Vicki (2022-2023)

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Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

As though we are reading a diary of her 20-something self, Lara, aka Emily Webb of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," details to her daughters her brief acting history in a Northern Michigan summer stock theater company and her one Hollywood hit film, as they wait out the pandemic while picking cherries on the family's Leelanau Peninsula orchard. Urged on by the three young women who are longing to get a glimpse of their mother from that former exotic part of her life, Ann Patchett lovingly fuses family lore with family dynamics, as they each examine their own lives and the world around them. Ann Patchett at her very best as a storyteller and lens to family dynamics.


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Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon By Melissa L. Sevigny Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393868234
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 23rd, 2023

In the summer 1938, two female botanists from the University of Michigan found a river runner and boatbuilder to guide them down the mighty and ferocious Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, where they researched and collected plants for the U/M's botany catalogue. Their four-month adventure, during which they risked their lives, was lampooned by journalists, politicians, and the public because this was no place for women. But were they ever wrong! Author/science journalist Melissa L. Sevigny's meticulous research and storytelling offers a page-turner bit of history in this terrific biography.


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The Invisible Hour: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982175375
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Published: Atria Books - August 15th, 2023

An enchanting story centered around a very famous book and its very famous author (Nathaniel Hawthorne — "The Scarlet Letter") is always a win-win for me. Alice Hoffman has created yet another love story/magical mystery tour that takes us back and forth in time, taking place in the beautiful surroundings of the Berkshires.


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None of This Is True: A Novel By Lisa Jewell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982179007
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Published: Atria Books - August 8th, 2023

Ready yourself to pull a few all-nighters so you can get to the truth of this perfect page-turner of a thriller: either none of it is true or all of it is true, or the truth is really a complete lie — it just depends on who is telling the truth in this mind-boggling new gem by Lisa Jewell.


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Learned by Heart By Emma Donoghue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316564434
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 29th, 2023

The true story of two boarding school girls, Eliza Raine and Anne Lister, who fall fiercely in love while students at the Manor School for young ladies in York, England in 1805 and the ensuing one-sided emotional destruction that love besets on Eliza. Emma Donoghue spent years researching their story, and, with the aid of Anne Lister's five-million-word secret journal, published in 2020, makes public their passionate relationship in this love story of all love stories.


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Banyan Moon: A Read with Jenna Pick By Thao Thai Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - June 27th, 2023

This debut novel jumps from present-day rural Florida to life before, during, and after the Vietnam War, which was an eye-opener to grasping the experience of the horrible unnecessary war from the Vietnamese perspective. The novel is about three generations of Vietnamese American women who are forced to confront their demons and family dysfunction after the death of their matriarch. It is one of those debut novels that reads like it's at least a third or fourth novel, the writing is so strong and the storytelling so exceptional. The reader becomes caught up in the power, self-sufficiancy, and independence each of the women possesses, along with the power of a story that focuses solely on dynamic, though complicated, women.


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Spring Rain: A Life Lived in Gardens By Marc Hamer Cover Image
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Published: Greystone Books - April 4th, 2023

This joyous memoir of childhood, old age, and a life loving gardens and gardening is a respite from thoughts of the frustrations of life that clutter our minds. A retired professional gardener and author, Hamer says this of his book, "Spring Rain is about the joy of your own back garden. It is a story about the joy of small things, the world in a grain of sand, a universe in a small garden, with love for all the insects and slugs and flowers and weeds and seeds and roots and boundaries and shade and weather that the garden contains." I agree wholeheartedly and offer this to readers who find joy in all forms of the natural world.


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The Bookbinder: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

Riding on the heels of her terrific historical novel about the making of the Oxford dictionary, "The Dictionary of Lost Words," Pip Williams returns to Oxford of 1914 with a story of how books are bound, literally, and the people — mostly the women — behind the process. "The Bookbinder" is about British class inequities as much as it is about observation and know-how and persevering against all odds, as we are brought into the lives of a set of twin sisters who follow in their deceased mother's footsteps, painstakingly and meticulously working in the town's bookbinding factory.


