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Where the Crawdads Sing  by Delia Owens

This highly acclaimed novel features a character who is abandoned by her mother who grows up isolated in a marsh in North Carolina. When a man is found dead, she is suspected of being the murderer. But this could not be farther from the truth.

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Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah

Dr. Julia Cates, a prominent psychiatrist, is suffering a crisis of confidence due to a rogue patient and a damaged reputation.  Her sister, who is a small town police chief, needs her help with a young girl who is mute and seems to have literally been raised by wolves.   Suspense, romance, introspection and beautiful storytelling make this a novel not to be missed.

The Ash Family by Molly Dektar

In this novel, we have a young girl going off the grid to join an intentional community at the Ash Family Farm.  Is she going to a commune or is she joining a cult? Read this book and find out. This book is set in North Carolina.

King’s Oak by Anne Rivers Siddons

This beautifully written novel features a poet who lives “off the grid” in nature and who captures the heart of Diana, who has left an abusive marriage.  This novel features well drawn characters, suspense and romance. Please have your Kleenex ready.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This novel features a group of college students who study with a very unconventional classics professor.  They try an experiment that gets way out of hand. The book has a gripping storyline, well developed characters and will keep you reading from start to finish.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone:  A Therapist, Her Therapist And Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

This highly readable memoir of a therapist and her patients is both personal and insightful. This book is almost impossible to put down. Gottlieb has great insight into herself in her own therapy and great compassion for the patients she treats.


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Halibut On The Moon by David Vann

In this novel, David Vann imagines the final days of his father’s life and his mental illness.  David Vann is a bestselling New York Times Notable Author.

The Fifty Minute Hour by Robert Linder

This is a classic work about a therapist and the difference that he makes in his patients’ lives.  

August by Judith Rossner

A beautiful novel that explores a therapist’s life and the life of her patient.

Love’s Executioner And Other Tales Of Psychotherapy by Irvin Yalom

A compulsively readable collection of stories about the relationship between a therapist and his clients.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

This classic work by famed neurologist Oliver Sacks is a compassionate and fascinating tale of different patients that he worked with.  

Becoming by Michelle Obama
The former first lady writes about her marriage, her time in the White House, being a mother and more in this witty and honest memoir.

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Mrs. Nixon:  A Novelist Imagines A Life by Anne Beattie

Pat Nixon did not write an autobiography and in this novel, Anne Beattie tries to imagine what it must have been like to be the wife of Richard Nixon.

First Ladies:  Presidential Historians On The Lives Of 45 Iconic Women Susan Swain, editor

A collection of interesting pieces by presidential historians about our first ladies.

My Beloved World by Sonja Sotomayor

The first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice tells about her life, from growing up in a project in the Bronx to becoming a member of the highest court in the United States.

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A wide ranging collection of writing and speeches that include wit and thoughtfulness.  

If You Ask Me:  Essential Advice From Eleanor Roosevelt by Eleanor Roosevelt

Read some of Mrs. Roosevelt’s wit and wisdom from the advice column that she wrote for more than twenty years.

Save Me The Plums:  My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl, an acclaimed food writer, tells about her time working For Gourmet Magazine in this fascinating memoir.

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Delicious:  A Novel by Ruth Reichl

The main character of this novel by Reichl is working in public relations for a once prestigious culinary magazine and uncovers a correspondence between a young James Beard and a twelve year old.

Tender At The Bone:  Growing Up At the Table by Ruth Reichl

A collection of vignettes involving food and family.  This book won the 1998 New York Times Notable book of the year.

Kitchen Confidential:  Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

This colorful book minces no words as the late Bourdain describes his experiences; the good, the bad and the bloody in a series of restaurants on the road to the great success that he achieved.  You will not be disappointed with this well written, captivating and witty food memoir.

Notes From A Young Black Chef:  A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi

Raised in the Bronx and Nigeria, Kwame became obsessed with food at a young age and tells about his path to success in this riveting memoir.  Onwachi has been named one of Food And Wine’s best new chefs under 30.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
A famous painter who seems to have it all, shoots her fashion photographer husband five times in the face one day. Then she stops talking. Will her psychiatrist be able to solve the mystery of what happened? Read this book and find out.

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The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Even the title is similar in this psychological suspense fiction by A.S.A. Harrison.  I regret to say that she is deceased so after you finish this one, see below. This book describes the slow disintegration of a marriage due to infidelity and deceit and the small cracks that can turn into a major fissure…

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

This book is impossible to put down.  The words are the ‘crazy’ glue that keep one reading to find out what the heck is going on in this awful marriage that appears to be so perfect on the

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman

Two mothers meet in a therapy group for postpartum depression. They become fast friends but something goes terribly wrong…

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

They are married.  They have a beautiful baby.  One night, they go right next door to a party, checking on the baby regularly.  Nothing could go wrong, could it?

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Parris

This marriage looks perfect from the outside.  What is happening behind those closed doors? Hint:  it’s not good.

We Could Be Beautiful by Swann Huntley

Catherine has everything, wealth, beauty.  And her new relationship seems great. On the other hand, her mother, who has Alzheimer’s, feels strongly that there is a problem.  What is it? I will forever be a fan of Swann Huntley after having read this novel.

Girl On A Train  by Paula Hawkins

Rachel, who enjoys her alcohol, sees a couple every day whose life she imagines to be perfect.  Then something happens and she feels compelled to get involved. What is the truth? Read this book and find out.  I personally could not put this one down.

She Was The Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in the prestigious Odell School in New Hampshire.  Then the rivalry begins…and the school is not as wholesome as it appears to be. Rituals, dark traditions and more emerge in this intriguing novel.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

A wealthy and privileged family tries to put a tragedy behind them by purchasing an island in Maine. This novel explores three generations of this family who seemed to have it all.


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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A tale of tragedy, wealth and scandal, New money vs. old money. This novel is a classic and I get something different out of it whenever I read it. A heartbreaker.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Sullivan explores three generations of a family in Maine.

Too Much Money:  A Novel by Dominick Dunne

A tale of the wealthy old guard of New York including one who is suspected of murder.

Colony:  A Novel by Anne Rivers Siddons

This novel follows three generations of a high society family in Maine.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
A tale of a wealthy family’s secrets revealed.

Bittersweet:  A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

A wealthy family’s secrets are revealed at their cottage in Vermont and their guest has to decide what to do about them…

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