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Judy's Picks

As readers we are all drawn to different aspects of a novel…one may be more drawn to a gripping plot line while another may gravitate toward really great writing and while both of these are very important to me it is the character development and the relationships between the characters that truly draw me in…characters you miss and can’t wait to get back to as you go through your day. That is what I hope to find in every new book I open.

 

Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525535287
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

I loved all the characters in this book! Jacqueline Woodson packs a real emotional punch in under 200 pages of beautiful prose. The love in this novel is palpable.


Monogamy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062969651
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Published: Harper - September 8th, 2020

This is an examination of the 30 year marriage of larger than life Graham and the more introspective Annie. By all appearances they are the perfect couple but we know appearances can be deceiving...these beautfully flawed human beings make us question what a perfect marriage actually is and isn't.


American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

A propulisve plot with unforgetable characters along with the controversial topic of immigration makes this a great read!


The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

The Overstory starts out with a series of short stories that will blow your mind as they introduce us to a wide varity of characters that come together in various ways in the 2nd half of the book. An incredible book!


Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

We follow Casey after the sudden death of her mother and loss of a lover as she makes her way in a new world without a plan but with a fierce dream of becoming a writer. You too will love her for her strength and her vulnerability.


The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

Winner of this year's Pullitzer Prize this is an astonishing novel based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children. The heart of this book is the friendship between Elwood and Turner - it will both give you hope and break your heart. This kind of emotional heft in just 225 pages is an incredibble achievement. Whitehead is a true master!


Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Reading this book got me out of my first period of coronavirus reader's block. There is nothing like a dose of Ann Tyler and her quirky characters to make you smile.


Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

Maggie O'Farrell got me out of my 2nd bout with coronavirus reader's block with her devastatingly beautiful novel of a family's loss in 15th century Britain. A small but powerful novel.


My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

I've loved all of Ruth Reichl's memoirs but none more than this beautiful book that takes us through her year after Gourmet suddenly closed its doors. With recipes throughout she tells of what helped get her through that difficult time. We cook from it often in our house.