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2014  
  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives by Poe Ballantine
  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Melissa’s book of the month is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s a beautiful story about a young boy whose life takes a astonishing turn when an art museum explosion presents him with the opportunity to emancipate a priceless painting that will always hauntingly remind him of his mother. It’s a window into the world of the his loves and obsessions, his meditations on friendship, loyalty, and of the role of art in our lives.

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Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives by Poe Ballantine

Sue’s book of the month is Things I Like About America: Personal Narratives by Poe Ballantine. Meet the new guide on the lonesome highway. Ballantine’s wry voice, clear eye, hilarious accounts and lyrical language bring us up short by reminding us that America has always been about flight, and for most of its citizens it has been about defeat. His wanderings, drifters, bad motels, cheap wine, dead-end jobs and drugs take us home--the home Betty Crocker never lived in.

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Sue’s book of the month is And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. In a village in rural Afghanistan in the mid 1940s, a father tells a folk tale to his two young children. On the next day, they will travel to Kabul and start a chain of events that will take the reader on a journey across the world and through the decades. Every character had something to share. This is a book to be savored.

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