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Like Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” and Norman Mailer’s “The Executioner’s Song,” “Apeirogon” by Colum McCann is a non-fiction novel, a genre defined as depicting real historical figures and actual events woven together with fictitious conversations and using the storytelling techniques of …

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Richard Chizmar’s solo follow up to “Gwendy’s Button Box,” co-written by Chizmar and Stephen King, proves that Chizmar is as much an authority of the “Kingverse” as King himself.

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Many a library shelf sags due to the countless, stout books touting Winston Churchill’s World War II leadership. So, don’t bother to write one more? Fortunately for readers, journalist Erik Larson did not feel that way because he has written a captivating, distinctive history of Churchill’s …

The psychological thriller, “The Wife and the Widow,” by Christian White, is a murder mystery full of twists and family drama. We first meet the widow, Kate Kellie, as she waits at the Melbourne International Airport with her daughter Mia.

“Weather,” a 200-page book by Jenny Offill, can be read in a day or two, and is well worth your attention.

A wide-eyed redhead greets readers when they open “My Best Friend,” a captivating charmer by Julie Fogliano. With a page turn we see the redhead leaning on a pole, supporting a tire swing, longingly gazing at a girl with a black ponytail and glasses.

At age 19, John Stillman voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Infantry in Vietnam. He initially enjoyed the rush of his assignment and looked forward to freeing the South Vietnamese from the brutal Viet Cong.

“This is Happiness,” is a humorous “coming of age” story, a nod to Ireland. The story takes place during the late 1950’s in the small rural village of Faha, Ireland.

Vanessa begins attending a boarding school in Maine when she is a freshman in high school. She convinces her reluctant parents to let her live at this school when she earns a scholarship. Her parents are not wealthy so the scholarship is a must. When the massacre at Columbine happens, they b…

When I read the synopsis of “Unpregnant” I was intrigued to say the least. Not often do authors so blatantly talk or write books about abortions, but Hendriks and Caplan have done so. “Unpregnant” follows a girl, not unlike many, who finds herself in a bad situation with her whole future ahe…

Sister Johanna Marie, a French nun, has been dispatched by her archbishop to Iceland to follow up on new information regarding an investigation she had undertaken there two decades earlier. She had been chosen for the original investigation because of her ability to speak Icelandic, a langua…

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s memoir opens in 2006 with two ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) pounding relentlessly on the door of his small home in Northern California. Eight additional agents surround the exterior.

Highly recommended! The characters in “Beside Herself,” by Elizabeth LaBan, are so relatable that you feel like you are chatting with your girlfriends when reading this book

“Bone Crier’s Moon,” by Kathryn Puride, is a young adult fantasy. The book’s main character is Ailesse, an 18-year-old young woman, a bone crier, or Leurress, one of a group of people who live together in a common location.

Out in the bayous of Louisiana, not far from New Orleans, lies the small town of Petit Bateau. Not much happens there, and that suits the residents just fine. It’s easier to get away with things and stay out of the public eye among the mangroves and bamboo of the swamps.

Readers who like history about the World War II Resistance movement, will love “When Time Stopped,” by Ariana Neumann.

“All the Ways We Said Goodbye” is a story of love, betrayal, and war, a family saga full of tragedy and secrets. It focuses on three women who take refuge in the historical Ritz Hotel in Paris, France during three different time periods.

Jess and Lily are sisters, but they haven’t spoken more than a few words to each other for almost 30 years following two back-to-back family tragedies that tore them apart in their youth. Miscommunication and blame have destroyed any semblance of their former close relationship. Even when Je…

I grew up with the show “Project Runway,” watching people make gorgeous and sometimes horrendous outfits. “A Dress for the Wicked” provided me with the book version of the show.

Reporter, author, and New York Times op-ed writer Timothy Egan was raised Roman Catholic in the Pacific Northwest. As he and his family suffered indignities at the hands of the church, he grew further and further away from his ancestral faith and its culture.

The latest in the Joona Linna series by Lars Keplar finds the former detective serving out his sentence for misconduct having assaulted a guard, and aiding in the investigation of a convicted felon.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky observed, “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” Undercover journalist Shane Bauer has written an expose about private prisons in the United States and invites the reader to judge how our civilization is doing.

As someone who has never read a graphic novel, I was unsure what to expect from “Almost American Girl.” What I discovered was the raw, beautiful memoir of a young Korean immigrant as she attempts to define who she is in her teenage years.

“The Girl Who Reads on the Metro” is charming little book that takes hold of you very quickly. This easy, relatable read by Christine Feret-Fleury is about escaping the doldrums of life.

