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If You Find This Letter: My Journey to Find Purpose Through Hundreds of Letters to Strangers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476784106
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Published: Howard Books - April 19th, 2016

For anyone, or the parents of anyone, struggling to find their way in the world. Read this book and understand that anything can happen and you don't have to have it all figured out right now. A very uplifting take-a-leap-of-faith kind of book that I cried and laughed through, but most of all totally connected with. Well worth the read! -Polly


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ISBN: 9781982107499
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Published: Gallery Books - February 11th, 2020

Sometimes fate is cruel, but true love will always endure. A beautiful and enthralling love story set against the political upheaval of iran in 1953 and present day New England. Unputdownable! -Polly


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Twenty-one Truths About Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250103482
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 19th, 2019

Loved this!! I connected with Dan on so many levels (especially the bookstore bits) and sobbed at his lessons for Cassidy at the end (I made my daughter read them too!). What a funny, captivating, and utterly relatable book. Read it now! -Polly


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Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

Things are not always as they seem. This story shows how one small misunderstanding or piece of misinformation can set off a totally unexpected chain of events. Written on many levels it took me a while to get into, but once I did I couldn't put it down, desperate to know how it all plays out in the end. -Polly


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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

Oh my goodness... I loved this book and so didn't want it to end. I came to care about these four children so much, and what family, love, friendship, and most of all, home meant to them. Beautifully written with the feel of a modern classic, it's an epic story! -Polly


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ISBN: 9780785221401
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Published: Thomas Nelson - July 9th, 2019

The story of 26-year-old Mia whose perfect life is suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside-down. She embarks on a humanitarian trip around the world to try and "make a difference." Things don't go the way she thought they would, but it turns out life has a way of pointing you in the right direction when you need it. -Polly


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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451491879
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Published: Berkley - July 9th, 2019

I loved spending time wiht this quirky bookworm! A light, entertaining read for anyone who would pick time on the couch with a good book over everything else! -Polly


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The Authenticity Project: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984878618
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 4th, 2020

How well do you know your neighbors? Your friends?  When was the last time you shared a deep truth about yourself?  This is the premise of this lovely, community feel-good story with endearing characters, a notebook, and unlikely friendships.  What's not to like?  Utterly endearing!    - Polly


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The Editor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525537960
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 2nd, 2019

A delightfully funny and, in the end, poignant story of a son and the fragile relationship he has with his mother. Featuring the inimitable Jackie Kennedy Onassis!! Have the tissues ready - you'll need them! -Polly


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Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385722438
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Published: Anchor - September 17th, 2002

An oldie but a goodie! If you like writing and words you will love this linguistic tour de force of a novel all centered around the immortal phrase "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog."

A very, very clever read! -Polly


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The Female Persuasion: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399573231
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2019

A book all about being a woman, friendship, mentoring others, and making your way in the world. Although set in 2006 and written a while ago, it is so relevant for today's women, especially in light of the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements. a must read for anyone interested in feminism, relationships, and life in general. -Polly


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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982102814
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

A memoir in short essays. Insightful, moving, laugh-out-loud funny, and so relatable that, at times, I thought she was writing about me! For "women of a certain age" this will have you shouting "yes, yes, yes... what she said!" Rest assured that whatever is going on in life, you're not alone. Delightful!! -Polly


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Before We Were Yours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425284704
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 21st, 2019

Although this is fiction, the story is based on horrifying and true events in the 1930s Memphis at the Tennessee Children's Home Society run by Georgia Tanu (a real person). Two stories (past and present) focusin on one fictional family forever changed by the actions of this dreadful woman. Heart-rending - I was shocked when I found it was baed on fact. Well worth the read. -Polly


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ISBN: 9780440000457
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Published: Berkley - January 8th, 2019

A quick, fun read full of family secrets, mysterious relationships, and mistaken identities. Set on the Norfolk coast of England and interweaving two time periods, this is an impressive debut novel, full of twists and turns that will have you up late at night to finish it! -Polly


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Ghosted: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522799
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Published: Penguin Books - May 28th, 2019

I loved this! It took a while to take off, but stick with it. An emotional love story about loss and second chances, with secrets and plot twists you won't see coming. Every time I thought I had it all figured out, I was wrong! If you want a captivating distraction, this is the book you want. -Polly


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Wonder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

This book is essentially aimed at tweens, but in my opinon, everyone should read it! It's the first book I've read from start to fnish in one sitting for a very long time. It touched me very much and made me laugh, cry, and wish I'd had a teacher like Mr Brown. Simply but beautifully written, and passes along a true lesson in compassion, acceptance, and understanding. -Polly


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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220690
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Eleanor has no filter - she is blunt... very blunt! She is the very definition of socially awkward. She exists by strict routine but doesn't "live." After she strikes up an unlikely friendship at work, slowly the underlying dark mystery of her traumatic past is revealed. Quirky characters and a plot where kindness wins the day makes a great read! -Polly


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ISBN: 9781250192035
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 2nd, 2020

A domestic thriller that starts off slowly but turns into a page turning, fast read that races to a climactic ending.  It had me guessing all the way to the end!
Try "The Other Woman" too - another gripping read by the same author.   - Polly


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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062976581
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Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

All humans must read this book.  It is very life-affirming and is nourishment for the soul.  I especially like the mole, he has a sound philosophy.  The illustrations are quite astonishing too.     - Jonathan (Polly's brother)


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

There is so much more to this book than just a good read.  A great story with an underlying and interesting social commentary that highlights issues around racism, feminism and privilege.  Very thought provoking - I couldn't decide who was right or wrong....can you?    - Polly


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

The story of two siblings, Danny and Maeve, and their unbreakable bond with the house they grew up in.  Full of family trials and tribulations, this is a truly absorbing read.  If you'd rather listen to it (ask us how) it's read by non other than Tom Hanks!  - Polly


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

It took me a while to actually pick up this book to read after all the hype and controversy surrounding it, but I am so glad I did.  An extraordinary, heart-stopping, page-turner of a NOVEL.  It had me on the edge of my seat constantly.  It is heartbreaking and thrilling at the same time. The opening chapter is horrifying but the need to follow the story of these characters and to find out what happens to them is compelling.  One of the best books I've read this year.            - Polly


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ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

This story is set in post civil war Spain during the dictatorship of General Franco.  I was transported to sun-drenched Madrid in 1957, as the story, told by two young protagonists from drastically different backgrounds, unfolds.  This is very well written, informative historical fiction that will appeal to both teens and adults.  I loved it!               - Polly


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