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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 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
Palm Beach, Finland
Antti Tuomainen - Apr 01, 2019 (first published in 2017)
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Jan Nyman, the ace detective of the covert operations unit of the National Central Police, is sent to a sleepy seaside town to investigate a mysterious death. Nyman arrives in the town dominated by a bizarre holiday village—the "hottest beach in Finland." The suspect: Olivia Koski, who has only recently returned to her old hometown. The mission: fi...
Bethanne Patrick
Oct 23, 2020
@dsaarinen @AlbaBrunetti I *loved* PALM BEACH FINLAND, love all of Anti Tuomainen's books.      source
New People
Danzy Senna - Jul 31, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, VOGUE, TIME MAGAZINE, NPR and THE ROOT Named A 2017 BEST SUMMER READ BY...
Bethanne Patrick
Sep 02, 2020
I too loved that book! And I recommend Jess Row's YOUR FACE IN MINE.      source
Your Face in Mine
A Novel
Jess Row - Aug 04, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A widely praised young writer delivers a daring, ambitious novel about identity and race in the age of globalization.   One afternoon, not long after Kelly Thorndike has moved back to his hometown of Baltimore, an African American man he doesn't recognize calls out to him. To Kelly’s shock, the man identifies himself as Martin, who was one of Kelly...
Bethanne Patrick
Sep 02, 2020
I too loved that book! And I recommend Jess Row's YOUR FACE IN MINE.      source
Full Tilt
Ireland to India with a Bicycle
Dervla Murphy - Dec 31, 2010 (first published in 1965)
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Based on her daily diary, this is Dervla Murphy’s account of her ride, in 1963, across frozen Europe and through Persia and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India, during one of the worst winters in memory. She has written other travel books, including In Ethiopia with a Mule....
Bethanne Patrick
Sep 02, 2020
Loved Mary's book! I want MORE. But I highly recommend FULL TILT: From Ireland to India on a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy.      source
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A Burning by Megha Majumdar
The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Insomnia by Marina Benjamin
The Patron Saint of Pregnant Girls by Ursula Hegi
These Women by Ivy Pochoda
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Chiffon Trenches by André Leon Talley
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink
Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit
Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz
We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
A Lady in Waiting by Anne Glenconner