Author Ada Calhoun examines the lives of women who were born between 1965 and 1979, the Gen X generation, in “Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis.” She posits that Gen X people face uniquely challenging life experiences both professionally and personally that weren’t common for th…

The goggle-eyed pup in “I Love You, Fred” will charm the socks off old and young alike. This heartwarming tale by Mick Inkpen features a pooch with problems that continue to dog him. Fred is well mannered and obeys commands like sit, stay, fetch, and walk but when his family says “Fred…” it …

Just when I think I really do not want to read another book, fiction or nonfiction, about World War II, along comes a book about World War II that catches my interest. “Art of Resistance” dovetails nicely with the 75th Anniversary of the Auschwitz Liberation, on Jan. 27, 2020.

Douglas Tallamy proposes an approach to a grassroots conservation effort in his latest book “Nature’s Best Hope.” He shows how every community can become active in stemming the decline of wildlife and improve the well-being of humans.

“The Kill Club,” by Wendy Heard, is a twisted psychological thriller that will leave readers guessing whodunit right up to the end. The story highlights the injustices that many abused people endure when trying to escape from horrific situations.

In “Nameless Queen,” by Rebecca McLaughlin, a change in rulers is imminent. King Fallow has just died and the crown must be passed on. When the crown is passed on the new ruler’s name will be spoken.

Diane Chamberlain’s absorbing book is a fictional murder mystery with a background based on the 1948 State Mural Competition sponsored by the Treasury Department.

Jill Lepore, Harvard history professor and author, has written a timely, concise book detailing the incongruities between the ideals plainly stated in the founding documents of the United States and the implementation of those ideals during the last 243 years.

William "Scoob" Lamar, an African American boy, and his unconventional Caucasian grandmother, G' Ma, are the main characters in "Clean Getaway."

If you like funny and exciting books that keep you on your toes, read this book now!

If you like historical fiction books that are very exciting, consider reading “Words of Fire,” a great book by Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Starting in rural Yamhill, Oregon where Nicholas Kristof grew up on a sheep farm in the 1960s and 70s, “Tightrope” documents the startling devastation now experienced by the working poor in the United States. In this latest book, the authors seek to counteract the currently popular “cruel na…

“Winterwood” is the kind of book you pick up while snowed in and won’t want to put down until the very end. It’s a perfect combination of the eerie and magical. It’s author, Shea Earnshaw, is able to meld genres in creating this wonderful book.

Ann Napolitano has written a novel that is mesmerizing from the beginning. A reader who doesn’t have the time to read all day or can’t stay up all night probably shouldn’t start “Dear Edward” until that kind of time is available.

“The Wicked Redhead” is a thriller that combines history and romance. It’s a follow-up to “The Wicked City," also by Beatriz Williams.

I loved the book “All the Days Past, All the Days to Come." It is a wonderful historical novel by Mildred D. Taylor that takes place from 1944 to 1963 and covers the Great Migration.

Rene Denefeld’s chilling novel “The Butterfly Girl” tells the story of an investigator who is searching the city streets for a younger sister she hasn’t seen for almost 20 years. Set in a city in the northwest teeming with street people, Naomi Cottle knows the runaways she is seeking, some a…

Elaine Pagels is an American religious historian who has conducted extensive research into early Christianity and Gnosticism. A controversial scholar because she questions many traditional Christian teachings, Pagels is called a heretic by some peers while others herald her as one of the gre…

Today we welcome a new reviewer to MO Books, Lynda Klarner, a retired registered nurse. After working as an RN, Lynda moved to Utilization Review and Case Management for a local insurance office from which she retired.

The late, brilliant historian Edmund Morris has written the definitive biography of one of America’s most prolific inventors, Thomas Alva Edison. Morris immerses the reader in Edison’s historical context with exacting details, an arresting vocabulary and a narrative that pulsates with Edison…

In 2009 journalist Susannah Cahalan was hospitalized for treatment of symptoms consistent with schizophrenia. A consulting neurologist was skeptical of the diagnosis, and upon further testing Cahalan was found to have an autoimmune disorder that attacked her brain. She was treated and her sy…

The title of the novel “A Long Petal of the Sea” refers to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s description of the physical appearance of Chile. The country is a long stretch of land that includes deserts, rain forests, and beaches along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in South America. The graceful a…

Tongue-in-cheek humor, a hare-brained plot and a rich palette of off-the-wall characters make Deb Caletti’s “A Flicker of Courage: Tales of Triumph and Disaster,” a zany, captivating read.

This book is so titled because the main characters assume other identities. The novel is set between 1913-1915, and is narrated using the voices of Jeanne, the mother; Effie, her daughter; and Mable, a central character. There is another daughter, Luella. Her voice is heard through dialogue …

All good things must come to an end as evidenced by “The Toll” by Neal Shusterman. This is the third book in the series, so before you read it, read the first two. And if you’ve read the other two, welcome back.

Ryan Holiday, author of three previous books distilling classical thinking and history for the modern reader, turns his attention to how we can capture and use stillness in modern life.

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