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The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris.

"Better" by Atul Gawande captures the technical, practical, and ethical challenges in medicine that are relevant to challenging decisions encountered in any setting. Told in a series of vignettes, Gawande's crisp style makes you pause and think of how you can make any given situation better.

Shoe Dog: This memoir of Phil Knight and Nike did not disappoint. I switched between reading the physical book and listening to the audio version from my library. I think that helped keep the middle section moving along. It is a great example as truth (or memories) are stranger than fiction. The number of times where Phil Knight and Blue Ribbon then NIKE could have gone down in a blaze of bankruptcy are stunning. Entrepreneurs and inventors truly are cut from a different risk cloth than the rest of us. I could re-read the last chapter of this book over and over again to remind myself of how lucky this band of misfits was to pull of what we know now as NIKE. They earned it, the hard way.

The Guest List - This was a quick summer thriller. Not the best, not the worst. A wedding occurs on an island off the coast of Ireland and is narrated alternatively between the wedding planner, bride, best man, maid of honor and plus one guest. Something bad has happened after the wedding and chapters move between the present and past to start to build a story around who was killed the night of the wedding and why. There were a few surprises I didn’t guess but I need some redemption in my books. These characters really didn’t gain any.

Caterpillar Summer (Gillian McDunn) is a heartwarming coming-of-age novel about an 11 year old girl, "Cat," her younger brother "Chicken" who has special needs, and the summer vacation they spend with their grandparents on an island off the coast of North Carolina. I really enjoyed the story, learning, along with Cat, about the secrets that her family has kept through the years, and coming along on the kids' adventures on the island. Both my 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son enjoyed this one as well!

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. I loved this novel. I oscillated between flying through this book devouring the story line and wonderful descriptions of interesting characters in late 1930s NYC and coming upon a quote or an idea that spun me into deep thought for a long while. Loved it. Will pass on to my daughter and then read it again!

Educated by Tara Westover. Compelling, fast-paced. What is primarily a compilation of unbelievable stories and experiences in the upbringing of the author transitions imperceptibly to deep self reflection and understanding of family (at least of this “extreme” family). Difficult to read but a beautiful book. Not as dark as I imagined.

Towards the Setting Sun y Brian Hicks.

The Jane Austen Society

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - Right book, right time. Imaginative setting perfectly depicted, beautifully warm tale hit the spot for me during these tumultuous times in which we live. This was a dream to devour. Truly did not want it to end. I enjoyed it far more than The Starless Sea, which I felt had similarly glorious storytelling and richly imaginative storyline, but went on for too long.

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