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Karen Rivers

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Karen Rivers is the author of many award-winning books for children and teens, including The Girl in the Well Is Me. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her children.
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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Melissa Bank - 2000-05-01 (first published in 1998)
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Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, and relationships as well as the treacherous waters of the workplace. With an unforgettable comic touch, Bank skillfully teases out issue...
Karen Rivers
@jamiattenberg Oh no! I absolutely loved that book. How sad.      source
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We're All in This Together
Amy Jones - 2016-06-07
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A woman goes over a waterfall, a video goes viral, a family goes into meltdown -- life is about to get a lot more complicated for the Parker family.Like all families, the Parkers of Thunder Bay have had their share of complications. But when matriarch Kate Parker miraculously survives plummeting over a waterfall in a barrel -- a feat captured on a ...
Karen Rivers
@amylaurajones One of my favourites! And one of very few books I've re-read more than once. Love it every time!      source
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A Novel
Louise Nealon - 2021-09-14
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A Novel for a GenerationEighteen-year-old Debbie White lives on a dairy farm with her mother, Maeve, and her uncle, Billy. Billy sleeps out in a caravan in the garden with a bottle of whiskey and the stars overhead for company. Maeve spends her days recording her dreams, which she believes to be prophecies.This world is Debbie's normal, but she is ...
Karen Rivers
Currently Reading: Listening to: The Less Dead (@DameDeniseMina) - so compelling, have walked miles to not stop listening, also narrator has delightful accent. Reading: Snowflake (@Louise_Nealon) Totally wonderful, stayed up until 4am reading (with an accent in my head).      source
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Fierce Kingdom
A Novel
Gin Phillips - 2018-07-24 (first published in 2017)
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One of the New York Times Book Review's Best Crime Novels of 2017 "Warning: you'll finish this in one sitting." --TheSkimm"Expertly made thriller . . . clever and irresistible." --The New York TimesAn electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to protect him.The zoo is nearly empt...
Karen Rivers
This book is the gold standard of "I stayed up all night to finish this" books so you should buy it and read it tonight.      source
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The House That Wasn't There
Elana K. Arnold - 2021-03-30
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Award-winning author Elana K. Arnold returns with an unforgettable story of the strange, wondrous threads that run between all of us, whether we know they’re there or not.Alder has always lived in his cozy little house in Southern California. And for as long as he can remember, the old, reliable, comforting walnut tree has stood between his house a...
Karen Rivers
Oh, this is making me so happy and filling my heart with joy. This book! <3 via @publisherswkly      source
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Leave the World Behind
A Novel
Rumaan Alam - 2020-10-06
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A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrongAmanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home ...
Karen Rivers
@gamedev_fitness @Rumaan I still think about this book at least once a day and I read it a couple of months back. It sticks with me!      source
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A Novel
Ling Ma - 2019-05-07 (first published in 2018)
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Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Ch...
Karen Rivers
@gamedev_fitness I absolutely loved Severance when I read it ages ago, I can't imagine how surreal it was to read it DURING the pandemic. This is one of the books I always recommend when people ask me for book recs.      source
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Brave in the Woods
Tracy Holczer - 2021-01-05 (first published in 2020)
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Critically acclaimed Tracy Holczer returns with a heartrending tale about a girl descended from the Grimm brothers who sets out to break what she thinks is a family curse.Twelve-year-old Juni is convinced her family is cursed. Long ago, her ancestors, the Grimm Brothers, offended a witch who cursed them and their descendants to suffer through their...
Karen Rivers
While I'm shouting about miraculous books, don't sleep on this magnificent, powerful, emotional, satisfying gem from @TracyHolczer. It's so beautiful and honest and *great*. You will love it!      source
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You Love Me
A You Novel
Caroline Kepnes - 2021-04-06
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The highly anticipated new thriller in Caroline Kepnes's hit You series, now a blockbuster Netflix show...Joe Goldberg is back. And he's going to start a family - even if it kills him.Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he's saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cozy island in the Pac...
Karen Rivers
Just finished Caroline Kepnes' YOU LOVE ME and ooooh boy, can't wait to watch the Netflix version of this one! If you loved the first two, you'll love the third, too. Joe is just so unfailingly JOE. Coming to a bookstore near you April 2021. (@NetGalley)      source
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