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ISBN: 9781501196010
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 19th, 2019

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Queenie Jenkins, a 26-year old Jamaican British woman, begins to make questionable choices that effect her friendships, her job and her self-worth. After finally hitting rock bottom, Queenie, with the help of her friends, family and therapy, decides to change her way of life.
Easily comparable to Bridget Jones, Queenie examines more complex issues such as mental illness, racism, and relationships in a raw and honest way.  Queenie, as a character, is certainly flawed, but she is also a strong woman and it is her journey finding that strength that makes her relatable and real.
As an audiobook, there is no question that Shvorne Marks’ voice was meant to be Queenie Jenkins’. She was also able to make the other characters’ voices distinct and unique which gave depth to the listening experience.

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ISBN: 9781982102807
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Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2019

Told in a series of essays, Mary Laurap Philpott’s memoir recounts feeling lost and stuck in her “perfect” life after having accomplished all the things, she believed, would make her a well-rounded and happy adult. As she questions everything from her marriage to her parenting, her job to her art, we join her on her journey of identity crisis and re-adjustment. Told with wit, humor, thoughtfulness, and truth, Philpott welcomes us into her life, and makes you feel like you are sitting down with a good friend.

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ISBN: 9780385544252
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Published: Doubleday - June 25th, 2019

This is the story of a couple and their love story that spans nearly half a century. It is also the story of their four adult daughters, each with their own set of struggles, secrets and complicated interpersonal relationships. Each yearns to have the same perfect love story as their parents, but have mostly fallen short.  With the surprising arrival of one teenage boy, many old and new secrets are brought to light and everyone is forced to rethink who they are and their role within the family unit.
Claire Lombardo has written a wonderful portrait of the Sorenson family. Each character is written with complexity and honesty thus creating a relatable family with relatable issues that you want to see succeed.  This was a fantastic book.

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ISBN: 9781250301697
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Published: Celadon Books - February 5th, 2019

If you are in a reading slump and need a page turner with an unexpected twist, this is the book for you.
Alicia Berenson is accused of killing her husband, but she has not spoken a word since the murder.  Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who is determined to get her to talk again while also dealing with personal problems of his own.  Everyone seems guilty in some way, but the truth is truly unexpected.  Alex Michaelides keeps you guessing until the very end in his suspenseful debut novel.


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ISBN: 9780525622109
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 12th, 2019

Written as fiction but based on facts, this book is the story of Maud Baum, the wife of L. Frank Baum. the author of The Wizard of Oz. The book begins in Hollywood in the late 1930s as the movie is being made.  L. Frank Baum died twenty years earlier and Maud asserts herself onto the set as a consultant, determined to make sure that the movie stays true to her husband's words.  In the process, she meets Judy Garland for whom she immediately takes on a protective role as she discovers the disconcerting behind the scenes expectations of this young actress. The story alternates between the 1930s and the late 1800s when Maud is a young girl growing up surrounded by her mother, Mathilda Gage’s feminism. As we further learn about her life as a college student, a young newlywed, a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and as a woman juggling all of it at once, you see certain aspects of the Wizard of Oz slowly take shape.  It is not surprising that L. Frank Baum dedicated The Wizard of Oz to his wife.
This is great book and a fantastic portrayal of someone who played such an important role in an iconic piece of our culture. Whether you have read the book or seen the movie (or both!), this novel will make you want to curl up and enjoy it all over again.

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ISBN: 9780802129024
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Published: Grove Press - February 12th, 2019

This is a unique story that plays with time, reality, history and love in a way that I have never experienced before. Ben meets Kate at a party one night and they fall in love. Kate confides in Ben that she has had the same continuous dream since childhood where becomes Amelia and is transported into Elizabethan England. As she and Ben’s relationship grows, her dream becomes more and more real and begins to take over her life. She begins to notice that her actions in the past seem to change her present.  She starts to believe that she has these dreams because she is meant to change history in some way. As Kate's dream becomes more and more encompassing, Ben and her friends become more and more concerned for her. Ben is torn between staying with the woman he loves or detaching himself to save his well-being and future.  Beautifully written, Sandra Newman creates twists and turns that are unpredictable, and she does an incredible job taking the reader on this time and reality-bending journey.

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By Drew Daywalt, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484789698
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 11th, 2018

Kids and parents alike will be laughing at this relatable bedtime story. Rodrick is always procrastinating before going to bed (he even goes so far as to ask for a pony!), but when his parents give him Sleepy, a “goodnight buddy” meant to help him fall asleep, Rodrick is given a little taste of his own medicine. 


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By Tony Johnston, Amy June Bates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763679934
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Published: Candlewick - December 24th, 2018

As a daughter and a parent of young children, this book brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. It is a beautifully illustrated story of a mother and her son, whom she nicknames Lamb, through the passage of time. From Lamb's birth to his adulthood, you see how their relationship changes at different milestones in his life, yet no matter where they are in their lives, whether together or apart, they always have each other's loving hands to come home to. This may be a picture book but it could also be a great gift for any parent.

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ISBN: 9780545812573
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

How do you tell the world you aren't who they think you are?  George was born in a boy's body and doesn't know how to tell her family and best friend, that she is a girl.  When George's 4th grade teacher tells her class that they will be putting on a production of Charlotte's Web, George is determined to get the part of Charlotte because she thinks it is a first step in revealing her true identity to the world and finally having an opportunity to be herself in public. Despite the odds stacked against her, with the help of her best friend Kelly, to whom George finally tells the truth, there is a chance that George's wish still might come true.

This book is a well-written glimpse into the difficult life of someone wanting to be their true self when the rest of the world sees them differently.  From page 1 you can't help but root for George and her happiness.  (Ages 8-12)