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The Little Village of Book Lovers: A Novel By Nina George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593157886
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 25th, 2023

On the heels of the wonderful "The Little Paris Bookshop," Nina George's novel that I termed "a love letter to books," is her latest homage to love and to books. Nina George has gifted readers with another sweet story that takes place in southern France in 1960, in which Marie-Jeanne, a young orphan, plays matchmaker, bringing kindred souls together through books. She and her foster father create a mobile library, delivering books throughout the small mountain towns where they live. In the process they bring lonely people together through the written word. This feel-good story is a perfect pick-me-up read.


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Return to Valetto: A Novel By Dominic Smith Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 13th, 2023

How wonderful that I was in northern Italy while reading this wonderful novel set in the central Italian region of Umbria. Picturesque descriptions of a (fictionalized) mostly abandoned little Italian village where the book takes place do not require being in Italy to enjoy the story! The character development is spot-on, the storyline is spot-on, and the setting is spot-on. Dominic Smith's writing is, for me, on par with authors such as Amor Towles, Sara Winman, and Anthony Doerr — he's excellent at storytelling and creating a sense of place and time.


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The Last Lifeboat By Hazel Gaynor Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - June 13th, 2023

Hazel Gaynor's impeccable story-telling and character development kept me on the edge of my seat with this deeply moving story that follows the leading up to, during, and after the WWII sea evacuation of young British children. This book is historical fiction at its best.


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The Wind Knows My Name: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593598108
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2023

Isabel Allende's novels are about the people throughout history and to this day who flee their homes from political and religious persecution, using her personal experience of survival, after her relative Chilean President Salvador Allende's government was overthrown in the 1973 Pinochet coup. She fled to Venezuela where she helped her family and many others who were on Pinchot's death lists get safe passage out of Chile. A staunch feminist, her history gave her the voice to write about women who challenge the injustice of patriarchal leaders and the struggles they and their children endure to find safety. Her 20th book, "The Wind Knows My Name," the story about 5-year old Samuel Adler, who, after being put on the Kindertransport train by his mother in 1938, loses his entire Viennese family to the Holocaust is woven with the story of 7-year-old Anita Diaz, who, seeking refuge from El Salvador in Nogales, Arizona with her mother, walks into the 2019 trap of the US family separation policy, splitting apart mother and daughter. Samuel and Anita's lives beautifully intersect in Samuel's 80th year, after both their unfortunate experiences are told throughout the book, in past and present, in what is a gripping book about finding salvation from fear and hate through love, family, and hope that there are good people in the world.


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The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club) By Abraham Verghese Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802162175
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023

Set in South India's Malabar Coast, spanning from 1900-1977, three generations of a family suffer from an odd affliction: at least one person from each generation drowns, despite the family's fear of the water that surrounds where they live. Not only is this a novel of the strength of family and the depths of tradition in a changing world, it's a deep insight into medical research and how head-scratching over medical ailments leads to discovery and prevention. Physician/author Abraham Verghese’s sensitive attention to character and sense of place shines in this first-rate literary fiction epic.


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The House Is on Fire By Rachel Beanland Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2023

A flaming expose of just how heartless and despicable people can be, this historical novel is based on the real-life events of the devastating Richmond, Virginia theater fire that killed over 100 people in winter of 1811. Though burning with rage as I read the book, the depth of the research and strength in the storytelling kept me thoroughly engaged. I strongly recommend.


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The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening By Ari Shapiro Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063221345
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Published: HarperOne - March 21st, 2023

Ari Shapiro's autobiography is an entertaining trip down his own memory lane and a hats-off to the exciting life his two career's have gifted him: as a host on NPR's "All Things Considered" and as a singer in the fabulous band Pink Martini. He's as skilled a storyteller as he is in pulling stories out of people. A refreshing read from a very talented guy.


