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Why We Remember

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟➕ This brilliant book completely changed the way this reader will think about remembering. Written by a clinical psychologist who is also a neurologist, the author offers a sweeping perspective on memory : what it is and how it works (or why we remember); how we use memory to orient…

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Every Time I Go On Vacation Someone Dies

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 This charming cozy mystery is clever, engaging and a tweak on the typical murder-in-an-exotic-location trope. With the madcap moodiness, sinister undercurrent, and dreamy gelato-soaked Italian-esque setting of the fabulous (and slyly referenced) “White Lotus”, this story is coupled with main characters who are themselves mystery authors, including (and a…

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PageBoy

🌟🌟🌟🌟 “Can I be a boy?” A question asked by a six-year-old, born a girl, to their mother - without guile - rooted in an innocence that is devastating in its clear-eyed belief in a world that can simply make things right. A world that does not unfortunately, and in…

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The Graveyard Killings

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Gritty and dark, this fourth installment in the Yorkshire Murders series is my first by this author, working well as a stand-alone read. With shades of Ian Rankin, this is a world of drug lords and bosses, rival gangs and enforced loyalties, haves and have-nots, the universally-suffering arm of…

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I Send You a Hug

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 When Big Bear has to leave on a trip, it’s clear that being apart from Little Bear could be hard on them both. Faced with that situation, this sweet and loving book shows us solace, in all its many forms. Little Bear learns that his interactions with the world…

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Night Side of the River

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 A wonderful, brilliantly-written, and wildly eclectic collection of ghost-themed short stories, from one of my favorite authors, interspersed with several ghostly introspections based on her own real life experiences. The stories run the gamut from spine-tingling and sinister, to heartbreaking and grieving, all the way to downright reflective and…

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Still I Cannot Save You

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This candid and beautifully written memoir is a heartbreaking look at family, sisters in particular, and the healing we can and cannot do. As Kelly, an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, comes to terms with her relationship with her maddening, often dishonest and drug-addicted sister, Meghan, it’s not…

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Only If You’re Lucky

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Moody and evocative, this book is the very essence of a slow burn, best described, in the author’s own words, as a tantalizingly “slow simmer”, bubbling and congealing, before “morphing into a full-blown boil”. Margot, our first person POV, is a strange and disturbingly-repressed narrator. Revealing little, and concealing…

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Leaving

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 A beautifully-written, heartbreakingly twisty tale of star-crossed lovers, who may in fact, now get a second chance to be together, almost forty years after their original romance. Sarah Carson Blackwell is sixty-ish, divorced, with two grown children, and is long used to living alone. (Note: well, not quite alone,…

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