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Falling: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982177881
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

Wanting to fly but can't afford a ticket?

Not quite ready for air travel but need an escape?

Looking for a book that keeps you awake?

This is your next read.

Commercial pilot Bill Hoffman receives an unexpected message while flying Flight 416 from LA to NY. He has been given a choice: crash your plane or have your family murdered.

Not an in-flight choice quite as simple as "coffee or tea?" Right? Newman's decade of experience as a flight attendant gives her debut novel some heft and authenticity.  You'll connect with her characters in surprising ways. As for the book agent who gave her manuscript a shot after a whopping 41 rejections?

I think he made the right choice.

Let's hope Captain Bill Hoffman follows suit.


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We Are the Brennans: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250796226
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Published: Celadon Books - August 3rd, 2021

Meet the Brennan family: a large, loving Irish Catholic clan who will do anything for each other yet are convinced that hiding their mistakes and keeping secrets is what is best.

This story made me reflect on my own Irish Catholic upbringing and the impact the role of "secret keeper" has played in my life.

A must read for people of all backgrounds who are interested in the complexities of family dynamics and the stories that lie underneath.


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The Silent Patient Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

Searching for a quick summer read that will keep you on the edge of your beach chair?  This is the one. There are twists and turn that will make you think you have it all figured out. The ending will leave you speechless.


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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

As a surgeon and public health researcher, Gawande is able to give a qualified perspective on life and dying.  End of life care in this country is not focused on quality of life as we are often not wanting to ask and answer the hard questions regarding ourselves and our loved ones.

His unique perspective of being present for his own father's death highlights these points.  Highly recommend for those who are interested in learning more about this subject that is often overlooked or avoided.


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Notes on Grief Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593320808
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Published: Knopf - May 11th, 2021

This little book packs a big punch.

Initially, I was hesitant to read this as I didn't want to relive my own encounters with grief.  I'm grateful to have forged ahead.

Anyone who reads this book will find relevance and meaning, regardless of their own experiences with loss.


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Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for Healthy Comfort Food Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780062993335
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Published: Harper Wave - March 2nd, 2021

This is so much more than a cookbook! Not only is this gem filled with approachable recipes and helpful tips, Turshen shares honest and personal essays on topics such as body positivity, anxiety and the importance of volunteering. I enjoyed this book so much that I signed up for one of her Saturday afternoon cooking classes and felt like I was spending an afternoon in my kitchen with a longtime friend. By the time the class ended, I was left with enough salad dressings to last for months and MANY tips on how to modify her recipes to accommodate my vegan, vegetarian and diabetic friends and family members. 

This book will delight your palate, feed your soul and hopefully spark meaningful conversation at your dinner table. Prepared to be nourished from the inside out!


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The Weekday Vegetarians: 100 Recipes and a Real-Life Plan for Eating Less Meat: A Cookbook Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780593138748
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Published: Clarkson Potter - August 31st, 2021

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Somebody's Daughter: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250305978
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - June 1st, 2021

An honest, emotionally complex memoir so captivating you will feel like you're walking with Ford as she's untangling her past to make sense of her present.

This is a read that explores complicated family dynamics, the power of unconditional love and achieving self-acceptance.