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A Flower A Day By Miranda Janatka Cover Image
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Published: Batsford - March 7th, 2023

Such a lovely thing nature shares with us: every day, literally, a new flower blooms. Somewhere in the world a new species opens its arms to the light and life. This lovely book shares with the reader one beautiful flower for each day of the year as well as offering beautifully rich illustrations with nearly intoxicating stories about the flower. Writer for the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, discover horticulturist Miranda Janatka's passion and knowledge of nature and botany in this perfect book to gift to a perfectly lovely person.


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The Hero's Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna By Tim Parks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324021964
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 12th, 2022

In the insufferably hot summer of 2019, author Tim Parks and his partner, Eleonara, walked 400 miles from southern Rome to northern Ravenna, retracing the steps of Italian revolutionary general Guiseppe Girabaldi. "The Hero of Two Worlds," as he was known, Girabaldi led his 4,000 volunteer renegade army, "the garibaldini," along with his pregnant wife, Anita, on a crusade for the unification of Italy. Parks' captivating travelogue includes historical notes of Girabaldi's maneuvers, along with his observations of current-day Italy and Italians. A most enjoyable picturesque read.


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Looking for Jane: A Novel By Heather Marshall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668013687
Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2023

With the 2022 end of Roe v. Wade, this book is a powerfully important reality check of what the world looks like for women who are unable to get safe, legal abortions. 'Looking for Jane' was the codeword women used to gain access to doctor-provided illegal abortions before abortion legalization. Marshall has painted a very clear picture of that world in this story about three women whose lives intersect due to unwanted pregnancies. We can only hope that women won't be forced to look for Jane as politicians and religious leaders yet again attempt to take away women's right to choose.


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The Woman with the Cure By Lynn Cullen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593438060
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Published: Berkley - February 21st, 2023

Meet the woman you very likely have never heard of: the woman who made it possible for Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin to develop the polio vaccine. Dr. Dorothy Horstmann spent 10 years of her career trying tirelessly to get her male colleagues to hear her and to respect her discoveries. In this historical novel she is represented as having given up her personal life, and literally the love of her life, to stop the incessant spread of polio. Detailed research, along with Cullen's freedom to extrapolate on the interpersonal relationships within the teams of researchers, made this an eye-opening read.


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A Book of Days By Patti Smith Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593448540
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Published: Random House - November 15th, 2022

From her first Instagram posts in 2018, musician/artist/writer/photographer/counterculture icon Patti Smith has been documenting, with either her vintage Land 100 or a Land 250 Poloraid camera, the banal and the captivating in her everyday life. The book is some of these images with little notes that associated to the photo or the stream-of-consciousness thought that came to her mind in relationship to the photo. "A Book of Days" is one year of Patti Smith's life, a window into her visionary mind and eye. "Each photograph is like a diary entry of my life." — Patti Smith


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The Light Pirate: GMA Book Club Selection By Lily Brooks-Dalton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538708279
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 6th, 2022

This gripping work of literary fiction, an apocalyptic story about the devastating effects of climate change, reveals how one woman survives in the Florida wilderness after the entire state is, literally, swallowed up by water. Though it's terrifying to read of a future we've been warned of, this story provides a sense of hope that survival is possible when the world offers little to believe in and to live for.


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The Philosophy of Modern Song By Bob Dylan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451648706
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2022

Wow o wow. Dylan has gone way out over the top with this absolutely beautifully produced book of over 60 of his essays about the songs of 20th century musicians, ranging from the Grateful Dead to Vic Damone, Willie
Nelson to the Fugs, Rosemary Clooney to Nina Simone, Ray Charles to Johnny Paycheck, Marty Robbins to Cher. . . and many many, happily, more! His take on the songs, the artists, the messages, and the timeframes are true Dylan, with his eclectic voice and worldview, connecting musical genres and time periods within the music industry. Wonderful archival photos and graphics make this a coffee-table treat beyond treats.


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Now Is Not the Time to Panic: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062913500
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Published: Ecco - November 8th, 2022

Kevin Wilson is so good at creating eccentric characters, so irresistible in their oddballness you can't help falling in love with them. As intriguing and brazen a story as his "Nothing to See Here," his new novel occurs during one eventful summer during which two lonely teenagers create a piece of art that changes them and the world around them.


