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Clytia's Reviews

Clytia is an ardent reader, and she has worked at Bookshop Santa Cruz for the last 14 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice

I loved this one. It doesn't just tug at your heart, but rips it and questions your conscience as well. It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster, leaving you wondering what you would do. I think this is her best work to date! 
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ISBN: 9780143125563
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

The Silver Star

Bean (12) and her sister Liz (15) are left alone while their mother goes off to “find herself.” Afraid of the authorities, Bean and Liz take off to visit their Uncle Tinsley and end up learning many of the family’s secrets. Bean thrives, but things don’t go well for Liz. This is a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws. I found this one hard to put down.

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ISBN: 9781451661545
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Published: Scribner - June 3rd, 2014

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Taking place during the Great Depression, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls features 15-year-old Thea, who has a mysterious role in a family tragedy and is banished to boarding school. Once there, she grapples with the social strata, and it doesn’t take long for her past to meet her future. This is a coming-of-age story where the main character makes questionable choices that will affect her whole future. A good summer read.

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ISBN: 9781594632709
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

We've all seen the photo of the Migrant Mother, but this is the fictional account behind the photo. There are 3 characters that hold the story together--Mary the migrant mother, Vera Dare the photographer, and Walker Dodge who discovers a family mystery embedded in the photo. It begs the question: how much does a photo tell the truth, and how much do we read into it? I really liked this one!

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ISBN: 9780142180785
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Published: Plume - February 25th, 2014

The Language of Silence by Anna Michaels

This is not just a story about a woman who sleeps with one foot outside the blanket, in case she needs to run. This is also a look into circus family life that made me fall in love with the characters and want to run off with them. Terrifying and beautiful, this is one of those "go away, go away, I'm reading" books. I couldn't bear to put it down.

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ISBN: 9781451684810
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Published: Gallery Books - September 9th, 2014

House Girl by Tara Conklin

An amazing debut novel that combines mystery and historical fiction. Lina Sparrow is looking for the “perfect plaintiff” for a historical class-action lawsuit involving reparations for descendants of American slaves. In the process, she discovers a famous artist who was possibly not really the creator of her paintings. This one will grab you and not let go until the end. One of my top 3 favorites of 2013.
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ISBN: 9780062207517
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 5th, 2013

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

This is a beautifully written story of 15-year-old Thea, who is sent to a riding camp/finishing school after a horrific family scandal. Sheltered from the outside world, Thea learns that the camp has complex social rules and that she must try to adjust to them. A coming-of-age story, something of a love story, as well as a commentary on what can happen when parents try to protect their children from outside influences.
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ISBN: 9781594486401
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 26th, 2013

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

An amazing debut novel that combines mystery and historical fiction. Lina Sparrow is looking for the “perfect plaintiff” for a historical class-action lawsuit involving reparations for descendants of American slaves. In the process, she discovers a famous artist who was possibly not the real creator of her paintings. This one will grab you and not let go until the end. One of my top three books of the year.
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ISBN: 9780062207395
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Published: William Morrow - February 12th, 2013

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

This is a beautifully written debut novel set on a remote island off Western Australia in 1918. From time to time, I’d come across a sentence or paragraph that stopped me in my tracks, and I’d have to read it over several times to absorb its beauty of language. This is the perfect book group book. Moral decisions and consequences abound. It’s complicated, layered, and it stayed with me for a long time. I couldn’t help but sympathize with each of the characters.
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ISBN: 9781451681758
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2013

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