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Southernmost Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206253
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 5th, 2018

This book does so many things right. The characters are well-developed and authentic, the plot is engaging and perfectly paced, and the message of acceptance and love is so perfect for right now.

God bless him, Asher does so many things wrong. He even has questionable intentions sometimes. His growth and redemption are just a joy to read. And Justin! He is his father's heart, the best of Asher incarnate. Can you tell I completely adored him? 

The secondary characters are also lovely, especially Bell. Besides just filling out the plot, they are genuine and likable. And I've never been to Key West, but I sincerely hope it's just the way House writes it. The landscape became a character that helped keep the plot's momentum going. 

A note: I think that this would be a great read for young adults as well, perhaps even high-achieving middle grades readers. - Angel


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ISBN: 9781616202620
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 3rd, 2018

Mike Munoz is striving for his piece of "The American Dream." But America is pushing back! How is a poor man, like Mike, supposed to get ahead whithout having to give in to the dishonest offerings placed before him?

Mike is a wonderful character; honest (to a fault), yearning, and ANGRY!


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ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

Alice wants a new start; a new husband, a new country (Morocco), and hopes to find a new confidence. However, her past seems to have followed (stalked?) her to this far away place...Lucy is here! Lucy - her college roommate, her best frind, and the person that Alice is convinced killed her last college boyfriend.

Twists & Turns Abound - Things are NOT as they appear...and no one will listen to Alice's warnings.



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ISBN: 9781250111777
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 20th, 2018

You do not want to cross Granny May. She is physically tough, fiercely loyal, and wicked smart. While I don't share her particular brand of morality, I certainly admire her integrity. Her grandson, Rory, is a more likable character, and the core of the plot is his story, a tragedy if ever there was one. To top it all off, "Gods" has one of the best endings I've read all year--unexpected but perfectly believable.

Fast cars, revenuers, a whorehouse, and a snake-handling preacher are somehow not cliche in Brown's hands. Although it has a terrific plot, it's the characters--their history, their struggles, their desires--that drive the narrative. It doesn't hurt that Brown's descriptive prose reads like poetry. Oh, and the length is just right, too. I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy this book!  - Angel

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ISBN: 9780989908740
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Published: Fish Out of Water Books - February 20th, 2018

Local author Frank Morelli has written a genuine novel about loyalty, self-reliance and love. Young adults will find a lot to identify with, though this book will appeal to older generations, too. It's wryly funny and so, so well-written.

A sense of authenticity in the aftermath of tragedy is the heartbeat of this wonderful, fresh Young Adult novel. Frank Morelli infuses honesty into each of the characters, most notably Gabe LoScuda, the protagonist, who is strong-willed and stubborn, yet painfully aware that he's in over his head.

The sudden death of his parents made him the default caregiver for his vulnerable grandfather, whom he has sworn to protect. Gabe has the extra burden of looking out for his hapless uncle, who is supposed to be looking out for Gabe. On top of all that, Gabe is--at eighteen--both an adult and an unpopular high school senior. --Laura

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ISBN: 9780692109106
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Published: Lucy Wellmaker - May 10th, 2018

This slender little book asks you to pay attention to the "WOW" moments in your own life, but it also shares 33 lessons from Wellmaker's own life. You can simply read, or you can choose to answer the insightful questions that make this book whatever you need it to be. Adaptable for just about anyone, it's a great way to get back in touch with what makes you say, "Wow!"

---- Angel

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ISBN: 9781328473011
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 8th, 2019

A life well lived, a love never forgotten, and a superb debut novel!


96 year old Doris often picks up her old red address book. She relives memories of all the people who meant something to her throughout her life. She has written down all her memories so that Jenny, her last living relative, will know the person she was in her youth, will know "the map" of her life. Jenny flies to Stockholm to be with her beloved "Dossie" because no one should die alone. Doris still talks about her one true love, Allan. Jenny has decided she will attempt to find this elusive, most beloved man; the one who loved her Dossie, and the one who broke her heart.

--- Michelle

Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375724831
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2000

I read this book only because I didn't bring a book for a long weekend with my husband and this was left behind at our vacation getaway. What a surprising discovery! The main character, Lionel, is such a treat. He is an orphan whose Tourette's shapes his thoughts and makes him such a delightful narrator. Think Dr. Seuss as mobster and you're close. The plot twists and turns, becomes absurd, straightens back out, and just generally keeps you guessing until the great reveal at the end. It's just a fun read. I'll loan you my copy if you want. 

--- Angel

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ISBN: 9780062689801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 12th, 2019

A family wrapped in feelings of hopelessness move to "Eventown." Here everyone and everything is even; no outrageous events, no frustration, no overwhelming emotions, school classes are always fun, adult jobs are very fulfilling, food is always yummy...As a matter of fact, everything is perfect, always! Elodee's family, including her twin Naomi, have fallen right in line in this new environment. But Elodee asks too many questions, and remembers too much, her emotions will not level out. What happens to the perfect town when an imperfect family move to town?


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ISBN: 9780062740373
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2019

World War lends itself to the vast array of characters that make up this novel.

The Russian navigator/ pilot - a member of an all woman bomber division. The British war correspondent - hopping from war  zone to war zone attempting to tell behind the lines truths, turned Nazi hunter after the war. The "Huntress"...a Nazi mistress and cold blooded, unflinching murderess.

The chase for the Huntress leads to the shores of America, where many Nazi war criminals take refuge; hiding in neighborhoods, starting a new life, and trying to stay under the radar of the Nazi hunters combing the globe for them.

Make sure to read the "Author's Notes."


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ISBN: 9780316419468
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Published: Redhook - March 19th, 2019

Barrie Ann Blythe & her aunt Charlotte seem to have the Blythe family women's "gift" - they know about events that have not happened yet, premonitions of a sort. The gift can be a blessing, but a curse as well. 

One evening, a baby is washed up on the shores of the river. This child also has a it seems the "Government Men" roaming the area are very interested in. Can Barrie Ann & Charlotte keep their "daughter" from the clutches of the government that has been concealing the "Roswell Aliens" from the country?

An interesting Story

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ISBN: 9780735221130
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2018

A sudden, unexpected phone call. A wreck that leaves her with amnesia. Karen Krupp is in a lot of trouble. Is she a murderer, a run away bride (from an abusive husband), or just a suburban wife in the wrong place at the wrong time?  

This story has many unexpected plot twists! Just when I THOUGHT I knew what the truth was - BAM - another twist! 

A Good Read...and the title chosen for the first meeting of the Sunrise Books "M3 Bookclub" (M3 = Murder, Mystery & Mayhem)