#TheCuriousCharmsofArthurPepper by #PhaedraPatrick

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#TheCuriousCharmsofArthurPepper by #PhaedraPatrick
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This book was an absolute delight to read! I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially for those who are fans of #gentlefiction.
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Arthur Pepper is a widower whose wife passed a year before the story really gets going. Miriam Pepper had been, according to all who knew her after she wed Arthur, a simple, kind, gentle woman.
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Arthur, however, while cleaning out her things, comes across a small heart shaped box stuffed deep into the toe of one of Miriam’s boots. Inside this box is a gold charm bracelet, hung with several lovely charms, including an emerald-bearing elephant with the tiniest engraving of a phone number in India.
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Arthur, stunned by the obviously expensive bracelet, wonders how his wife had come by it, and why she’d kept it hidden from him during their 40 year marriage. He calls the phone number in India, and what ensues is a rollicking, hilarious, touching, and above all deeply human globe-trotting adventure into the very heart and soul of his beloved Miriam.
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READ THIS BOOK if you’re a human being with feelings. Trust me.
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#GoodRiddance by #ElinorLipman

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#GoodRiddance by #ElinorLipman
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Daphne Maritch, following the advice of a decluttering guru, tosses out her dead mother’s treasured yearbook after moving to a new apartment. Geneva Wisenkorn, an extraordinarily annoying neighbor, finds it and declares her intention to make a documentary about it.
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Daphne’s mother, June, had made hundreds of notes about students in the yearbook during her long career as the yearbook advisor at Pickering High School. Most of the notes are not exactly flattering.
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From there, the novel delves deeply into secrets, revelations, heartbreaks, and healings as Daphne discovers not only her mother and father, but also herself. Very good read.
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#SummerOfAThousandPies by #MargaretDilloway

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#SummerOfAThousandPies by #MargaretDilloway
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Cady Bennett is the child of a widower who is suddenly incarcerated, causing the system to place 12 year old Cady into the care of her aunt, her mother’s sister Michelle. Up to this point, Cady’s father’s addictions and bizarre religious beliefs have meant that Cady has spent the majority of her life either homeless or living in seedy motels.
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All this changes drastically as Cady lives with her aunt and her aunt’s partner Suzanne. Cady meets and becomes fast friends with a family of illegal immigrants who are basically being sheltered by Michelle. Cady also becomes proficient at baking pies, as her aunt teaches her baking skills. She gains calmness from the very act of baking.
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Wrenchingly timely, this beautiful book (dedicated “to DREAMers everywhere”) is a richly textured feel-good read. Yes, it’s classified as Juvenile Fiction, but trust me, look beyond that.
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#OneDayShellDarken by #FaunaHodel

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#OneDayShellDarken by #FaunaHodel
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This review is for the Kindle edition. I could barely get through this travesty of a book. It allegedly tells the true story of Fauna Hodel, granddaughter of the infamous Dr George Hodel who was a suspect in the #BlackDahlia case. The book is the “inspiration” for the TV show “I Am the Night.” Dr George Hodel barely comes into the narrative at all until over two thirds of the way in.
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The book is told by Fauna in the third person. She spends years looking for her birth family and then, when she finds them, proceeds to ignore them completely for years until she decides she’s obsessed with them (and their oft-mentioned wealth) after all.
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The book is an absolutely shameless money grab, and the TV series is definitely not recognizable at all in its pages. As for the Kindle edition specifically? Barely edited, dozens and dozens of mistakes and typos throughout (enough to seriously tick me off). Things like “passed” instead of “past” (every single time throughout), “could/would/should of” instead of “could’ve etc), bizarre capitalization errors, etc.
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Don’t waste your time. If you’re interested in a sensationalist take on the whole thing, watch the really good (but almost completely fictional) TV series instead.
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#Eileen by #OttessaMoshfegh

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#Eileen by #OttessaMoshfegh
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This book absolutely drained me. It was at times, to be brutally honest, like reliving my childhood and youth. For me, a great part of this book could have come from my own teenaged diary. By the end, I was emotionally and spiritually exhausted. And I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Eileen is the main character, telling a tale set in the year I was born, 1964, but telling it from the viewpoint of today. She lives with her alcoholic ex-cop father in fairly squalid conditions. She works at a nearby juvenile detention facility.
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Rebecca Saint John is hired as a counselor at the detention facility, and Eileen soon enters into a friendship with her. The cover blurb calls their friendship Hitchcockian, and that’s pretty dead on.
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I won’t give away any spoilers, but this is one hell of a good read.
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#SweetTeaAndSympathy by #MollyHarper

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#SweetTeaAndSympathy by #MollyHarper
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I didn’t grow up in the South but my father was born and raised in Georgia, so this book really caught my eye, and I’m so glad it did! I did NOT want to leave the world of the McCready clan!
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Margot Cary finds herself back in a place she left as a child, when her mother took her and moved away from her alcoholic father. The tiny town of Lake Sackett, Georgia, is where her roots are, and when the family business (McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop) has need of her, she reluctantly leaves Chicago for the South.
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Margot soon falls, hard, for the local school principal, Kyle Archer, a widower with two adorable daughters. Complications, of course, ensue.
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Beautifully written, gorgeously descriptive, this book is not to be missed.
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#TheGlovemaker by #AnnWeisgarber

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#TheGlovemaker by #AnnWeisgarber
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A faith-filled, slow burn of what I can only describe as a cozy thriller. If #cozythriller isn’t an actual genre yet, it should be.
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I’m not a Mormon though I have nothing at all against the LDS church. The majority of the characters in this book, set in 1887-8, follow, more or less, the Mormon faith. The 8 families in the real (but here used fictionally) town of Junction, UT, are a tight knit community, with a known secret that a few among them help men with plural wives evade the law.
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The main character, Deborah Tyler, is a childless wife whose husband is a traveling wheelwright and thus not home when trouble literally knocks on his wife’s door. It’s deep winter, and the man Deborah reluctantly helps is, she believes, on the run for having more than one wife.
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I don’t think I can say much more without massive spoilers, so I’ll stop there. A wonderful read.
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