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Julie lives in Wake County and is mom to two kids: a preschooler and a 2nd grader. She enjoys reading a wide range of books, and shares her reviews here and on her blog (http://bookretreat.blogspot.com). She can also be found on Twitter @MyBookRetreat
Book Review: A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert

Book Review: A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert

Local author Steven Lee Gilbert recently published his first novel, A Lovely Indecent Departure. This family drama revolves around 5 year old Oliver and his parents’ desperation to hold onto him in the wake of a custody battle. When Oliver’s father, Evan, is given custody, he does everything in his power to limit his ex-wife […]

Book Review: The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

In 1889, France opened the Exposition Universelle, a world’s fair that few thought could be surpassed. At the fair, the Eiffel Tower was revealed. The United States was determined to build something even more amazing. This would culminate in the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. In The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson takes […]

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Book Review: In My Father’s Country by Saima Wahab

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Book Review: In My Father’s Country by Saima Wahab

Saima Wahab was born in Afghanistan but only lived there until she was six years old. By then, her father had been taken away by the KGB, so she and her family had to leave. They ended up in Pakistan, living with family, until she, her brother Khalid and her sister Najiba, in their teens, […]

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Book Review: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

During the Civil War, Iris Dunleavy is declared a lunatic and sent to the Sanibel Asylum to be cured by the renowned Dr. Cowell. The doctor has a reputation for restoring women like Iris back to good, obedient wives. Iris insists she is not insane. She just went against her husband and has been sent […]

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Book Review: Moonwalking with Einstein Joshua Foer

Journalist Josh Foer went to the U.S. Memory Championships to cover the event and write an article about it. But after meeting the competitors and learning more about what they do, Foer decided to train for the next year’s championship. He won. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything is Foer’s memoir […]

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Book Review: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

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Book Review: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell

Iris Lockhart receives a phone call from a psychiatric hospital informing her that she’s been given power of attorney over her great-aunt, Esme, who has been a “resident” of the hospital for 61 years. But Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox, who is supposedly her grandmother, Kitty’s sister. Her grandmother now has Alzheimer’s and […]

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Book Review: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Five years ago, politician Merete Lynggaard disappeared and was presumed dead. But she is very much alive, being held captive by an unknown person who obviously wants her to suffer. Carl Mørck is a detective who is trying to recover from an incident that left one colleague dead and another paralyzed. To get him out […]

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Book Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

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Book Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

As Henry Lee walks past the Panama Hotel, a landmark that has been boarded up for decades, he is pulled into the excitement of the crowd that has gathered to see what has been found locked away in the basement all these years. It turns out that the belongings of many Japanese families who were […]

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Book Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

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Book Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

When Alice Love wakes up, she is fully convinced she is 29 years old, pregnant with her first child and happily married to the love of her life. But in reality, it’s 10 years later. She has three children, whom she doesn’t remember, and is in the process of getting a divorce. She can’t believe […]

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Book Review: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

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Book Review: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The story begins with a little girl who is hiding on a ship. It is clear that she has boarded the ship with a woman she calls The Authoress, but after waiting for a very long time, the little girl joins some other children in a game. Soon she is on the dock in Australia, […]

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