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Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic who blogs as The Book Maven. A graduate of Smith College with a master's from the University of Virginia, she hosts an online author interview show for PBS affiliate WETA
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The City We Became
A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy (1))
by N. K. Jemisin (Mar 24, 2020)
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Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.But every city als...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
6. (Please see previous thread for #1-5) If you're looking for fiction that speaks to the present moment, THE CITY WE BECAME by N. K. Jemisin is for you. The soul of New York tries to speak, trying to alert inhabitants to. . . What, exactly? The first volume in a trilogy. WOW.     source
Deacon King Kong
A Novel
by James McBride (Mar 03, 2020)
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From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, an...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
8. Another book I can't sing the praises high enough for is DEACON KING KONG by James McBride. Brooklyn, 1969, The Cause projects, a black church deacon nicknamed "Sportcoat," his loyal pal Hot Sausage, a melancholic mobster called The Elephant, and hidden treasure. READ IT!     source
A Lady in Waiting
by Anne Glenconner (Oct 17, 2019)
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An extraordinary memoir of drama, tragedy, and royal secrets by Anne Glenconner--a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. As seen on Netflix's The Crown. Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Prin...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
4. LADY IN WAITING by Anne Glenconner is the treat you've been seeking if you wish "Downton Abbey" had a new season. Glenconner, one of Queen Elizabeth II's longest and most loyal attendants, spills little royal dirt but dishes plenty on her own fascinating, tragic life.     source
The Mountains Sing
by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Mar 17, 2020)
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An epic account of Viet Nams painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling . . . Moving and riveting. VIET THANH NGUYEN, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lees Pachinko or Yaa Gyasis Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratners In the Shadow of the Banyan, The...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 26, 2020
One of my fave books of March!     source
The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich (Mar 03, 2020)
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Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrichs  grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant pr...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
1. I can't say enough good things about THE NIGHT WATCHMAN by Louise Erdrich. I think her personal connection (the protagonist is based on her grandfather) has made this one of her finest novels.     source
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home
A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
by Joseph Fink (Mar 24, 2020)
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! and the creators of the hit podcast, comes a new novel set in the world of Night Vale and beyond.In the town of Night Vale, theres a faceless old woman who secretly lives in everyones home, but no one knows how she got there or where she came from...until now. Told...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
9. Perhaps The Night Vale Novels will be too quirky for you. They aren't for me, and the new one is called THE FACELESS OLD WOMAN WHO LIVES IN YOUR HOME. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor kill me, they absolutely kill me with their wordplay, sleight-of-word, prestidigidictation.     source
Sharks in the Time of Saviors
A Novel
by Kawai Strong Washburn (Mar 03, 2020)
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"Sharks in the Time of Saviors is the story of a family, a people, and a legend, all wrapped in one. Faith and grief, rage and love, this book pulses with all of it. Kawai Strong Washburn makes his debut with a wealth of talent and a true artist's eye." --Victor LaValle, author of The ChangelingIn 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
2. SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS by Kawai Strong Washburn is the early-spring surprise debut you didn't know you needed, the story of a family whose children choose different paths from Hawaii to the mainland--but all of whom are touched by supernatural events.     source
How to Be an Artist
by Jerry Saltz (Mar 17, 2020)
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"Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. . . . This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath." Steve Martin Art has the power to change our lives. For many, becoming an arti...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
5. HOW TO BE AN ARTIST by Jerry Saltz might be the most important book to read *right now* if you're a creative of any sort. Saltz, senior art critic at New York magazine and Pulitzer winner in criticism, shows why art truly is 99% perspiration and just 1% inspiration.     source
The Chiffon Trenches
A Memoir
by André Leon Talley (May 19, 2020)
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During André Leon Talley's first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild's Women's Wear Daily...
Bethanne Patrick
Jun 19, 2020
@SusanMacNeal @OfficialALT LOVE THAT BOOK, even the parts that are repeated from A.L.T. So unflinching.     source
We Ride Upon Sticks
A Novel
by Quan Barry (Mar 03, 2020)
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From the author of the widely acclaimed She Weeps Each Time You're Born comes a new novel, at once comic and moving. Set in the coastal town of Danvers, Massachusetts (which in 1692 was Salem Village, site of the origins of the Salem Witch Trials), it follows the Danvers High field hockey team as they discover that the dark impulses of their Sa...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
3. Another debut: WE RIDE UPON STICKS by Quan Barry. Stir together one public-school varsity field hockey team (girls, duh; it's the US), a spooky corner of Massachusetts, and the late 1980s and you'll have the starter for Barry's unusual, feminist coming-of-age saga.     source
The Uncommon Reader
A Novella
by Alan Bennett (Sep 30, 2008)
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From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of readingWhen her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Com...
Bethanne Patrick
Jun 26, 2020
@rmcoker Such a delightful book. Wise, too.     source
Beheld
by TaraShea Nesbit (Mar 17, 2020)
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One of Vogue's Most Anticipated Books of 2020From the bestselling author of The Wives of Los Alamos comes the riveting story of a strangers arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Massachusettsand a crime that shakes the divided community to its core.Ten years after the Mayflower pilgrims arrived on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the ...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
10. Oh, BEHELD by TaraShea Nesbit, my fave historical of March: Welcome to Plymouth, Massachusetts, one that is nothing like the jolly Pilgrim colony of your elementary-school knowledge. And, of course, it has the best plot: A stranger comes to town.     source
Separation Anxiety
A Novel
by Laura Zigman (Mar 03, 2020)
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From bestselling author Laura Zigman, a hilarious novel about a wife and mother whose life is unraveling and the well-intentioned but increasingly disastrous steps she takes to course-correct her relationships, her career, and her belief in herselfJudy never intended to start wearing the dog. But when she stumbled across her son Teddys old baby sli...
Bethanne Patrick
Mar 24, 2020
7. SEPARATION ANXIETY by Laura Zigman steals your heart so quickly you may not even realize you're reading. You'll just be living, living inside the world of a middleaged woman named Judy whose existence is not what she hoped it would be, But maybe it's more than she expected?     source