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Us Against You – Fredrik Backman, translated by Neil Smith

It is summer in Beartown. The citizens are trying to come to grips with the impossible events of the previous winter, and they are doing pretty good. Until they learn that the hockey club is bankrupt and will be disbanded. … Continue reading

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Bob – Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Livy and her mom return to Australia to visit her grandmother. The last time she was there was five years ago, when she was just five.  She had met an odd creature near her grandmother’s well, took him back to … Continue reading

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The Eight Mountains – Paolo Cognetti

Pietro’s father loves the mountains as an escape from Milan. So one summer the family rents a little house in the village of Grana in the Dolomites. There his father would go into the mountains like a man on a … Continue reading

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The Emerald Circus – Jane Yolen (Intro by Holly Black)

Oh Boy!  I did love this book, in spite of the fact that only one of the stories , The Bird, is new. I just can’t get enough of Jane Yolen. Her stories are unique, from her quirky retelling of … Continue reading

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The History of Bees – Maja Lunde

From the publisher, “England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper … Continue reading

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The Doomed City – Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky (Translated by Andrew Bromfield)

  In the 1970s the Strugatsky brothers’ science-fiction novels were wildly popular in the USSR.  This novel was their favorite, but was so politically risky that it was kept secret and only published in the late 1980s, sixteen years after … Continue reading

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Paint Your Wife – Lloyd Jones

It all began when the men went off to war. Alma was one of the few males left in town. He was the teacher in the tiny school, wore an old straw hat and carried his tin case of pencils … Continue reading

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