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Ashes (★★☆☆☆)

Steven Manchester   *   Story Plant   *   February 21, 2017   *   272 Pages

Advanced Reader Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley.

Brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast haven’t spoken to each other in years. 418 more words

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Counseling Skills

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Pyschopathology and Family Dysfunction

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me is the newest offering from novelist Megan Abbott of whom I am quickly becoming a big fan. Abbott hops between genres so effortlessly and often within the same book that you are never really sure what kind of book you are getting at first reading. 613 more words

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Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

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Family Dysfunction

Purple velvet

When I start to remember my father’s attic room, I feel a tug of desire quickly followed by revulsion.  Desire and revulsion are two sides of the same coin, I’ve heard. 4,069 more words

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In her novel Things We Didn’t Say, the acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars and The Life You’ve Imagined (an Indie Next Notable Book) explores the messiness of life’s love stories, especially those involving teenage almost-stepchildren, a unreliable ex-wife, and the words no parent ever wants to hear: “Your child is missing.” A poignant, honest, and unforgettable novel that fans of Katrina Kittle and Elin Hildebrand will take into their hearts, Things We Didn’t Say is exactly the sort of well-written, complex relationships story that women love to read, discuss, and share with their friends.

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south side / apartment building no stoop / alley cat strays /  pit bulls in empty lots tied to gate posts / barbecue grills with no meat /  no heat /  no charcoal / propped up on cement bricks / gangways with teenagers grinding to future baby’s lullaby / grab dinner from the candy store /  chips and cheese /  nachos with beef / hole in the wall northeast corner chicken coop / on the next street… 415 more words