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"Our Souls at Night"

my take: I read this slim, quiet novel in two doses. It’s the tender love story of two aging, widowed …

"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

my take: I read this shortly after I read Station Eleven, so at first it seemed like another post-apocolyptic story, …

"All My Puny Sorrows"

my take: Sometimes one picks a book by the reviews on the front covers – this is one of those …

"Fates and Furies"

my take: The title and the cover design give great clues about this read: it’s a wild ride. The Fates …

"Big Magic"

my take: This is a celebration of CREATIVITY based on the idea that we humans are made to make – …

"The Things They Carried"

my take: Written in pseudo-memoir style, this novel reads like a collection of short stories, and after listening to the …

"My Brilliant Friend"

my take: A tale of two young girls in 1950’s Naples in a rough neighborhood of poverty, violence, and secrets. …

"MWF Seeks BFF"

my take: One of my life skills classes is about friendship – which is a more universal relationship talk for …

"Daring Greatly"

my take: I also read I Thought it was Just Me and The Gift of Imperfection by BrenĂ© Brown this …

"The Vacationers"

my take: Dysfunctional family goes to Mallorca. Food, pool, sun, beach, Spanish men and scenery. Definitely a great escape novel …

"Turn Right at Machu Picchu"

my take: This is a rather detailed exploration into the who, what, where, when, and why of Machu Picchu. Hubby, …

"The Girl on the Train"

my take: For a quick, page turning summer read – grab this and you will be transported (ha!) along the …

"Just Mercy"

my take: Profound. Important. Essential. Imperative. What word best sums the necessity of Bryan Stevenson’s voice? Right up there with …

"The Orchardist"

my take: The last 20 or so pages of this were some of the best writing I’ve ever read – …

"Florence Gordon"

my take: A bit of a cross between Olive Kitteridge and Emily, Alone, Florence is a somewhat crotchety feminist whose …

"The Invention of Wings"

my take: Oh, I really wanted to love this. I mean, The Secret Life of Bees was so memorable. After …