Nothing Else

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A masterpiece of emotional artistry, as spectacularly tender as it is disquieting, this book will stay with you long after you finish it. Heather and Harriet, six and nine years old respectively, are two little girls who have a special bond. As sisters, the love they share is pure…

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The Candy House

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟+ Myths and Fairy Tales. Consciousness. Escape. Redemption. Pathos. Eccentricity. Assimilation. A wildly beautiful book, this literary masterpiece - reminiscent in spirit and some thematic elements of the also-magnificent Kazuo Ishiguro- is both heartbreakingly tender and intensely thoughtful. While the reader can’t stop thinking about the momentousness of the themes…

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Lessons in Chemistry

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• How to describe a book that alternately, makes you laugh out loud, cringe at the no-holds-barred misogyny of the fifties, grieve and ache (when your heart’s not soaring with delighted wonder), and throughout it all, cheer with wild abandon for the main protagonist Elizabeth Zott (a mother, lover, Chemist,…

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One Italian Summer

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Any book that starts with a Lorelai Gilmore quote is destined to be a book that this reader will love. And so it was! Katy Silver, our first person POV narrator, is a thirty year-old freelance copywriter, married to Eric, a dorkily handsome Disney film executive, living in…

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Till Death We Do Part, Too

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A continuation of the author’s earlier work, this book picks up exactly where β€œTill Death We Do Part” left off. As our hero, Pablo, (our somewhat-reliable narrative voice), a smart, sensitive man, now in his late fifties, continues his struggle to accept his sudden and bitter divorce from Delilah,…

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Tasting Sunlight

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A quiet masterpiece, (in spirit somewhat reminiscent of Penny Haw’s brilliant #TheWildernessBetweenUs), set in a rural village deep in the vinelands of Germany, this is a story to be savored. As luminous as the first glimpse of a sudden and glorious sunrise, the slowly developing magic of this dazzling…

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Eighteen

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 + An absolutely beautiful read, this book resonated so powerfully with me that it was difficult to see it end. Deeply evocative, the author captures perfectly the heady rush that comes with being eighteen, on the cusp of adulthood - a time so jumbled up with innocence, heart-ache, yearnings,…

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