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Cuckoo Earth Cloud by Anthony Doerr
From Mamie: “Three stories linked by the mythical quest of a man named Aethon: Constantinople of 1400, present-day Idaho, and a futuristic voyage of a ship called the Argos! Suspense and adventure! The beautiful handwriting that we admired in All the light that we can’t see! An excellent book to fall in and emerge in a fog of wonder! That gushing sound you hear? Not the stunt of your dream vacation, but me continuing to talk about this amazing book. I’m telling you: this is the one you need to put on your list.

Perplexity by Richard Pouvoirs
Sarah says: “If you loved The story, get ready for a very different Richard Powers story with a main cast of just three: Father Theo, Son Robin, and their memory of their wife and mother, Alyssa. But even with a small cast, Powers delivers an imaginative and ambitious story that spans galaxies, delves deep into the human brain, and makes people care deeply about this family who is contested on all fronts but ready to take big. risks.

Harlem Shuffle

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and Nickel boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, clashes and scams set in Harlem in the 1960s. It’s a family saga disguised as a detective story, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power , and finally a love letter to Harlem. But above all, it’s a joy to read, another dazzling Pulitzer Prize novel and National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead.

Beautiful people, where are you by Sally Rooney
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young, but life catches up with them. They desire each other, they delude themselves, they reunite, they separate. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before darkness, testifying to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

The whole

The whole by Dave Eggers
When the world’s largest search engine / social media company, The Circle, merges with the dominant e-commerce site on the planet, it creates the richest and most dangerous – and, oddly enough, the most beloved – monopoly. never known: the Every. Delaney makes his way to an entry-level position with one goal in mind: to bring down the business from within. Dotted with unforgettable characters and heartbreaking settings, The Every mixes satire and terror, while keeping the reader in suspense on the fate of the company and the human animal.

crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
In crossroads, Franzen ventures into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, it evokes a world that resonates powerfully with our own. A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, much of its action taking place over a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal time of moral crisis.


Matrix by Lauren Groff
Driven from the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too rude and roughly cut for marriage or court life, Marie de France was sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, her nuns on the edge of the river. famine and plagued by disease. Equally sensitive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix brings together currents of violence, sensuality and religious ecstasy in a fascinating portrait of all-consuming passion, aberrant faith and a woman through and around whom history moves. Lauren Groff’s new novel is a provocative and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupt world.

The magician by Colm Toibín
From Mamie: “I was totally engrossed in the story of Thomas Mann as he faced the challenges of being German during WWII. Tóibín provides detailed portraits of the Manns as each of them found their place in the resistance to the rise of the Nazis. It is by no means a page-turner, but a book to be savored with its beautiful handwriting and its intimate look at this famous family. Mann’s relationship with his wife and children, his bisexuality, his continued commitment to his writing as the world collapsed around him and the political turmoil of the time both abroad and in the United States. add up to fascinating reading.

Lincoln Highway

Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Sarah says, “Towles takes us on a road and rail trip across America in 1954, following a character cast that includes a precocious 8-year-old, a Korean War veteran, escapees from prison, an eccentric professor and many others who bring that. period in America keenly to life. If you crash together Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Brother, Where Are You ?, Cool Hand Luke, and The Wizard of Oz with the dizzying pace of a Dickensian diary soap opera, you’ll get a taste of Lincoln Highway. And, please hurry up and read – I can’t wait to discuss the ending.

Ah Guillaume! by Elizabeth Strout
Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple counts where they came from and what they left behind. Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a difficult man to read. William, she admits, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have stayed connected after all these years. At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a deep and lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. “That’s the way of life,” says Lucy, “the many things we don’t know until it’s too late.”

The phrase

The phrase by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich’s latest novel questions what we owe to the living, to the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent Minneapolis bookstore is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on the Day of the Dead, but she just won’t leave the store. Tookie, who landed a job as a book seller after years of incarceration she survived reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting while trying to figure out everything that goes on in Minneapolis for a year of mourning, astonishment, isolation and furious calculation.

Go tell the bees that I’m gone by Diana Gabaldon
Jamie and Claire were torn apart by the Jacobite Uprising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same. It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are finally reunited with their daughter Brianna, her husband Roger and their children in Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers thought was impossible. Yet even in the hinterland of North Carolina, the effects of the war are being felt. Tensions in the settlements are great and local feelings are hot enough to boil the kettle of hell. Jamie knows loyalties are divided and it won’t be long before war is upon his door.


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