2021: #4 – Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Lori Gottlieb)

I don’t think there was anything about this book I didn’t like. Gottlieb is a therapist who ended up there in a roundabout way. She started out a writer for TV, which then inspired her to pursue a medical career. But when she discovered that most medical specialties wouldn’t allow her to really get to know her patients, nor continue to write, she found psychotherapy

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2021: #3 – The Glass Hotel (Emily St. John Mandel)

The Glass Hotel is Emily St. John Mandel’s follow-up to Station Eleven, but it is a very different book. This book takes place in our world, and at the center of it is a Ponzi scheme — think Bernie Madoff, leaving enormous numbers of people without their life savings. But despite the different sort of plot, the book has the same ephemeral, dream-like feel that

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2021: #2 – The Magnolia Inn (Carolyn Brown)

This was a basic slow-burn, closed-door, contemporary romance. At the center of the story are Jolene and Tucker. Jolene has a lot of strong feelings and distrust around alcohol and people who drink, thanks to her mother and an ex-boyfriend (yet when given a choice, she works in a bar……..). Tucker has been widowed for two years after his seemingly angelic wife dies in a

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2021: #1 – The Widows of Malabar Hill (Sujata Massey)

The years that India was under British rule has long been an interesting time period to me, and this book is set right smack in the middle of it. Perveen Mistry is someone unusual — a female lawyer in early 1920s Bombay. She’s not considered a full lawyer because she cannot appear in court, but she’s able to do a lot of contract work and

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