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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222359
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Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

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Great Circle: A novel By Maggie Shipstead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525656975
Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

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Hamnet By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell, is an imagined telling of the lives of Shakespeare’s family who remained in Warwickshire while he was off producing plays in London. Little is known about them and O’Farrell imagines a credible and loving relationship between Agnes, his free spirited wife and healer, and their three children. Central to the novel is the death by plague of 11-year-old Hamnet and O’Farrell recounts in gorgeous language and prose the passion, grief, and ultimately reconciliation with this loss.

I recently Zoomed an interview of O’Farrell by author Jane Hamilton, who gives the novel high praise and feels MO has elevated her writing to a whole new plane. Having read all of MO’s works, including her memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am, I also believe it to be her best yet. JH described the cadence, or “music of the sentences” that makes the book such absolute joy to read. It is a rare book that captures your imagination; a book you wish never to end; a book you want to share; a book you will read again. Hamnet is that book. It is dangerous to assume others must love a book because you do, but trust me; immerse yourself in this exceptional work of imagination and for a few hours escape the troubled times in which we find ourselves. 

— Jean

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup By John Carreyrou Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525431992
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Published: Vintage - January 28th, 2020

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Send for Me: A novel By Lauren Fox Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947807
Published: Knopf - February 2nd, 2021

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A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom: A Novel By John Boyne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593230152
Published: Hogarth - August 11th, 2020

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Jack (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250832917
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Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021