work.

Lillie Agree! Loved Dark Matter and was hoping I'd feel the same about this one. Don't get me wrong, really enjoyed this one. But the second half seemed to be on fast forward. I would've liked a bit more depth. Also looking forward to Blake Crouch's next book. 5mo
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The River | Peter Heller
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I listened to this while on vacation in Northern Michigan. It was the perfect wilderness adventure story to accompany me on my runs on tree-lined trails and along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two young men on a canoe trip encounter a forest fire and a possible murderer. The characters are well-shaped and the suspense drives you along. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion without overdoing it. Excellent.

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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Absolutely fabulous collection of stories! Some of them have been published elsewhere, but a few more of them are new to this collection. I honestly enjoyed each one.

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Cari Mora | Thomas Harris
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I love visiting independent bookstores while on vacation! Good thing we are driving, not flying!

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Visited an adorable independent bookstore today! I found two books that I heard recommended on podcasts lately!

Ruthiella Bookish serendipity!😀 5mo
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I had to download three separate files for this entire book - a total of 56 hours! I loved this volume in the epic biography of Lyndon B Johnson. Caro doesn‘t just follow LBJ‘s path, he gives a history of the senate. Caro is expert at giving not only the actions of his subject, but the complete context of his actions - historical, psychological, social, and political. I am taking a break before starting the next volume, but I look forward to it!

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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The subtitle says ”a novel” but this reads more like interconnected short stories. I have read many of the great Russian novels, but little set in present day. Set on a peninsula of Russia, this book offered a fascinating study of those moments in life when everything changes: the one bad decision, the moment of inattention, the one fit of temper that can alter life forever. The characters could have been more well defined, but an excellent book.

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The Doomsday Book | Connie Willis
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I don‘t know why I waited so long to read Connie Willis. The Doomsday Book is one of her Oxford Time Travel books. A group of Oxford historians use time travel to research the past. This novel sees a young historian travel to the 1300s. The point of view switches between the historian in the present to the historian in medieval time. The novel is long and sometimes repetitive, but I found it absorbing and compelling.

BkClubCare Yay! On my list. I always get distracted by this not being the usual book to start by this author. But I ❤️ the premise. (edited) 6mo
Lady_Tigana_20 One of my favorites is her Lincoln‘s Dreams. I also read this one and To Say Nothing of the Dog. I definitely need to read more of her work. 6mo
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I enjoy Bogel‘s podcast, “What Should I Read Next?”
This is a collection of short essays on Bogel‘s reading life. Most of what is covered in the book Bogel has talked about on her podcast, so nothing much new here. Still, reading this collection was a pleasant enough way to spend a relaxing hour or two after a stressful day at work.

suvata Great book 6mo
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Excellent, thorough account of the British Government in the last days of May 1940. Lukacs‘s argument is that although the decisions made during these days did not win WWII for Britain, they were crucial in keeping them from losing the war. Churchill is endlessly fascinating. This was a re-read for me, and just as good the second time.

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I am still undecided about this series. So many people have encouraged me to read at least until the fourth book, because they say that is when the books really take off. I like Inspector Gamache and the setting, but I find the plots predictable and the residents of Three Pines one dimensional. Do I continue?

ShyBookOwl Personally, I don't think it should take 4 books to get going 🤷🏽‍♀️ life's too short for books you don't LOVE 6mo
JamieArc If you aren‘t in love with the characters or setting enough now, you probably won‘t be. I love this series, but I never read them for the storyline. 6mo
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A great day at the library! I‘d Rather Be Reading, Giovanni‘s Room, Books For Living, In The Wolf‘s Mouth, and Disappearing Earth all available!

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The Huntress | Kate Quinn
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Although the plot was predictable, I enjoyed the story. The story was told from three viewpoints in different timelines that converged at the end. As with most multiple viewpoints, I preferred two and rushed through the third, which slowed down the action. It really should have been its own book. The characters were interesting, although at times the dialogue seemed a bit modern for a story that takes place during WWII to 1950. A pleasant read.

marleed I really liked this book. But I get what you mean about placing a 2019 mindset in a 1940s character. I felt that way in the tv version of outlander. A woman from the 1940s went back in time not a woman from the 2010s! 6mo
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Picnic at Hanging Rock | Joan Lindsay
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The story begins with the disappearance of three students and a teacher from the picnic at Hanging Rock. The author explores the aftermath of the incident and its effect on the individuals and the society rather than trying to solve the mystery. This is not a book for those readers who crave a neat and tidy resolution. I loved it.

