The Perfect Girl – Gilly Macmillan

Jul 28

The Perfect Girl – Gilly Macmillan

I am on the wait list at the local library for Gilly Macmillan‘s What She Knew. While I waited, I decided to try another book by the same author, as it was available immediately. The Perfect Girl refers to a teenager named Zoe. Zoe is beautiful, has a genius IQ, and an aptitude for playing the piano. She seems to have the best life any 14-year old can imagine....

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The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel

Jul 23

The High Mountains of Portugal – Yann Martel

Life of Pi is one of my all-time favorite books. Yann Martel may never again be able to match the significance of that story, and that is okay with me. The High Mountains of Portugal contains three long-ish short stories, all connected by a very loose thread. Up first, we meet Tomás. He lives in Lisbon has been befallen by tragedy times three. He decides to jump in...

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Ordinary Grace – William Kent Krueger

Jul 17

Ordinary Grace – William Kent Krueger

I enjoyed this snapshot of an epic summer in a boy’s life by William Kent Krueger. The year is 1961 and 13-year old Frank and his brother Jake have the most eventful season of their young lives. The two boys expect to spend the summer watching television, cheering for the Twins, swimming, playing baseball, and avoiding their dramatic mother and their Methodist...

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The Wonder – Emma Donoghue

Jul 15

The Wonder – Emma Donoghue

I enjoy Emma Donoghue’s writing quite a bit. This book is completely different from Room, but just as mysterious and gripping. Lib Wright is a by-the-book nurse from London who studied under none other than Florence Nightingale. She is summoned by a small village in Ireland to take a vigilant watch over an eleven year old girl named Anna O’Donnell. Anna,...

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Superficial – Andy Cohen

Jul 07

Superficial – Andy Cohen

I cannot imagine a more aptly titled book. Andy Cohen takes you along for the ride as he jet sets, interviews celebrities, eats out, goes to fabulous parties, and dates all of the hot guys. I reviewed The Andy Cohen Diaries last summer, and Superficial is pretty much a continuation of that book. If you are a lover of Bravo, dogs, struggles with your weight, stars,...

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Postcards – Annie Proulx

Jul 05

Postcards – Annie Proulx

One of my all-time favorite books is The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. The writing in Postcards is just as brilliant; the story, however, left me wondering and with a bad taste in my mouth. The tragic tale follows the Blood family from hard time to hard time. Loyal, the favorite son, becomes a drifter with a terrible secret that won’t allow him one minute of...

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