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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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Fates and Furies; Lauren Groff

The story of Lotto and Mathilde, two beautiful 22 years olds who get married two weeks after meeting each other.  The story of their decades long marriage told from their two vastly different perspectives. A finalist for this years National … Continue reading

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The Lola Quartet; Emily St. John Mandel

Recently fired from his NYC reporting job, Gavin returns to his town where he grew up in Florida becoming embroiled in an investigation involving his friends he grew up.  Well written, interesting story embedded with the numbing dangers of suburbia … Continue reading

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The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins

Down on her luck London woman becomes involved in a murder mystery involving her ex husband and invented couple she views from the window of her commuter train.  Chick-lit-mystery-thriller… yet readable, PJH rating: ****  

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A Separate Peace; John Knowles

1959 classic set in East coast boarding school in the early 1940’s.  Phinneas and his fourth year pals deal with entering adulthood, WW2 and all that come along with them. PJH Rating: ****

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The Martian; Andy Weir

A manned space craft on Mars runs into trouble and needs to evacuate the planet.  The crew leaves behind one of the astronauts that they believe was killed and were unable to reach him.  The astronaut ends up being alive … Continue reading

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