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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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Red Island House
A Novel
Andrea Lee - Mar 23, 2021
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Shay is surprised when her husband Senna declares his intention to build her a spectacular dream house on an idyllic beach in the tropical island nation of Madagascar.But the Red Island House casts a spell from the moment she sees it, and before she knows it Shay has become the somewhat reluctant mistress of a sprawling household, caught between he...
Bethanne Patrick
Aug 06, 2021
@KaminskiTheresa Fascinating book, enjoy!      source
The Other Americans
A Novel
Laila Lalami - Mar 17, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Late one spring night in California, Driss Guerraoui--father, husband, business owner, Moroccan immigrant--is hit and killed by a speeding car. The aftermath of his death brings together a diverse cast of characters: Guerraoui's daughter Nora, a jazz composer returning to the small town in the Mojave she thought she'd left for good; her mother, Mar...
Bethanne Patrick
Aug 06, 2021
@pkhorn @RRRDonner @LailaLalami @PantheonBooks LOVE LOVE LOVE that book.      source
The Cheffe
A Cook's Novel
Marie NDiaye - Oct 29, 2019 (first published in 2016)
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From the Booker Prize-nominated author of Three Strong Women: an elegant, hypnotic new novel about a legendary French female chef—the facts her life, the nearly ineffable qualities of her cooking, and the obsessive, sometimes destructive desire for purity of taste and experience that shaped her life.Continuing her tradition of writing provocative f...
Bethanne Patrick
Jun 24, 2021
@logotrix @raviddice I loved that book so much. Also, I need to read the new Slimani.      source
The Known World
Edward P. Jones - Sep 01, 2003
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Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor—William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation—as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia, succum...
Bethanne Patrick
Jun 04, 2021
@Rachelrooo Better late than never, what an amazing amazing book.      source
The Book of V.
A Novel
Anna Solomon - May 05, 2020
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Anna Solomon's kaleidoscopic novel intertwines the lives of a Brooklyn mother in 2016, a senator’s wife in 1970s Washington, D.C., and the Bible’s Queen Esther, whose stories of sex, power and desire overlap and ultimately converge—showing how women’s roles have and have not changed over thousands of years.Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a sec...
Bethanne Patrick
Jan 19, 2021
@rubyornotruby THE BOOK OF V by Anna Solomon. VERY different but very interesting: A BEAUTIFUL CRIME by Christopher Bollen. GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernardine Evaristo.      source
A Beautiful Crime
A Novel
Christopher Bollen - Jan 28, 2020
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From the author of The Destroyers comes an "intricately plotted and elegantly structured" (Newsday) story of intrigue and deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a risky con.“Stylish… a compelling take on the eternal question of how good people morph into criminals. Terrific.”—People,...
Bethanne Patrick
Jan 19, 2021
@rubyornotruby THE BOOK OF V by Anna Solomon. VERY different but very interesting: A BEAUTIFUL CRIME by Christopher Bollen. GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernardine Evaristo.      source
Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo - May 02, 2019
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Joint Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2019Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhoodGirl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through t...
Bethanne Patrick
Jan 19, 2021
@rubyornotruby THE BOOK OF V by Anna Solomon. VERY different but very interesting: A BEAUTIFUL CRIME by Christopher Bollen. GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernardine Evaristo.      source
Us Against You
A Novel
Fredrik Backman - Mar 05, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown returns with an unforgettable novel.Have you ever seen a town fall? Ours did.Have you ever seen a town rise? Ours did that, too. A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don’t expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how ...
Bethanne Patrick
Jan 19, 2021
@DavidAOlson1 Hello there, I said I'd give book recs -- not sure if I can offer explanations for reading habits. That said? THEN WE CAME TO THE END is so, so, so good. Haven't read that Backman yet but I did enjoy US AGAINST THEM. Re the Wilson, almost sent that as rec to @7StoriesPress!      source
Then We Came to the End
A Novel
Joshua Ferris - Feb 26, 2008 (first published in 2007)
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No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best, coping with a business downturn in the time-hono...
Bethanne Patrick
Jan 19, 2021
@DavidAOlson1 Hello there, I said I'd give book recs -- not sure if I can offer explanations for reading habits. That said? THEN WE CAME TO THE END is so, so, so good. Haven't read that Backman yet but I did enjoy US AGAINST THEM. Re the Wilson, almost sent that as rec to @7StoriesPress!      source
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson - Sep 29, 2015 (first published in 1955)
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"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fan...
Bethanne Patrick
Dec 03, 2020
@patricknathan Always and forever: HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON. Because I wanted to keep turning pages in that book. It made me hope I could one day get people to do that same. And yes, it took from age four to age ::mumblemumble::      source
The Butchers' Blessing
Ruth Gilligan - Nov 10, 2020
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Every year, Úna prepares for her father to leave her. He will wave goodbye early one morning, then disappear with seven other men to traverse the Irish countryside. Together, these men form The Butchers, a group that roams from farm to farm, enacting ancient methods of cattle slaughter.  The Butchers’ Blessing moves between the events of 1996 and t...
Bethanne Patrick
Nov 10, 2020
@robspillman I love this book!      source
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