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Bob loves contemporary fiction augmented by an occasional mystery or science fiction novel. Non-fiction interests include physics, math, medicine, economics and anything by Malcolm Gladwell. When not watching ER or West Wing with Gayle, he indulges himself in Shakespeare, always willing to watch yet another version of Hamlet. And there's a dozen podcasts from NPR including Selected Shorts, Studio 360, On the Media, NYT Book Review, Writer's Almanac and the monthly short story from the New Yorker.

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The Man Who Came and Went : A Novel Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781947951389
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Published: City Point Press - March 1st, 2022

At the end of a bus line up from Phoenix lies a little town where Maybell’s Café is the only place to eat other than the quickie mart at the gas station. One morning during the breakfast rush, her temperamental cook tears off his apron and stomps out the door. A quiet young stranger walks over to the grill and takes over the flipping the eggs. He seems to have the ability to know what the customers want to eat before they order it! Wonderful chaos ensues, narrated by Maybell’s 16-year-old daughter. I couldn’t stop reading this novel except to occasionally dry my tears or recover from a fit of uproarious laughter.


Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004 to 2021 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385547482
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Published: Doubleday - March 1st, 2022


Atwood is brilliant--obviously, yes, but wonderfully so, nonetheless. These pieces took me to somewhere I have never traveled on the wings of a goddess. She informs, scolds, gives warnings, and inspires action. She talks about books she's written and books others have written. She speaks with authority and humility. I listen with awe and gratitude.


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We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635576412
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 17th, 2022


Spellbound! By the end of the first 2 or 3 pages, this novel of a Tibetan family fleeing from the Chinese army of occupation had me totally in its grip. I wanted to know more about the main characters and the minor ones; more about the country of the snow-capped Himalayas and its people. So well-written and insightful was this story, so movingly did the author combine humor, ethical dilemmas, and unpredictable plot twists, that it was nearly impossible to put it down until I'd reached the end.


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April in Spain Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335471406
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 5th, 2021

The husband, an aging pathologist, and his wife, whose family perished in the holocaust, are on holiday in a Spanish beach town. Their conversations could’ve been written by Aaron Sorkin or Nora Ephron. However, just before we meet them, we’re introduced to a freelance hitman who not only kills for a fee but takes great pride in his work. How these two storylines will cross is not immediately revealed, but we’re happy to wait since every page by this prize-winning author is such a pleasure to read.


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An Atlas of Impossible Longing: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451608625
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Published: Free Press - April 5th, 2011

The unforgettable characters in Ms. Roy’s novel span three generations. Like planets, asteroids and comets, they move on separate paths which, in time, inevitably cross, pulled to the center by the force of love of family, of truth, of beauty and, ultimately, by the force of romantic love. We would read this aloud to each other in the car, hardly able to wait for our next ride together while at the same time wishing the story would never end. The unforgettable characters in Ms. Roy’s novel span three generations. Like planets, asteroids and comets, they move on separate paths which, in time, inevitably cross, pulled to the center by the force of love of family, of truth, of beauty and, ultimately, by the force of romantic love. We read this aloud to each other in the car, hardly able to wait for our next ride together while at the same time wishing the story would never end.
 
 


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Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374603663
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021

Subtitled “An Essay on the Revival of America,” this is a short book modeled on pamphlets like Thomas Payne’s “Common Sense.” Packer doesn’t mess around but cuts to the core of what separates us Americans into rival clans and what it would take to break down the barriers between. He does this with wit by sharing personal experiences and brilliant insights. Packer’s writing is so relevant and moving that I went through The Last Best Hope non-stop -- well, almost, because there were times when I just had to pause, amazed at the impact of what I’d just read.