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Musical Tables: Poems By Billy Collins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399589782
Published: Random House - November 15th, 2022

Followers of my most favorite American poet, Billy Collins, will be surprised and humored by this new collection of what he refers to as "small poems." His inspiration is quoted here: “Whenever I pick up a new book of poems, I flip through the pages looking for small ones. Just as I might have trust in an abstract painter more if I knew he or she could draw a credible chicken, I have faith in poets who can go short.” The subject matters in this collection run the gamut, as is his style. Some are laugh out loud funny, others not, but every one is a delight to discover.


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We Are the ARK: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness By Mary Reynolds, Ruth Evans (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mary Reynolds, Ruth Evans (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781643261782
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Published: Timber Press - October 25th, 2022

"A few years ago, my increasing awareness of the collapse in biodiversity and the lack of safe space for wildlife led me to start a movement called We Are the ARK." — landscape designer Mary Reynolds. According to Reynolds, an ARK is a restored, native ecosystem — Acts of Restorative Kindness. With beautiful hand-drawn illustrations by artist Ruth Evans, this precious and inspiring book is a how-to on bringing about change in one's own backyard and mind-set.


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Women Holding Things By Maira Kalman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062846679
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

Not only is Maira Kalman #1 Illustrator Supreme (to me), she also has a delightfully keen and quirky sense of humor that shines in her latest book. Author and illustrator of over 30 children's and adult books, she continues to embrace the tiny things that make up the world as she sees it. "You hold in your hands a thing I hold most dear. A Book. If there was ever a time to hold onto something, this is it. Hold on, dear friends. Hold on." Maira Kalman


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The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water By Chris Dombrowski Cover Image
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 11th, 2022

This is a touching tribute to nature and fatherhood. A poet and fly-fishing guide in love with the wilds of Montana, Detroit transplant Chris Dombrowski's sensitive treatise on the birth and raising of his three children and being a good citizen to the planet is a lesson on paying attention to the natural world in which we reside.


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The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel By Pip Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984820747
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 3rd, 2022

One of the more meaningful and compelling books I've read recently, this historical novel takes us into the life and mind of Esme, who is consumed within a world of words. Beginning as a very young child, she is a spectator to the work of her father and a team of lexicographers who collect words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Esme gathers the rejected words, written on slips of paper that drop to the floor as they work . . . as an adult, those words become Esme's own dictionary: the Dictionary of Lost Words. The story, set at the birth of the UK women's suffrage movement and of WWI, is a lovely homage to the human language. A most moving work of fiction — and a debut novel, at that — which will remain with you well past the very last page. Highly recommended!


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Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063251922
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

Kingsolver's jaw-dropping saga takes place in the midst of the opiod crisis in Appalachian Virginia, following the life of a boy born in a trailer to a teenaged single mom. Deadbeats, debauchery, and self-destruction are the general themes in this sad-but-true American slice-of-life. Inspired by Dickens' "David Copperfield," the Victorian novel about displaced boy/childhood, Kingsolver attests to the poverty and hardships of rural Southern America in what will surely be another award-winning novel for the author.


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Our Missing Hearts: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Celeste Ng Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - August 22nd, 2023

An all-too-real story about how people are easily swayed into fear by a government in power and how that fear destroys families, friendships, and overall trust. In her newest novel, Ng's U.S. White House bans anything and everything Chinese, going so far as to condoning ostracizing, attacking, and killing Chinese-American citizens and making it legal to remove children from their homes. The underlying story is about a mother's love for her child and the task she takes on to find all the other aggrieved mothers who've lost their children to this horrific heart-wrenching government rule.


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Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships By Nina Totenberg Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2022

An engaging memoir by NPR's Nina Totenberg about her 50-year friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recounting how the two larger-than-life women paved the way for the changes that brought about professional and legal rights for women in the male-dominated world in which they both struggled through in their rising careers. A sheer delight to hear Nina Totenberg's voice in your head as she unmasks her path to success and the charming shared stories between two dear friends.


