Fiction

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Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue is one part Backbeat, two more of the bracing whimsical wit of A Hard Day’s Night, several parts Head-like support of social upheaval and psychedelics, with maybe a skosh of That Thing You Do! thrown in.  The rest is the story - detailing the struggles and joys of the titular psych- ...

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Bellwether

Originally published in 1991, Connie Willis' Bellwether is a book about patterns; how and why things come to pass in our lives. Dr. Sandra Foster is a statistician studying fads at a Boulder think-tank called Hi-Tek, but her lack of success is discouraging: she cannot come up with the cause of the h ...

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Valentine: A Novel

In her debut novel Valentine, author Elizabeth Wetmore examines the far-reaching consequences of a violent crime on a small Texas town. Set in 1976, as Odessa is poised for another oil boom, a fourteen-year-old girl is raped in a secluded area on the outskirts of town. She manages to escape, but her ...

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These Ghosts are Family

These Ghosts are Family is a spellbinding, beautifully written story about the way generational trauma can harm, form or save a person – and how the ghosts of the past always loom over one’s shoulder. Stanford Solomon is facing down the end of his life with a heavy sense of responsibility.  ...

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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Despite being a family of non-believers, every year we pull out our holiday paraphernalia. We dress the tree, hanging with care the delicate glass ornaments gifted to us over the many years, sentimentally rub our fingers over the ones our children made, pull out the stepladder and put our angel to b ...

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After the End

I always get a little nervous when authors who write a particular type of book very well decide to try something new. Sometimes, it ends up working out well, but there are also those times when it turns out to be a flop. Fortunately, After the End, the latest novel from renowned thriller writer Clar ...

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If, Then

Kate Hope Day’s If, Then is one of those books with a super interesting synopsis that promises to engage the reader in a gripping story that asks deep and meaningful questions. I'm not always interested in reading that sort of thing, as I generally enjoy books that aren't quite so cerebral. Still, ...

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Daisy Jones & The Six

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singin ...

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Come With Me

Come with Me by New York Times best-selling author Helen Schulman is a granular look into the life of one family. At its core, it's a dive into the struggles of family life, and shows us how temptation can lead us astray. But it's also a story about the dangers of technology, about the fact that it ...

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Family Trust

In Family Trust, Kathy Wang introduces readers to the Huangs, a Chinese family living in Silicon Valley and struggling to achieve the ever-elusive American dream. It's a novel that deals with cultural identity as well as the complicated bonds between family members, and I'm very glad I read it. F ...