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Tall Poppy Review: The Tearjerker ‘You Were Always Mine’

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Equal parts tear-jerker and page-turner, Nicole Baart’s You Were Always Mine (Atria Books) entwines the heartbreak of a mother’s struggle with the urgency of a mystery that won’t let her (or you) go. At the start of You Were Always Mine, we meet mother and teacher Jessica Chamberlain on the brink of a nightmare—and a plunge into regret—when her estranged husband is found dead. Her older son, in a surly teenage phase, seems to blame her for not having tried harder to repair the marriage and thus the family, while her younger son’s developmental challenges immediately intensify in the wake of the tragedy. It would be a struggle for any mother to try to quietly deal with her own grief while pulling…

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Tall Poppies Review: Sometimes ‘Little Broken Things’ Have a Big Impact…

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  Tender descriptions of Minnesota lake picnics, boathouse romances and childhood memories cloak simmering shame and mysterious motives in this slow unraveling of community secrets, Little Broken Things, from author Nicole Baart. When Quinn’s sister Nora brings a troubled child to the door of her small cottage, telling her not to tell anyone — even their mother and brother who live nearby–the questions burn and linger, and the answers don’t come easily. Whose child is she? Who are they protecting her from? Which male figures can be trusted and which cannot? With Nora skittish about unknown forces, and Quinn forced to hold down the fort with a child who is a virtual stranger, the sisters have to rely more on…

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New Books About Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and President Obama in Time for Black Friday Shopping

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This is a big week for shopping and for books and so is our round-up of new releases! While you are making your shopping list (and checking it twice), here are some nice, naughty and feel good books to check out this weekend. Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers), Pete Souza Pete Souza, who served as the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, was able to capture much more of Obama as a public figure. Now, in his new portrait book, Souza has compiled photographs specifically for young readers, showing Obama as a man who served as an inspiration to generations of people. Behind-the-scenes stories and photographs of the family are included as…

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