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Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More By Katrina Rodabaugh Cover Image
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Published: Abrams Books - October 16th, 2018

I confess: I love mending blue jeans! This book is the coolest how-to for patching jeans using the Japanese hand-stiching method known as shishiko. Now one of my craft bibles, I cannot imagine how I lived without it! Learn techniques and get ideas for adding way-cool stiching embellishments to your clothing.


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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michael Frank, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2022

Writer Michael Franks spent 100 Saturdays interviewing Stella Levi, a 98-year old holocaust survivor who lived an idyllic life in the Jewish sector of Juderia, on the Island of Rhodes . . . until 1944 when nearly every Jew was deported to the German camps. This is Stella's captivating storytelling of her life before, during, and after her encampment. Maira Kalman's iconic illustrations provide colorful images of the quaint island life that Stella reverently remembers and mourns for. I highly recommend!


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Drawn to Birds: A Naturalist's Sketchbook By Jenny Defouw Geuder Cover Image
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Published: Adventure Publications - June 14th, 2022

There are many wonderful books about birds that feature drawings, photos, illustrations, and bird facts . . . but this one is truly special. The hand-painted illustrations are realistically spot-on and large enough to really see each bird's features. Details and facts for each bird variety includes interesting data and tidbits. The book also includes information on pollinators, backyard bird feeding, and so much more on how to be a friend to birds, providing readers all that is needed to create a healthy and eco-friendly garden for bird visitors. Kudos to artist and naturalist Jenny deFouw Geuder for coming up with a unique addition for bird lovers to add to their library of bird books.


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - March 4th, 2025

A remarkably bright twist of a story that lovingly honors the brightest of creatures in the sea: octopuses. The back story of family lost and found is, in and of itself, quite moving, but having octopus Marcellus reveal it through his eye and tentacles was a delight beyond delights. A joy of a novel.


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The Book Woman's Daughter: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 3rd, 2022

Riding on the success of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, this sequel is as strong a statement on the ill treatment of women in the back hills of Kentucky in the 1930’s and 1940’s and the prejudice towards the Blues (blue-skinned people of the Fugate ancestry) as it is a lovely homage to the Pack Horse Library Project, a WPA program that delivered library books to remote areas in the Appalachian Mountains, mostly women traveling on mule or horseback. Read them both!


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The Hurting Kind By Ada Limón Cover Image
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

Absolutely lovely poetry that reads like a love letter to our flying feathered friends. Not entirely poems about birds, the entire collection exquisitely touches on grief and pain as well as the beauty to be found in nature.


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Light on Bone (A Georgia O’Keeffe Mystery) By Kathryn Lasky Cover Image
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Published: Woodhall Press - September 6th, 2022

How clever to turn famous painter Georgia O'Keefe into a greenhorn sleuth as she  uncovers murders and wrongdoings in her 1930s retreat at Ghost Rance. Stunningly capturing the New Mexican landscape, especially the gardens O'Keefe paints, the story is also wrapped around pre-WWII Nazi espionage she uncovers during her ranch sleuthing. I enjoyed getting to know this side of Georgia O'Keefe who is presented as an empathetic artist with an enormous heart.


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Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399562969
Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

What a story! Part historical, part fiction, Geraldine Brooks has written a fascinating love story to the greatest racehorse in American history, Lexington, and his fictionalized enslaved groomer in 1850s Kentucky and New Orleans; a NYC gallery owner in the mid-50s who becomes obsessed with a 19th century oil painting of what turns out to be that racehorse; and, in 2019, an Australian Smithsonian scientist and the Nigerian-American art historian she winds up collaborating with as they uncover information about the horse they share an interest in — who they discover is the famous Lexington. This well-researched story turns out to be as much about racism as it is about the greedy business behind horse racing — and the beauty of those horses. A wonderful read.


