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Book Review: Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Posted by Anissa Annalise on

Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Penguin Press

Summary:   Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a...

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Book Review: Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

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Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Random House


Summary:   Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. But two years later, she must return to...

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Book Review: Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

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Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau


Summary:  Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job - but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn't exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family's real-estate empire, only to find that he might not be...

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Book Review: Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

Posted by Anissa Annalise on

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Houghten Mifflin Harcourt


Summary:  A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family’s various catastrophes

Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to...

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Book Review: Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

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Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Hogarth


Summary:  A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the New York Times bestselling author of California.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She’s going to need a hand with her young...

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