“The World We Found” by Thrity Umrigar

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The book takes places in India, and focuses on four university-educated women who have remained close friends. It is now thirty years later, one of them now lives in the United States, and is terminally ill. She wants to arrange a reunion with the others, and the book stresses the difficulty for the other three women of trying to plan such a trip against the traditional Indian culture. I enjoyed the book very much, but I think it ended too abruptly, and calls out for a sequel.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

Book CoverThis is the script of the new Harry Potter play which opened in London this summer. The story takes place about 20 years after the last Potter novel. The plot revolves around the misadventures of Harry’s son Albus and Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius. As the children’s good intentions go awry, the parents get involved to prevent the return of Voldemort.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

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This book is historical fiction that depicts the German occupation of France during World War II. It focuses on two sisters who, each in her own way, aids the Allied cause, despite great danger to herself and her family, if she is caught. The depictions of the devastation and hardship experienced by the French people, and the scenes inside the concentration camps, are brutal and heartbreaking. The book is very well-written, and an emotional powerhouse.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

“A House Full of Daughters: A Memoir of Seven Generations” by Juliet Nicholson

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Can you imagine knowing so much about the lives of your ancestors that you could write a book beginning four generations ahead of yourself? Juliet Nicholson comes from an upper class, partly aristocratic British family and she has many wonderful stories to tell! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the eccentric lives of her (writers, famed flamenco performer, trend setting gardener) forebears.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

“After the Fall” by Noah Hawley

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A young man and a 4 year boy he rescues are the only survivors of a private plane crash. The novel details the subsequent investigation as to what caused the crash as well as how the event then impacts the lives of the 2 survivors. This story gives an interesting take on how the media can warp the portrayal of actual facts.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5

“The Last Mile” by David Baldacci

Book CoverWhen a convict confesses to a bombing which occurred 20 years earlier for which another man was already convicted, Amos Decker and his fellow members of a special FBI task force open an investigation. As usual, Baldacci keeps the reader involved in the action from start to finish.

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

“The 15th Affair” by James Patterson

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Lindsay Boxer and her partner in the San Francisco police dept. investigate the murder of four people which may be related to the downing of a plane arriving in San Francisco from China. Matters become even more complicated when Lindsay learns her husband, who works for Homeland security, may also be involved in the case. This is the usual action packed Patterson story.

Evaluation: 4 out of 5