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Riverman: An American Odyssey By Ben McGrath Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - April 4th, 2023

I thrive on reading books that take place on a river and rejoice in the beauty in the kindness and curiosity of strangers, as much as I do in the beauty and kindness of rivers. "Riverman" is New Yorker magazine staff writer Ben McGrath’s precisely well-researched account of folk-hero Dick Conant, who spent over 20 years solo canoeing American rivers before he disappeared. A fascinating tale about an even more fascinating man — thank you Ben McGrath for writing this book.


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Unlikely Animals: A Novel By Annie Hartnett Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 28th, 2023

This rather delightful novel is told through the "Greek chorus" voices of some of the deceased townspeople buried in the small New Hampshire town's cemetery. Despite the underlying story being about the devastation on the town from the opioid crisis, the "Greek chorus" provides humor to this story about a dysfunctional family and how compassion heals in spite of how life can be a living hell.


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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel By Natalie Jenner Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 1st, 2023

Take a trip back in time to post-war London when hopes to further yourself in life seem impossible — if you're a woman, and especially if you're a woman hoping to have a career, be recognized, get published. Natalie Jenner's three bookstore shopgirls' connections with literary figures and a few gentle-souled men make this an enticing and delightful historical novel, loaded with literary name-dropping and references. Which of Jenner's shopgirls would you wish to be? Me, I'll take Vivien!


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Up North in Michigan: A Portrait of Place in Four Seasons By Jerry Dennis Cover Image
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Published: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGIONAL - September 14th, 2021

This book of essays is the loveliest love letter to the State of Michigan I have ever read. Writer Jerry Dennis grew up and continues to live in the Traverse City area, what we Michiganders refer to as “Up North.” His descriptions of the rivers, lakes, and woods he has spent his lifetime fishing, playing in, and camping in and canoeing on took my breath away. The four chapters illuminate on each season in which Jerry Dennis creates picture-perfect images for the reader to ride with, as he eloquently details the sights and sounds of Michigan’s seasons. If you’ve never been Up North, become curious by reading this book. I assure you that you will find it necessary to get up there as soon as possible. Jerry Dennis doesn’t give away any of the exact locations he writes about . . . you’ll have to discover your own special spots to put to memory and to return to once you’ve become hooked, which, I also assure you, you will be!


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Will the Circle Be Unbroken: The Making of a Landmark Album, 50th Anniversary By John McEuen Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781493062331
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Published: Backbeat Books - August 1st, 2022

If you loved the record, you'll love the behind-the-scenes book about the making of the album. Discover what wonderful people Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter, Vassar Clements, and Merle Travis are and how they were brought in to the recording studio by John McEuen — and his day by day recounting of what went into making one of the best records in the industry that is celebrating it's 50th anniversary.


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Conversations By Steve Reich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335425720
Published: Hanover Square Press - March 8th, 2022

Composer Steve Reich, pioneer of the 1960s minimalist movement and a legend in the world of contemporary classical music, sat down with fellow composers, colleagues, and musicians to reflect on his career and how his work had impact on theirs. I found these conversations absolutely captivating — to the point that, while reading the book, I was compelled to listen to each piece of Reich’s beautifully mesmerizing music as it was being discussed.


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Forest Walking: Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America By Peter Wohlleben, Jane Billinghurst Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771643313
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Published: Greystone Books - April 26th, 2022

An enchanting lesson on what to discover in a forest and how to uncover those discoveries. Tree expert-supreme Peter Wohlleben, has teamed up with his longtime editor, Jane Billinghurst, to write their first book together in which they reveal how to be a “forest detective.” They explain why everything laying on the forest floor and hanging from and attached to trees is connected to each other. Using all your senses, you’ll learn how to identify and unearth teeming life from the largest tree to the smallest organism that lives within a forest’s ecosystem by seeing, smelling, feeling, and even tasting. A delightful book.


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Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR By Lisa Napoli Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419750410
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Published: Abrams Press - March 8th, 2022

We know them as the four founding women of NPR, the names and voices who branded radical change in American news broadcasting. This impeccably-researched and detailed group biography shares the defining back story of each woman, their differences and the similarities that led them to work together at the best job anyone could ask for in public radio. A truly inspiring read and captivating inside look at four utterly fabulous and brilliant women.


