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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is a phenomenal novel. Tom Hanks narrates the audiobook and makes it all the more extraordinary. This story is told in the voice of a grown man named Danny who spent the early years … Continue reading

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The Poor Among Us

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is a well-known Top 150 20th Century novel which is semi-autobiographical. Over the course of the early 1900’s, the main character Francie and her family reside in several tenements in Brooklyn. Her … Continue reading

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When You’re a Jet

Grateful American: A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinise is an eye-opening look into the life and mission of the well- known actor. Until reading this book, I never realized the author’s many connections to the Chicago area. … Continue reading

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Bad Luck

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames is a recently published novel which left me very disappointed. This fictional story about a woman named Stella is narrated by her granddaughter. In the beginning, Stella is an … Continue reading

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Run For Your Life

The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye is a recent novel which took me by surprise. The author used this fictional story to draw a parallel between two dark organizations which didn’t appear similar to me. In this story, we find … Continue reading

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Swiss Cheese

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a 72-year-old retired schoolteacher who lives in Maine. Olive is a controlling woman who thinks she knows better than everyone else. We’ve all known people like her. Understandably, she’s … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye View

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee is a fictional novel about Chinese-American sisters named Lucia and Miranda. It is a story about mental illness told by an omniscient narrator who offers insights on Lucia’s mental illness through the … Continue reading

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