The Great Alone by Hannah Kristin

Ernt, former POW Vietnam vet, suffers from PTSD and has moved his wife, Cora, and daughter, Leni, to Alaska where he fervently believes he will be saved. All is well until the long night of winter settles in and Ernt becomes unhinged. Cora and Leni must rely on each other to weather his storm but […]

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The Parcel by Anosh Irani

Mhadu, a transgender sex worker in India, has been asked to prepare “a parcel” for prostitution. The parcel is a young girl who has been sold by her aunt into the sex trade. Mhadu’s job is to break the girl’s spirit so that she can be compliant for her customers. Mhadu no longer has the […]

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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Tom Hazard has one rule: Do not fall in love. He has a rare disease that slows the aging process down by …well…a lot. He looks 43 but is over 300 years old. He becomes involved with a group of similarly “blessed” people but is beginning to want a more normal life. Not quite sure […]

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The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The story of Sera, a middle class Parsi housewife and Bhima her illiterate, poor housekeeper. The women are friends, of a sort. Both women have troubles that they share with each other and they really do try to help each other as best they can. But the differences in class and power finally put a […]

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The Dante Chamber by Matthew Pearl

A series of deaths in London that parallel the deaths in Dante’s Purgatory lead a Christina Rossetti to enlist the help of Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson and Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to find the killer in the hopes of saving the life of her brother Gabriel. Matthew Pearl does a great job of fictionalizing the […]

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Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Over the course of a five year period the womenand girls of an ultra conservative Mennonite community in Bolivia were drugged and raped on a nightly basis by a group of men from their community. The men are arrested and sent away but are slated to return within two days. A group of eight women […]

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Court of Lions by Jane Johnson

Kate has fled to Granada, Spain for reasons we slowly uncover. While there she finds a scrap of paper hidden within the ancient ruins of the city. The novel travels between Kate’s story and the story of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Johnson has a real flair when it comes to weaving historical fiction into […]

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

A fast paced story of a network of female spies during World War 1. Based on a true story these women in this French Resistance movement are courageous, smart and committed to regaining France’s freedom from the Germans. A great read!

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

After spending years on the run, Samuel Hawley settles with his daughter, Loo, in her deceased mother’s hometown. Throughout the novel we learn how Samuel received each of the twelve scars he carries on his body. Loo, too, starts to uncover some uncomfortable truths about her father’s past. This is an epic father/daughter coming of […]

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Circe by Madeleine MIller

Circe is a witch banished to an island by her father Helios – Titan god of the sun. Circe is smart, self-reliant, resilient and uses all her wits to survive her banishment. You don’t even need to know much about Greek mythology but I found myself reading about the various gods whose deeds Circe continuously […]

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