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Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny By Ann Marks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982166731
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Published: Atria Books - July 4th, 2023

Street photographer/nanny Vivian Maier was an unknown artist until 2007, when her body of work was discovered in a Chicago storage locker. That discovery opened up a mystery: who was Vivian Maier and why did she shoot  140,000 images over her 85 years and not do anything with them? Through meticulous research and interviews, writer Ann Marks has brought Vivan’s history and story to light in a most fascinating read, complete with explanations for the 400 photos included in the book. If you’re not familiar with this world-class photographer whose work and keen eye are compared to those of Robert Frank, Weegee Lisette Model, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, introduce yourself to her photographs with the knowledge that every picture she shot were kept to herself until after her death, and be grateful that we now have access to see what she saw behind her camera lens.


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These Precious Days: Essays By Ann Patchett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063118034
Published: Harper Large Print - November 23rd, 2021

I don't think it's possible for me to not be moved beyond measure by anything written by novelist and essayist Ann Patchett. Her latest collection of personal essays, some of which have been previously published in various periodicals, is a precious unzipping from moments in Patchett's life and a precious privilege for her readers to come away with a much deeper understanding of her. The most profound is her laying bare her admiration for and friendship with Tom Hanks' assistant Sooki, an elusive woman who is at the heart of this collection, a friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” Moving and utterly worth the exploration into the private Ann Patchett.


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The Violin Conspiracy: A Novel (Good Morning America Book Club) By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593584125
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Published: Random House Large Print - March 1st, 2022

A young virtuoso violinist from rural North Carolina, being Black as that violinist, and the violin he was gifted by his grandmother that turns out to be a Stradivarius. This captivating read about the world of classical music and musicians develops into a head-scratching twister when the Strad, valued at $10 million, is stolen early on in the novel. Was it the wealthy Southern descendants of the man who enslaved his great-great grandfather who claim the violin as theirs or his own greedy family who feel contempt towards his rising career? Shameless racism is as much a part of the story as is the violinist’s outstanding skill and his passion for the exquisite music he performs. I highly recommend this genuinely original story.


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Taste: My Life Through Food By Stanley Tucci Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

The inspiring foodie (oh, and actor!) Stanley Tucci makes dining on Italian food look oh-so-delectable. Author of three cookbooks, Tucci’s autobiography begins with stories about growing up in an Italian American family who took to heart cooking and eating together around the kitchen table as a family. But, there’s so much more to his life story than that, though it’s always been in and out of a kitchen. This is a lovely memoir full of sweet anecdotes and delicious recipes. Buon appetito!


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Another America/Otra America By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541600386
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Published: Seal Press - February 22nd, 2022

Not well-known as a poet, author Barbara Kingsolver published her first poetry collection in 1992, after the success of her first two novels Bean Trees and Animal Dreams. When I discovered the collection, when it was first published, I spent many hours outdoors seated in a quiet place, reading the poems out loud to myself. This early collection in Kingsolver’s career is timely: the poems, written while she lived in the borderlands of Tucson, Arizona, target racism and the inequities of the U.S. immigration system. This 2nd edition features an introduction by Kingsolver that touches on the current border crisis. The book is in duo languages with English on the right side of the page and Spanish on the left. 


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There's a Ghost In This House By Oliver Jeffers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593466186
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Published: Philomel Books - November 2nd, 2021

I am a big fan of Oliver Jeffers. I adore his illustrations and his dear little story's. This sweet new book by the master of picture books features transparent pages that are a major part of the storytelling. This is a fun interactive book for children . . . and demystifies the mystery of ghosts in a cute clever way!


