All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr, 2014

This historical novel takes place during the occupation of France during the late stages of World War II. The two main characters, a blind French girl and a young German orphan, are on opposite sides in the conflagration that is destroying Europe. Doerr masterfully re-creates the deprived civilian conditions of war-torn France and the strictly controlled lives of the military occupiers.

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Joel Dicker, 2014

Swiss author, Joel Dicker makes his U.S. debut with an ambitious, multi-layered novel of suspense that's already an international bestseller.  Thirty-three years after 15 year old Nola Kerrigan disappears, author Harry Quebert is accused of her murder.  This novel is hard to put down.  It works as a crime story, a love story and as a critique of the art of the modern author.  Not to be missed!

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Life Drawing

Robin Black, 2014

This beautifully written novel unfolds as a an honest portrait of a woman, and a couple's life — Gus a painter and Owen a writer, have moved from the city to the country living a solitary life. Beneath the surface of their quiet lives lies the heavy truth of Gus's past betrayal, an affair that ended, yet quietly haunts them and their marriage. When Alison moves in next door, the lives of the three neighbors become tightly intertwined. The descriptions of the various emotions in this story are amazing and allow the reader to easily empathize with the characters as well as understand the dynamics of their relationships.

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Anna Quindlen, 2014

Rebecca Winter, a famous New York photographer, gives up city life for a cabin in rural New York State.  The book is a meditation on art, age and commercialism wrapped up in a delightful story which gives the reader a poignant glimpse into the inner life of a sixty year old woman delving into a journey of self-discovery.

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Lotus Eaters

Tatjana Soli, 2009

 This work of fiction illustrates the violence of the Vietnam War as witnessed by three interconnected photographers - two Americans and one Vietnamese.  It is a vivid depiction of war torn Vietnam, from the dangers of the field, where death can be a single step sway, to the emptiness of the Saigon streets in the final days of the American evacuation. Soli looks at the complex motivations and ambitions of the waves of American photographers who descended on Vietnam seeking glory and fame through their gut-wrenching photos.

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The Interestings


Meg Wolitzer, 2013

Six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts form bonds that carry them through adulthood.  Their bonds remain, but each changes substantially as they progress through middle age. The author explores the roles of talent, envy,  class, art, money and power and how all can shift over the course of a friendship and a life.

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