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Before, During, After

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Before, During, After by Richard Bausch.

Oceans of alcohol. Mountains of angst. Repugnant violence. Tedious secretiveness.

 

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Neverhome (Highly Recommended)

Neverhome by Laird Hunt

Tragic, brave, strong, secretly-female civil war soldier makes carnage compelling.

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A Man Called Ove (Highly Recommended)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Hilariously grumpy, deeply sorrowful, very good man. Marvelous silly metaphors. 

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How Not to Die (Non-fiction — Recommended)

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How Not to Die by Michael Greger, M.D.

Dense, heavily-annotated scientific argument for plant-based diet.  Few recipes provided.

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Lincoln in the Bardo (Audio Ed.)

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

Odd. Sometimes beautiful. Potpourri of monologues by bawdy, morose spirits.

Note (1): With 166 voice actors, featuring Nick Offerman and David Sedaris, the audio edition is the way to go with this one.

Note (2): Bardo is a type of Buddhist purgatory

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1984 (Highly Recommended)

1984 by George Orwell

Terrifying plausibility. One mind awakes, rebels against doublethink, suffers punishment.

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Big Little Lies (Recommended)

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Suspense, humor, female bonding: Delicious. Schoolyard politics, bullying adds depth.

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