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Catherine Gilmore
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Either reading or not. But mostly...reading
Either reading or not. But mostly...reading

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Alva Smith brought the Vanderbilts the recognition they wanted from New York society. A Well-Behaved Woman is a new novel about the woman behind the money.

The Vanderbilt family is one of the great success stories in American history. Author Therese Fowler picks up the line with the third generation in her novel, A Well-Behaved Woman. The woman in question is Alva Smith—a 21-year-old with a perfect pedigree,…
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The Clockmaker's Daughter is a sprawling novel of mystery, history, and intrigue. Kate Morton carefully balances a lot of plot and numerous narrators for immersive fall reading.

Time passes differently when I’m alone in the house; I have no way of marking the years. I am aware that the sun continues to rise and set and the moon to take its place, bu I no longer feel its passage. Past, present, future are meaningless; I am outside…
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My top 10 list of long books I've read. Seven are the kind of reading where you can settle in and enjoy an amazing story and only three are not recommended.

For a lot of people, a book’s page count is enough to make or break the decision on whether to read or not. Not for me—I’m one of those book freaks who loves a book that counts as strength training every time you lift and lower it. There’s something about…
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Set in a small hard luck town in Minnesota, Virgil Wander is a novel of whimsy and darkness. It's the story of one man's life after he almost dies.

Greenstone, Minnesota is a hard luck little town. Once known for its taconite mines it has settled into a slow decline when Virgil Wander’s car goes over a cliff and into the lake one night in the midst of an unexpected snowstorm. He’s only alive because…
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Daniel hasn't seen his beloved daughter Susan in 40 years. In Gone So Long, a poignant and quiet novel, he tries to find a way to reconcile the past before it's too late.

Gone So Long is both the title and the main situation in this new novel from Andre DuBus III. Daniel Ahearn is dying of cancer. He lives a quiet life alone in a small New England town and works repairing fine furniture. Before he dies he is determined to…
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Jodi Picoult tackles a painfully timely subject in her new novel, A Spark of Light- about a hostage situation at an abortion clinic. No easy answers.

  Jodi Picoult is a seasoned pro at presenting both sides to highly charged and complicated issues—which is one of the reasons I love her books. She moves me out of my comfort zone and gives me perspectives that I might not come to on my own. Generally,…
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What a month! I read much less, but found some great, less publicized books that were exactly what I needed. Sadly, the end of the month has found me floundering as American politics have taken over. Despite knowing it would be difficult I felt I owed Dr.…
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Katerina is a novel of one writer's life in two parts- a young man in 90s Paris and L.A. now in successful midlife. All is good until his past finds him.

Last week I wrote about The Golden State, a novel that literally flowed, with very little punctuation or grammar, from the protagonist’s mind. Oddly, enough immediately after that book, I read James Frey’s Katerina and he utilizes the same style. The good…
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The Silence of the Girls is a compelling new novel about the Trojan War. Not about the men, but about Briseis, a queen captured by the Greeks.

Whether you read The Iliad in the original Greek, in an academic translation, or watched Brad Pitt and Eric Bana glisten as they warred on a sandy beach what everyone knows of the Trojan War is the men. And why not? It’s a story of men told by men. Author…
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In The Golden State, Daphne takes her 16-month-old daughter and heads to the country to clear her mind. Only it doesn't quite work that way.

At first glance, Daphne has a great life. She’s in her early thirties, lives in San Francisco, is mother to a beautiful 16-month-old daughter, Honey, and is happily married, with a job that may not be the most satisfying, but pays well. The only problem?…
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