Category Archives: fiction

Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver

Willa thought her life was finally in order. Her husband, Iano, had tenure, and she had a job she loved with a magazine. But of course, that was not to be. The college closed, the magazine failed, and it was … Continue reading

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Unclaimed Baggage – Jen Doll

From the publisher, “Doris—a lone liberal in a conservative small town—has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to … Continue reading

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Through Darkest Europe – Harry Turtledove

The world is turned around, with Africa and the Middle East being well educated, liberal, rich. Europe is the backwater, full of extremists waging “holy wars”. Khalid al-Zarzisi, is a senior investigator, sent with his assistant, Dawud ibn Musa, a … Continue reading

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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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