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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson travel to the foggy mires of Devonshire to solve a case surrounding the death of a baronet who was said to be part of a cursed family lineage. While Sherlock investigates, he sends Watson to accompany the new heir as he settles into his family estate and meets the superstitious locals.

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  Another good book by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It wasn't her best, this one was a little slower, with less action, than some of her others. Still a good read. That being said, I think you have to have a slight interest in tennis to enjoy it, and understand the rules of the game, or you might be a little lost.

Wheat Songs: A Greek-American Journey by Perry Giuseppe Rizopoulos

 This book is a biography of how two Greek soldiers escaped during WWII during the German occupation. 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Epic novel of generational heartbreak, grit and integrity (or the lack of) in this Korean family Who migrated to Japan. All their struggles of survival from the 30’s until 90’s and the racist, political, religious issues. Heartfelt story! It is a long book and could have used more editing. So many characters.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

  A professor of linguistics makes a bet with his old army friend that he can pass off a cockney flower girl as a duchess in just 6 months. As she trains with the confirmed bachelors, her life takes a new shape for better and for worse.

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water starts out as two stories, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan. One is a girl in 2008, and the other is a boy in 1985. Nya, the girl, is fetching water from a pond that's a two hours' walk from her home, and she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Facing every hardship from loneliness to attach by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor.

The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt

  When Tessa arrives at the house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be small - but it's theirs for the summer. A place to hide. However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca - who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives. Rebecca, however, is harbouring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to. But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price!

Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson

  Great book on a variety of subjects by a brilliant author, mathematician and scientist. He really puts things in perspective politically on a human real scale.

Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, who share an apartment. One is a former hustler who dresses like Honest Abe at a shooting arcade, and the other is trying to become a 3 Card Monte hustler like his brother used to be. Struggling with sibling rivalry and living in squalor, the brothers are forced to deal with their haunted past and the reality of their future.

Murder Through the English Post: A Beryl and Edwina Mystery by Jessica Ellicott

  This is one of a series set in a sleepy English village, featuring school friends who have reconnected as adults in post-WWI England. Both are in need of friendship, and they also reflect the impact of women's changing roles in England. Beryl is an American adventurer and free spirit, Edwina a proper and respectable Englishwoman of very straightened circumstances. Together they have formed an "enquiry agency," aided by the gardener Simpkins, who also is faced with a changing role when he inherits money. There's a satisfying glimpse of a bygone village way of life, and an unexpected twist at the end.