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Marianslibrary Review of The Good House by Ann Leary

The Good HouseThe Good House by Ann Leary
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Main character, 60 year old successful real estate agent, Hildy Good, opens up about her life and leaves nothing out to the readers in The Good House. The Good House is both funny at moments due to Hildy’s quick wit and also quite melancholy in the very next paragraph. She’s a recovering alcoholic recently back from a stay at a facility which was triggered by an intervention held by her adult daughters.
I felt like Hildy was a friend sharing her history and story of her life in the quaint New England town of Wendover, Massachusetts. As she’s telling her tale, I was on this journey with her. Once she returns home, I wanted to find out if she had totally recovered and left her old demons behind.
Ann Leary has a very well developed story and I was quickly whisked into The Good House. Each character came vividly to life for me. I definitely felt a connection.
And, what story that takes place in Massachusetts wouldn’t be complete without a bit of history of the Salem Witch Trials….Hildy is a direct descendant!

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Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!” Winter Reads 2013

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Several inches of snow have already fallen here in the Midwest which sets the scene quite nicely for me to introduce my 2013 Winter Reading list. The compilation of titles encompasses a wide variety of genres & age levels to please almost everyone. I’m revisiting these favorite authors with their newest books: Fannie Flagg, Tiffany Baker, Donna Tartt, Joe Hill,Wiley Cash, Michelle Zink, & Mo Willems round out this group!
There’s some wicked Winter weather heading this way once again. Take a look-see at my personally chosen booklist, select a book, grab your blanket, get comfy in your favorite chair, & read! Couldn’t think of anything more relaxing!

FICTION

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

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The Good House by Ann Leary

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moria

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In the Blood by Lisa Unger

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Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell

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Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

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Perfect by Rachel Joyce

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Saints at the River by Ron Rash

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Someone by Alice McDermott

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The Storycatcher by Ann Hite

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Twittering From the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill

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This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

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NONFICTION

Five Days In November by Clint Hill

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Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson

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YOUNG ADULT

45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson

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This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink

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Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore

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MIDDLE GRADES

Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson

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Counting By 7’s by Holly Sloane

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CHILDREN’S

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

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This Is Not a Good Idea! By Mo Willems

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Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

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