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Kitchens of the Great Midwest; J. Ryan Stradal

The story of Eva Thorvald – a world famous uber chef – told from the point of view of different people throughout her life.  Fun, different read with some recipes thrown in.  I liked it. PJH rating: ****

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A Sudden Light; Garth Stein

A teenaged boy goes to his father’s boyhood home in Seattle and learns of his father’s and father’s family’s history going back several generations.  Big old house, family secrets, ghosts and trees.  A good read but not as good as … Continue reading

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Ready Player One; Ernest Cline

A unique disutopian story set in a world that has fallen apart except that everyone is plugged into the Oasis – a world wide virtual reality game that has taken over the world.  The billionaire inventor of the Oasis has … Continue reading

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things; Alice Hoffman

Set in early 20th century NYC a woman is featured in her father’s Coney Island freak show. A young photographer discovers her late night and helps unfold her past.  Interesting to read about early NYC and Coney Island. PJH rating: … Continue reading

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Career of Evil; Robert Galbraith

Galbraith’s third installment of Cormoron’s Strike’s adventures finds Cormoron and Robin investigating a serial killer in London who seems to have a personal interest in the investigator.  Took me forever to read this one and never got too much into … Continue reading

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Ordinary Grace; William Kent Krueger

An eleven year old boy deals with the death of his 18 year old sister in the early 1960’s.  A whoodunnit – I guessed who did it pretty quickly though. PJH Rating ***1/2

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The Life We Bury; Allen Eskens

A college student randomly meets an old man in a nursing home because he needs to write an essay about an elderly person.  As the man’s story unfolds a mystery ensues regarding a murder he was convicted of many years … Continue reading

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