Waiting (Recommended)

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Waiting by Ha Jin.

Decades of longing. Men kinda suck. Love under socio-political oppression.

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Bird Box (Book) (Highly Recommended)

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman.

Unbearable tension. Story of strength, impossible challenges, horror, not explanations.*

*There is a sequel to the book in process, titled Malorie.

A Note on the Audio – It’s not Sandra Bullock and you will be disappointed. The scared little-girl voice does not do Malorie justice.

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Reading Like a Writer (Non-fiction, Recommended)

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Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose.

Highlights the stylistic quirks, techniques, and instincts of great fiction-writing.

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan.

Standard issue murder mystery with flaws in plot and character.

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin.

Sad, beautiful Babe Paley exploited by Capote and this author.

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The Blue Hour (Highly Recommended)

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The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett.

Inner lives, yearnings gorgeously revealed one person at a time.

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The Witch Elm (Highly Recommended)

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The Witch Elm by Tana French

Socio-psychological depth elevates dark, hot-blooded mystery. Least reliable narrator ever.

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