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ISBN: 9780316211338
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 17th, 2012

Two women of priviledge, two families, and a brutal murder on Martha's vineyard comprise the basics of this amazing novel; but there is so much more. The secrets and desires of the characters are revealed, as are the events of 20 yrs., from the individual perspectives of the characters. It is truly a superb study of human emotions and objectives as the story races to its surprising conclusion. Kudos to Klaussmann on her debut novel.
- Carol K. - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9781594488290
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 26th, 2012

Three generations of a family living under one roof reflect the dramatic transformations of an entire society in this memoir of life in 20th century China. Lyrical and poignant, funny and heartrending, The Little Red Guard is the powerful tale of an ordinary family finding their way through turbulence and transition.
- Doris - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9781400069347
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2012

In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead—and celebrating it all—as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.
- Kathy - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
- Johanna - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061779749
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 3rd, 2012

Christopher Moore attacks the art world and impressionism. The color blue has become sacred as it was often used to color Mary’s garments in medieval religious masterpieces. Painter/baker Lucien Lessard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec set out to investigate Vincent Van Gogh’s death. In doing so they meet The Colorman who is the only one who makes Sacre Bleu. Also, Lucien’s girl friend returns and sets his world upside down.
- Anne - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9780062116505
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Published: Harper - May 1st, 2012

Jacqueline Winspear's comment on the book says it better than I can . . . "the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion." In an English manse at the turn of the (20th) century an unlikely group is convened when a train runs off its rails. What I enjoyed most was the way the experiences of this one night under the slate roof of Sterne result in magical, supernatural changes for all nights that follow! Enchantment! Ghosts! Ponies in bedrooms! An all-around good time for the living and the dead.
- Sue B. - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9780062093639
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 6th, 2012

Very well written novel with many surprises, so expect to be captured by the story, the well crafted descriptions and the unique tone. I mean, c'mon, it's a countdown to a young woman's very well planned suicide. So you'd think sad, dark, depressing, right? But it actually has humor and heart and you'll come to care very much for Clementine. As the deadline (and that's pretty literal in this case)nears, the weight of the situation grows and turns heavier. Much of the story deals with mental illness and the havoc it wrecks on families and generations. (Plus you get acquainted with Chuckles the cat. As with the other characters, he's so real in these pages, you'll hear him howling, hissing, and fussing. He's worth the price of admission to one great book!)
- Candy - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9780316185905
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 3rd, 2012

Wow! This story grabs the reader immediately and never lets go. It is food for thought on so many levels. So much more than a survival story (which it is), and it examines what humans will do to survive. Think a sophisticated Lord of the Flies; and Grace Winter is a most enigmatic character. Loved it.
- Carol K. - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9781565129238
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - June 12th, 2012

Whew! This novel left me almost as breathless as "Reliable Wife"! Goolrick creates characters that are so sympathetic...yet I want to shake them and say "What are you doing?" Once again, the writing is superb, the characters unforgettable, and the plot is outrageous, yet so believable for 1948, in a small, religious town in Va. This is a must read.
- Carol K. - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville

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ISBN: 9781401340919
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Published: Hachette Books - April 10th, 2012

Is it coincidence that the Titanic sunk 100 yrs. ago and this fine work truthfully examines the consequences for the families of the deceased? Howe is a wonderful historian in recreating the atmosphere in Boston in 1915, with another world war looming. Opium dens both here & in Shanghai, spiritualism, and the dawn of the study of psychology play a strong part in this story as we see Sybil Allston grow as a character & a woman in a new century. Loved it.
- Carol K. - Anderson's Bookshop Naperville


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