Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

If you’re a Jennifer Egan fan, you’ve already heard that this book is a bit different from her others, in that it’s traditional historical fiction. If you loved Goon Squad, this book isn’t anything like that one, but don’t let that keep you from reading it. Manhattan Beach tells the story of Anna, who grows … Continue reading

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Review of Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the Disney Book Group.  The book will be released September 10, 2013. Rose Justice is a nineteen year old American pilot who is ferrying Allied fighter planes in Britain for the Air Transport Auxiliary Service.  Rose is young enough that, unlike her fellow … Continue reading

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Review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

I’ve had kind of a mental block about writing this review, which is strange.  I often wake up with a review in my head and putting it on paper is easy.  I think it’s because I liked this book, but I suspect it’s a great book and I’m not sure I gave it that level … Continue reading

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Review of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Note: The Book Stop is on vacation!  This post was written in advance.  But please feel free to comment. This was my second book by Haruki Murakami, and it blew me away.  There’s so much in this book, I don’t know where to start. Last year I read Norwegian Wood, which was very good.  I … Continue reading

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Review of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life is one of those books that’s hard to review.  It’s a challenging read and it’s got glowing critical reviews.  I’m a big fan of Kate Atkinson, so I expected to like it, and I did.  Be warned though, it’s quite a departure from her other books.  This is a book that combines … Continue reading

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Review of How Angels Die by David-Michael Harding

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.  Historical fiction, French Resistance, female spies.  What’s not to like? In a word, WOW.  This was a Made-Me-Miss-My-Metro-Stop kind of book.  Literally – and I can’t remember the last time that happened. Honestly, I went into this book with … Continue reading