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Cyber Monday for Book Lovers

It’s late on Cyber Monday as I post this. Have you remembered to buy some good winter-reading books?

I’ve been working on my list of books to read next year and found some good deals online today for print copies. Take a look at my eclectic list below if you want some literary inspiration. But before you do, take a peek at the ridiculously low prices of my e-books today on Amazon!

“One doesn’t expect issues of abuse, women’s roles, wildlife management, and American Indian issues to coalesce under one cover, much less in a novel that covers two women’s perspectives on these topics; but one of the pleasures of Bear Medicine is its unpredictability and ability to focus on bigger pictures while exploring their lives.” ~Midwest Book Review


“The author of Women on the Brink dares readers to walk in complex shoes–to laugh, love, and sometimes agonize and emotionally bleed right along with the characters she has so masterfully created.” ~Windy City Reviews



“G. Elizabeth Kretchmer has skillfully and authoritatively woven an ambitious and complex telling, a multi-layered tale well worth the reading…Hopefully there will be many more to follow.” ~Ellen Waterston, author of A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino



And now…here’s my 1st draft list of novels and short story collections for next year!

The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, Gary Phillips and Walter Mosley – In the tradition of satirical works of Swift and Twain, these tales contain vigilante First Ladies, Supreme Court judges, gear-popping robots, races of ancient lizard people, and humans who roamed with dinosaurs. Paperback normally $19.95, on sale for $13.59

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng – The small progressive town of Shaker Heights in Cleveland, Ohio, is a place where no one sees race, neighbors care for one another, and everyone abides by the rules—until a childless couple decides to adopt a Chinese-American baby left at a fire station. Hardcover normally $27.00, on sale for $12.15

Fen: Stories, Daisy Johnson – Set in the fenlands of England, these stories blend folklore and restless invention as they explore the power of women. Paperback normally $16.00, on sale for $12.71

The Dinner Party: And Other Stories, Joshua Ferris – Ferris reveals his keen ability to render the intimate minutia of thought and feeling that’s exchanged within a relationship, the nonsensical randomness of interacting with strangers, and the appealing fantasy of stepping into someone else’s life. Harcover normally $26.00, on sale for $17.68

Exit West, Moshin Hamid – Suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, Nadia and Saeed must decide how and when to escape their crumbling homeland. This timely novel brings the frightening reality of war outside your window up close and makes it deeply personal. Hardcover normally $26.00, on sale for $18.53

Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich – What if human beings are neither inevitable nor ultimate? That’s the premise of Erdrich’s fascinating new novel that’s in the same vein as Margaret Atwood’s hit, The Handmaid’s Tale. Hardcover normally $28.99, on sale for $17.43

History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund – The coming of age of an introverted teenage girl who lives in the woods of Northern Minnesota with her frugal hippie parents. Paperback normally $16.00, on sale for $11.00

Ill Will, Dan Chaon – A dark, disturbing literary thriller that encompasses drug addiction, accusations of satanic abuse, and a self-deluding Midwestern psychologist. Hardcover normally $28.00, on sale for $17.95

Mrs. Fletcher, Tom Perrotta – Supposedly a rollicking tale about the sexual awakening of a middle aged woman in a Snapchat world. Can’t decide if I want to read this one or not. Hardcover normally $26.00, on sale for $16.67

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee – A sweeping historical saga that follows a Korean family for four generations from Korea to Japan. Paperback normally $15.99, on sale for $11.55

The Power, Naomi Alderman – A fierce and unsettling novel that explores the ability women have to generate a dangerous electrical force from their bodies in order take control, resulting in a vast, systemic upheaval of gender dynamics across the globe. Hardocver normally $26.00, on sale for $17.68

Saints for All Occasions, J. Courtney Sullivan – A saga of an Irish family that follows two very different sisters over five decades — from their small village in Ireland to the United States. Hardcover normally $26.95, on sale for $15.92

A Separation, Katie Kitamura – Deceptions pile on deceptions in this coolly unsettling postmodern mystery, in which a British woman travels to a Greek fishing village to search for her estranged husband, who has disappeared. Hardcover normally $25.00, on sale for $17.00

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward – A novel that combines aspects of the American road novel and the ghost story with an exploration of the long aftershocks of a hurricane. Nominated for the National Book Award. Hardcover normally $26.00, on sale for $15.60

Six Four, Hideo Yokoyama – About a former criminal investigator, now working in police media relations, who faces angry reporters amidst the nagging 14-year-old case of a kidnapped girl and his own teenage daughter’s disappearance. Hardcover normally $28.00, on sale for $15.40

Standard Deviation, Katherine Heiny – A divinely funny novel about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken. Hardcover normally $25.95, on sale for $16.76.

PS ~ It’s not too late to get in on my Amazon gift card giveaway. Post your review of Bear Medicine on Amazon by November 30, send me a message with a link to your posting, and you’ll automatically be entered in the drawing.


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8 Enlightening Works About American Indian History

140 years ago today, hundreds of American Indian refugees were on the run. The Nez Perce had been known as a peaceful and cooperative nation, having helped Lewis and Clark among other white men, but after the US government reneged on treaty promises, some of the Nez Perce refused to be rounded up and hauled off… Continue Reading

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K.S.R. Burns: 8 Great Reads Set in Paris

  I became acquainted with author K.S.R. (Karen) Burns several years ago when I moved to the Seattle area and was looking for a new writing critique group. Although we never wound up working together on our writing projects, our paths have continued to cross. Her latest novel is set in Paris, where she lived for… Continue Reading

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  1. Thanks for this list. I loved Paris Letters and also have a copy of A Paris Year ready to read. Also really enjoyed The Paris Wife and recommend readers to start with it followed by Moveable Feast to get another perspective.

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Book Review — Between the World and Me

Every now and then I come across a book that renders me nearly speechless. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, is one of them. Written in epistolary style as a letter from father to teenage son, it generally follows the author’s life journey from young boy growing up in Baltimore to young college… Continue Reading

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