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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

BETH'S REVIEW:

What an amazing story. It's the kind of story that you read, you sit back and digest and then you pick it back up and read it a second time because you know there is brilliance in the book you missed the first time. Deacon King Kong is the story of a beloved, cranky old man (Cuffy Lambkin) who is a deacon in his church and better known as Sportcoat. Let you think this is yet another story about a cranky old man a la Ove, not even close. Sportcoat has fallen into the bottle. His favorite is hooch is King Kong, brewed by his friend Hot Sausage. One day Sportcoat, drunk and on his way to one of his day jobs shoots the local drug dealer and former rising star pitcher Deems Clemens and then goes on his way. He remembers only arguing with his dead wife. What happens next is the fallout from that shooting. Set in Brooklyn in 1969.


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062941503
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Published: William Morrow - March 10th, 2020

SARA'S REVIEW

This book was something that got under my skin and honestly not in a good way. To read about this relationship between a student and professor was both interesting and difficult. The premise of the novel kept you waiting for more, to find out more of what happened. This novel is one that will be very popular on the shelves. It talks about a dark subject and almost brings some light into it. This book is really good and I will recommend this to my dark readers.


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The One and Only Bob Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062991317
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Published: HarperCollins - May 5th, 2020

JILL'S REVIEW

A precocious and big hearted Bob tells a witty and exciting story that dog and animal lovers will totally enjoy. This is a sequel to The One & Only Ivan, however, you don't have to read one to enjoy the other.


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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593135235
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 3rd, 2020

SARA'S REVIEW

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is definitely a book that will tug at your heart strings. This book is about coming back to life after something goes completely wrong. Lydia and Freddie think that love is indestructible, but all of that changes when Freddie gets into a car accident and passes away. So now Lydia has to find herself again and focus on how to live her new and upsetting life. Also the author of One Day In December.


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

DANI'S REVIEW

Spent most ot the day finishing this highly entertaining and unusual book! Just the funny engaging diversion I needed! What made his book even better for me? The story is about the 1989 Danvers High School Field Hockey Team. I graduated HS in 1991, so all of the references to this time period spoke to my own experiences in HS and I laughed at so much! It's such a quirky book - the crux of the story is that the players on the team begin making deals with some "otherworldly" force to help them win. But is it some outside power helping them or are they doing it themselves? Willpower vs. magic (or are they the same thing?!) Theres lots of fun in here - best if you are comfortable with dark comedy - but ultimately light hearted and uplifting. I don't want to give away too much because part of the fun for me was not knowing what I was in for and being on the edge of my seat - Lots of HS intrigue and suspense! A really fun trip down memory lane!