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Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King

Nobody told me this isn't a Stephen King novel! Okay, so Mr. King wrote a thriller. He still does it better than most. However, he should stay far far away from fedora-wearing detectives and sex scenes and stick with what he does best. What would Annie Wilkes say?

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Go Set a Watchman: A Novel - Lee Harper

"For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. ... And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground." Isaiah:21

Go Set A Watchman shows the messiness of race relations in the South. It shows the historically accurate reasons for the Civil War and the aftermath that followed. The beloved Atticus Finch is a fictional character. He's not a superhero and he's not a god. He is a flawed character created by one of our great American authors. Who by the way also created another flawed character- Jean Louise Finch or "Scout". Instead of lamenting the fall of our fallen god, Atticus, why are we not celebrating the rise of the hero in this novel, Jean Louise, who dares to stand up and question the ways of the previous generation? The novel was written on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement. The problem is when we look at it through our more enlightened 21st century eyes. When we look at history, we tend to believe that necessary changes happened overnight. When we read this book, we see that the issues in the south were not so black and white.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Read for the third time. Gets better every time.

After Dark

After Dark - Jay Rubin, Haruki Murakami This is my first Murakami novel and I am hooked. Beautiful dialogue and cerebral characters. I am an instant fan.

Ordinary Grace: A Novel

Ordinary Grace: A Novel - William Kent Krueger

The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living

The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living - Lacey Sturm A must read for all young women.

Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century

Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century - John B. Thompson Great information, especially with the history of publishing.

The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird - James McBride James McBride's novel has been described as a modern day Mark Twain, but I would say he accomplished more than Twain by taking on both the heavy subjects of treatment of blacks as well as treatment of women. It's a perfect blend of history, humor, adventure, and tenderness. Reading it was like peeling back layers of an onion. Should be required reading.

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty - Diane Keaton Well, in my eyes Diane Keaton can do no wrong. This book is the closest thing to sitting down with Ms. Keaton over a cup of earl grey and one of those big cookies from Starbucks that are always stale so you just take one bite of it because the conversation is so much better. We talked about everything from turtlenecks to Alzheimer's to shopping with her daughter in Victoria's Secret. I think she's my spirit sister.

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (with 100+ endnotes)

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (with 100+ endnotes) - Jacob Riis, Richard Hoe  Lawrence, Henry G.  Piffard, Enzo Domínguez, Lorenzo Dominguez, Victor  Perard, W.T.  Fitler, Kenyon  Cox You can read it here:

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King Didn't contain the scare factor of The Shining, but the psychological elements were there tenfold. This is what was lacking in the movie. Doctor Sleep truly continued the story of the "shining".

Cupcake Queen (Kylie Jean)

Cupcake Queen (Kylie Jean) - Marci Peschke, Tuesday Mourning A good first chapter book.

Lulu Walks the Dogs

Lulu Walks the Dogs - Judith Viorst, Lane Smith A good early chapter book for those transitioning into longer books.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery So glad I didn't purchase this. That is all.

Every Day

Every Day - David Levithan Sad, but sweet and true. Perfect, unpretentious writing.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Enjoyed Looking for Alaska so much more.

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