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The Damage: A Novel By Caitlin Wahrer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593296134
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - June 15th, 2021

The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer is a beautifully written psychological thriller, which I read in one day. All thrillers have troubling storylines but the best ones have characters who are complex, and inspire your empathy. This one did that, and had lots of twists and turns, and an ending I never saw coming. It was a great read!


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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood By Cheryl Diamond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616208202
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 15th, 2021

Nowhere Girl by Cheryl Diamond is a memoir about her life with her family on the run internationally, covering her years from age 4 to 30, when she and her mother finally are able to escape the from her abusive and controlling father. The description of the loyalty to the abuser, and self loathing was very real. I often forgot it was non-fiction. It was an interesting read.


The Water Dancer: A Novel By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590610
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Published: One World - November 17th, 2020

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates was so good that I am speechless in its praises. Read it- you’ll see what I mean. My favorite read this year.


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ISBN: 9781501157523
Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 2021

This imaginative story is told by 15 year old Vera, daughter of Rose, a Madame in San Francisco during the wild days of the early 1900’s. Morie is paid to raise Vera with her own daughter. She is killed during the earthquake of 1906, and Vera and her step-sister Pie seek to find Rose who was in the part of town that was hardest hit. I liked this one.

The Stars Are Fire

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Submitted by Debbie Taylor on Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:01pm
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The Stars Are Fire: A novel By Anita Shreve Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385350907
Published: Knopf - April 18th, 2017

Character, plot, and setting all earn rave reviews from me in this book, which begins just before the 1947 fire that demolished many towns in Maine, including the one in which the main character, Grace Holland lives.  The description is brilliant of the unease,  concern, and terror experienced by town’s people as the fire grew .  The  plot contains real life issues and the characters are complex .  I read this one late into the night, because I loved it.

-Debbie Taylor,  Bar Harbor



The Book That Matters Most

Submitted by mcbs on Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:30pm
The Book That Matters Most: A Novel By Ann Hood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393241655
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 9th, 2016

The book club has each member choose the book that matters most. It is about childhood tragedy and personal loss, about resignation and hope. The last few chapters of the book are a total surprise, and catapult this novel into one of my favorites – compelling, complex, and delicious.

Watership Down

Submitted by mcbs on Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:26pm
Watership Down: A Novel By Richard Adams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743277709
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Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005

I loved Watership Down when I read it back in the early 70s. We all had great discussions about what it meant, and why. When I read that Richard Adams had died, I realized I had to read it again. The phrase “timeless classic” is perfect for this title. Read it again, or discover it now.