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They Left Us Everything

Plum Johnson
5
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

​They Left Us Everything is an emotional journey through Plum Johnson's grief and search for self after losing her parents and childhood home. After almost twenty years spent caring for her aging parents, Alex and Virginia, Plum is both liberated and burdened by their deaths, which happen just a mere three years apart. Though Plum loses them, and the loss is enormous, she finds them again through their belongings as she clears out their house, her childhood home, and prepares to sell it.

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Miller's Valley

Anna Quindlen
4
Rated by
LeeAnn B.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Miller’s Valley is a coming of age novel about Mimi Miller, a girl growing up in the 1960s in rural Pennsylvania. Mimi and her family live on the same farm their family has lived on contentedly for generations. But things in Miller's Valley are beginning to change. Mimi’s dad is a farmer, but he’s really the fix-it man for the entire town. Mimi’s mom is a nurse who still manages to be around to raise Mimi and her two brothers.

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Whiskey And Charlie

Annabel Smith
4
Rated by
Leslie N.
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

Thirty-something Charlie is living in California, struggling to find direction and his place in life. It frustrates him that things come so much easier for his identical twin Whiskey, an advertising executive pulling down six figures. At least, that's what Charlie thinks. After following Charlie down many paths, he realizes that the truth is not always what he thinks. At times Charlie can be endearing and other times a real jerk, but always so human.

Welcome to Night Vale

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
4
Rated by
Rachel C.
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015

A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

Welcome to Night Vale.

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Eight Hundred Grapes

Laura Dave
4
Rated by
Diane H.
Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes, the number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine, is a story about relationships – with spouses, fiancés, family, self, and home.

Still Alice

Lisa Genova
4
Rated by
Jennifer W.M.
Monday, Feb 9, 2015

Still Alice is a very moving book that captures the heartbreak and suffering of someone diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease. We often hear about older people dealing with this dreaded disease but it also affects a surprising number of younger people.

Please Look After Mom

Kyung-Sook Shin
5
Rated by
Megan C.
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015

This best-selling novel by South Korean author Kyung-Sook Shin takes a piercing look at how we treat those closest to us, and what it means to be a wife and mother. Told from four perspectives, the story examines the aftermath of the disappearance of “mom”. Some of the narrators speak in the unusual voice of second person, which serves to make the narrative more personal.

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The Middlesteins

Jami Attenberg
3
Rated by
Kinsley Riggs
Monday, Nov 10, 2014

Edie and Richard Middlestein have been married for over 30 years, enjoying their family life in Chicago. But as their relationship stops growing and Richard decides to leave, all Edie can seem to do is grow. She is obsessed with food and eating. Will the family save her from herself? Will Richard come back and continue loving every ounce of her?

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Willow Run

Patricia Reilly Giff
4
Rated by
Terri B.
Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

This historical fiction book is about Meggie Dillon's life. To help improve the family's income, Meggie's family ups and moves to Willow Run, Michigan, during WWII. Her father has obtained a job working on war planes at night to help the war effort. Because they are moving into a small apartment they have to leave her German grandfather behind in New York. Meggie soon realizes that she misses him but quickly meets other kids in the same circumstance as hers.

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart
4
Rated by
Debbie F.
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

Wow! I am so glad I knew absolutely nothing about this book from the beginning. Lockhart creates a world I can see...of salt and sand and old houses and summers and friends and young love. I was so wrapped up in this wonderful world that when tragedy snuck in and reared its ugly head it really packed a punch.

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