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review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson Penguin/YA Release Date: March 19, 2009 Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and racked with guilt for […]

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review: Summer People by Brian Groh

Summer People: A Novel Brian Groh Harper Perennial/fiction Release Date: August 28, 2007 Nathan Empson has just accepted the most unusual summer job of his life. In exchange for serving as a “caretaker” for Ellen Broderick, the eccentric matriarch of an exclusive coastal community, he’ll earn a generous paycheck and gain access to one of […]

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review: How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (Main St. Book Club)

How Green Was My Valley Richard Llewellyn Touchstone Books/literary fiction Release Date:  1939 How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn’s bestselling — and timeless — classic and the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales […]

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review: A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar: A Novel Suzanne Joinson Bloomsbury USA/historical fiction Release Date: June 4, 2012 It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva’s motives are not quite as noble, […]

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review: The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

The Starboard Sea: A Novel Amber Dermont St. Martin’s Press/fiction Release Date: February 28, 2012 Jason Prosper grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing […]

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