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too! 7mo
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Alice's Island: A Novel | Daniel Snchez Arvalo
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Alice has a six year old daughter and is pregnant with her second when her husband dies. She discovers that he was hiding a part of his life from her, and she decides to investigate his movements of the past few years. While the beginning of the novel was compelling, Alice kept making so many bizarrely bad choices that my suspension of disbelief began to crack. I had a difficult time buying the ending. Perhaps I have read too many thrillers.

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Alice's Island: A Novel | Daniel Snchez Arvalo
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All my library holds came in! I need to read the next Louise Penny. Liberty talked about Alice‘s Island on All the Books, and I read a great review (WSJ or NYT) of The Huntress. I need to finish one of the four books I am currently reading before I start another!

tammysue Fab haul! 🙌🏻 7mo
Suet624 Such pressure!!! 😂 7mo
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I cannot stop thinking about Endgame, so I put down my novels. I like Captain Marvel, but I love Hawkeye, and he appears prominently in these stories. I need to see Endgame again.

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Fatal Grace | Louise Penny
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I flew through the second book in Penny‘s series. I switched between listening to the audio and reading the paperback from the library. I am enjoying the characters and the wold that Penny is building, but I knew the identity of the killer from the start. I will continue reading the series since everyone keeps telling me that the books get better, especially after book four.

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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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After seeing the trailer for the new Star Wars movie, I needed to get back in that world. This book looks at the events of the first trilogy through the viewpoint of two friends who became Imperial officers. Although the two are falling in love, at the same time they are coming to different conclusions about the legitimacy of the Empire they serve. The new characters are well developed, and the brushes with Leia, Luke, and Han are delightful.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I listened to the audio of this novel on my spring break road trip. It was a perfect choice. I was engaged with the story of a woman found guilty of murdering her husband, but committed to a hospital because she is also found to be mentally ill. The audio has two narrators: a woman reads the patient‘s diary entries leading up to the murder, and a man reads the chapters that follow her psychotherapist. Excellent all around.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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The chapters alternate between the mid-80s and 2015. The 80s chapters follow Yale, who lives in Chicago as the AIDS crisis is raging. The 2015 chapters follow Fiona, a friend of Yale‘s, as she searches for her grown daughter in Paris. The novel is beautifully structured and the characters are vibrant and alive. The timelines inform each other and weave together at the end. I loved it.

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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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At first I was disappointed to realize that this was not another Aaron Falk novel. I loved Harper‘s previous two books featuring Falk, and I had been looking forward to spending time with him. I quickly got over my disappointment, and became entranced by this story of the outback. The conditions are unforgiving, and sometimes so are the inhabitants. The narrator is excellent, and the mystery is good. The characters drive the story, not the plot.

MallenNC I didn't listen to the audiobook but everything else in your review was the same for me. I wanted it to be an Aaron Faulk book but this stand alone tuned out to be just as good. 8mo
Redwritinghood Sounds great. Just got this audiobook from my library. 8mo
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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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My son moved to a city about 90 minutes away. He was excited for us to visit so he could take me to the independent bookstore near his apartment. I absolutely love it!

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Until we have heard the story of each person who was hurt or killed in the Holocaust, we have not heard enough stories. We must always remember. This is a heartbreaking, fascinating story of suffering and survival. I wish the author was more adept at writing prose, but still the story is important.

tammysue 🖤 9mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I love my library!

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Louise Penny has been on my TBR for several years. A few weeks ago I heard her discussed on a podcast, a colleague went to see her on book tour, and my boss recommended her book series. Sometimes you need a push to pick up a book, and sometimes you need three pushes. I am glad I read this. I have some quibbles with the style and characterization, but friends have assured me that the series gets better, and Penny‘s skill gets sharper.

Laura317 This is such a great series! Your friends are right - she gets better snd better. 9mo
CarolynM Love this series. It really does keep getting better, at least as far as I've got (the first 7) 9mo
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I loved the premise. In the 1950‘s, a meteorite hits the Earth. The impact causes widespread destruction, and scientists discover that it is also an extinction event. Women who were WASPS in the war, and computers in the early space program step forward to save humanity. The author tackles misogyny, racism, climate change, and refugees. While I agree with her viewpoints, at times I felt she was heavy-handed and trying too hard. Entertaining.