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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168445
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Published: Scribner - September 27th, 2022

Author of Pulitzer Prize Awarded “All the Light We Cannot See”, Anthony Doerr's writing skills shine brightly in this mind-boggling novel that is utterly unique to his other writings. Is it historical fiction, fantasy, suspense, or science fiction? In fact, it's all of them! The story follows five children on the brink of becoming adults, during three different timeframes in which the reader travels from ancient history and mythology to modern times and far into the future. Built around an ancient Greek text that each child encounters in their journeys, the reader is as curious as the children are in seeking an interpretation of the text's story of Aethon. who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky, Doerr brilliantly ties everyone and everything together, concluding this epic story with a sigh of relief and a perfect ending. Dedicated to “the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,” get ready for a rare novel about the meaning and preservation of the ancient text's message that is tied to the preservation of humanity and Mother Earth.


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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735222366
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Published: Penguin Books - March 21st, 2023

This charming story takes place in 1954 over ten days, though it feels like it's a lifetime as each character's background stories are revealed in the novel's process. Besides learning about the Lincoln Highway, which stretches from Times Square to San Francisco, a great deal of fascinating data is shared through the voice of the delightful 8-year old Billy Watson. I devoured the hefty 600-page book, though I wished I could have made it last longer . . . but I was too drawn in to not soak up every word. It's a treasure of a read.


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Still Life: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Sarah Winman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593330760
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 13th, 2022

An epic character-driven love story to the city of Florence, Italy and the captivating bohemian stars of Sarah Winman's new novel, a saga spanning 40 decades. Good luck not falling in love with each and every one of them, to wish you were seated at their table dining on every delicious meal they cook together, and to fantasize that these are the people you get to call "family." If you aren’t already a fan of her writing, Sarah Winman’s "Still Life" will win you over!


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

I am not a gamer, nor do I understand the culture of gaming, but this saga of a novel sucked me in with its engrossing in-depth portrayal of the creation process of video games. The guts of the book is in the development and inter weavings of the four main gaming characters through which we witness deep pains, love, and the ups and downs within their personal and work relationships.


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On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century By Timothy Snyder, Nora Krug (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Timothy Snyder, Nora Krug (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781984859150
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Published: Ten Speed Graphic - October 5th, 2021

Illustrator and graphic/collage artist Nora King’s extraordinary talents offer a clever graphic take on Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny, which depicts the 20th century’s most somber moments. Klug’s interpretation of Snyder’s twenty lessons on resisting modern-day oppression goes hand-in-hand with her graphic book Belonging in which she addresses her own family’s connection to Nazi German, creating collage art through the use of archival materials, family photos and letters, and Nazi paraphernalia.


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Artists in Residence: Seventeen Artists and Their Living Spaces, from Giverny to Casa Azul By Melissa Wyse, Kate Lewis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Melissa Wyse, Kate Lewis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452179674
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 2nd, 2021

This delightfully lovely book is a peek inside 17 artists’ homes, featuring the sweetest illustrations by Chicago artist Kate Lewis and charming descriptions by author Melissa Wyse. Enjoy a little glimpse into the living spaces and gardens of such artists as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keefe, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. A dear little inspiring walk through some pretty places.


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

Henrietta Lacks was a poor Black tobacco farmer. While hospitalized for cancer treatment, her cells were taken without her knowledge or consent and became the first “immortal” human cells, the source of the HeLa cell line, grown in culture and still alive today and one of the most important cell lines in medical research. The shocking and fascinating true story of how this came about and how her family came to learn about scientists' undermining the family and Henrietta, who is buried in an unmarked grave to this day. Rebecca Skloot is an amazing sleuth - and did so much good for the Lacks' family while researching and writing the book. Do not hesitate to read this book!


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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416573166
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2008

The day his twins were born, Anthony Doerr, renowned author of “All the Light We Cannot See,” received even more great news: he'd won the Priz de Rome, a prestigious award from the American Academy of Arts and Letter that granted a one year in Rome fellowship, gifting "time and space to think and work" to artists and scholars. This jewel of a book is Doerr's evocative memoir of the timeless beauty of Rome and the day-to-day wonder of living, writing, and raising twin baby boys in a foreign city. It's a visual treat, as Doerr shares his visits to piazzas, temples, the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II, and his delightful tales of the American family’s embracement by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of their neighborhood.