from my bookshelf: queenie by candice carty-williams

papercut queenie (yes, that’s her real name, and you better not ask her if it is) is 26 years old. when the love of her life wants to take what she understands to be a “break,” sh*t hits the fan. she experiences severe anxiety and panic attacks, turns to shallow attention from men who do…

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from my bookshelf: the shipping news by annie proulx

papercut quoyle is a lonely and insecure 36-year-old man. he thinks his life is complete when he falls in love with and marries is first wife. instead, he finds himself in a painful and dysfunctional marriage. early on his in the story, quoyle is left with their two daughters and the help of his aunt.…

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from my bookshelf: red clocks by leni zumas

papercut red clocks takes place in a version of america where congress ratified the “personhood amendment”, which gives fundamental constitutional protections to a fertilized egg from the moment of conception. abortion is illegal in all 50 states and abortion providers can be charged with second-degree murder, abortion seekers with conspiracy to commit murder. in vitro fertilization…

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from my bookshelf: little fires everywhere by celeste ng

papercut little fires everywhere takes place in shaker heights, a suburb of cleveland, ohio. in shaker heights, the homes are pristine, the adults have carefully planned out their lives to involve nice houses, cars, and clothes, and the children are mindfully placed on the same track; planning is crucial, and will keep people and things from…

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from my bookshelf: freedom by jonathan franzen

papercut  walter and patty berglund are married with two kids, joey and jessica. their lives start out seeming relatively average: their biggest concerns revolve around keeping up with the kids’ extra-curriculars and drama with neighbors. as joey and jessica grow up, patty and walter are forced to face the reality of their marriage and the…

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from my bookshelf: all we ever wanted by emily giffin

papercut nina browning marries kirk browning, one of the wealthiest men in nashville; they met at vanderbilt, after nina left her simple life in bristol, tennessee, behind. kirk elevated their lifestyle from well-off to what some call “obscenely” wealthy after selling his tech business. their son, finch, is a senior at an elite nashville private…

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from my bookshelf: orphan train by christina baker kline

papercut “orphan trains” traveled from the east coast to the midwest from 1854-1929, transporting thousands of parentless children to new families. orphan train has two story lines: one following the life of molly, a teenage girl living in foster care in maine, and another about a now elderly woman, vivian, who was placed on the orphan trains…

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from my bookshelf: and the mountains echoed by khaled hosseini

papercut and the mountains echoed tracks a family over the course of multiple generations. it is afghan-american author khaled hosseini’s third novel after the kite runner and a thousand splendid suns. the story’s core is the close bond between two siblings, abdullah and pari, who are tragically separated from each other when they are very young. the plot quickly…

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from my bookshelf: is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) by mindy kaling

paper cut  mindy kaling covers a lot in this book: romance, friendships, the crazy ups and downs she has experienced to date as she learned how to survive (and thrive) in hollywood, and her childhood. in the introduction, mindy swiftly denies that this is meant to be an advice book; she candidly shares she doesn’t…

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from my bookshelf: the prince of tides by pat conroy

papercut if you have never read pat conroy, start with this one. the prince of tides is about former football player tom wingo and his complicated relationship with his family and his past, comprised of his family, friends, and south carolina hometown. tom’s older brother, luke, dies too young. his twin sister who is a published…

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