Best Books of the Month: Literature and Fiction

Erin Kodicek on April 17, 2018
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A popular crime fiction writer switches gears, a moving family epic, and a timely tale despite its turn-of-the-twentieth-century Vienna setting...

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The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is typically known for his crime fiction but his latest novel is a moving coming of age story that is drawing comparisons to John Irving (not too shabby).

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America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

In Elaine Castillo's affecting debut, Hero De Vera flees a harrowing life in the Philippines to pursue a better one in the Bay Area; but the American Dream can be elusive...

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Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt imagines the life of Alma Schindler--a gifted composer who gave up her creative pursuits at the behest of her then-fiancé, Gustav Mahler. Ecstasy is a surprisingly timely cautionary tale...


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