Posted on: January 19, 2017

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

by Elena Ferrante

The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow — and as th...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War

by Helen Simonson

Arriving in the village of Rye, England, in 1914, Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good family, becomes the first female teacher of Latin at the local school and falls in love with her sponsor's nephew.

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

The State We're In: Maine Stories

The State We're In

by Ann Beattie
An award-winning short story master presents a collection of new, linked tales that impart the diverse perspectives of women orbiting around a disaffected teen who is staying with relatives while attending summer school....read more...

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

The Marriage of Opposites

The Marriage of Opposites

by Alice Hoffman
Dreaming of an exotic life in Paris while coming of age in a St. Thomas refugee community, young Rachel is forced to marry a widower before falling scandalously in love and becoming the mother of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro....read more...

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Posted on: September 14, 2016

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

by Colm Tóibín
Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tóibín's superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable, and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the m......read more...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

The Residence

by Kate Andersen Brower
An intimate account of White House life from the perspectives of the service staff from the Kennedys through the Obamas details their friendships, marriages, everyday activities, and elaborate state dinners....read more...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dimestore: A Memoir

Dimestore

by Lee Smith

In her first work of nonfiction, an author recounts her early days in the small coal town of Grundy, Virginia — and beyond.

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Three Strong Women

Three Strong Women

by Marie NDiaye; translated by John Fletcher
The U.S. release of a Prix Goncourt-winning novel follows the intertwined stories of three women who discover the power of saying no, including a French-born lawyer who must save a victim of her tyrannical fat......read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Euphoria

Euphoria

by Lily King
Frustrated by his research efforts and depressed over the death of his brothers, Andre Banson runs into two fellow anthropologists, a married couple, in 1930s New Guinea and begins a tumultuous relationship with them....read more...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

A Strangeness in My Mind

A Strangeness in My Mind

by Orhan Pamuk
Selling Turkish spirits on the street and dreaming of becoming rich in a rapidly developing Istanbul, street youth Melvut Karatas elopes with the wrong woman and builds a family over decades marked by a series of dead-end jobs and an endur......read more...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

by Judith HooperReviewed by Linda:In Amherst author Judith Hooper’s fascinating work of historical fiction it wasn’t hysteria that kept the brilliant Alice James trapped in bed. Sister to the famous writer Henry and psychologist William, she suffered ......read more...

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Posted on: February 17, 2016

Deep South

Deep South

by Paul Theroux
One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked. Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folkl......read more...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

Delicious

Delicious

by Ruth Reichl
Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a ......read more...

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Posted on: December 24, 2015

The Hilltop

The Hilltop

by Assaf Gavron
Life in a West Bank settlement from one of Israel's most acclaimed young novelists, skewering the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel, the West Bank settlers, and the nation's relationship to the United States....read more...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Dear Life

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Some Luck

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