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Mao's Last Dancer
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin (1990s)
I loved this book!!! A window's view of one lucky boy's journey through Mao's China (beginning with the marriage of his parents in the 1940's and on through his retirement from professional dancing 1990's). It is so hard to imagine living with communism and coming out on the other side all the stronger for it. -- Added by Coco on 02/28/2014

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The Bookstore
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler (2000s)
A young woman faces life changing choices in New York while working in a book store. Predictable. -- Added by Coco on 02/19/2014

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Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly (2000s)
This was a page turner and a debut novel focusing on a small english community and the secrets held within it's families. It begins with the disappearance of a young girl which was not the first but a feared second abduction and rape. As the town rallies to show their support, you are left with lots of twists and turns and while on the surface the question of "What kind of mother are you" is relevant and could so easily be any over worked and time strapped parent in our community, the end is so off the radar and so unexpected- I put it down and just thought&..hmmmh! -- Added by Coco on 02/18/2014

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The Bookman's Tale
The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett (2000s)
Interesting read. A little bit of history of bookbinding; a little bit into the controversy of who actually wrote Shakespeare's works and a few theories of why other's being accredited were more likely to have happened. Overall was a mystery about forgery and recovering from loss, spanning the period of 1600's and current day. Not a "couldn't put down" novel but one that I wanted to continue to find out it's conclusion. -- Added by Coco on 02/17/2014

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When She Was Gone
When She Was Gone by Gwendolen Gross (2000s)
A soon to be college girl goes missing and this story is what happens in her neighborhood in the interim, as the community attempts to deal with their assumptions of each other as well as find one of their own. A page turner for sure, I read it in one setting. You never really do know your neighbors or what is going on in the next house. -- Added by Coco on 02/02/2014

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Stella Bain
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve (2000s)
A woman escaping an emotional trauma wakes up to find herself in a makeshift army hospital with no idea of who she is during the war in Europe at the turn of the century. This novel explores "hysteria" and how it was treated. Being a fan of Anita Shreve, I was skeptical having read several mediocre reviews. I have to concur, that while it wasn't up to her usual standard, there were moments of brilliance. It was interesting as well as a quick read. -- Added by Coco on 02/02/2014

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