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Marie’s Staff Picks June 2013

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

An inventive story with great characters.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

This is the 2013 Pulitzer Winner for fiction and is a strange, haunting and transporting work that takes place in North Korea.

Le Road Trip by Vivian Swift

The author included her sketches along with her observations in this fun book about traveling in France.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

In this historical novel set in Belle Epoque Paris, three sisters try to make a living on their own.

Nine Mile Bridge by Helen Hamlin

Published in 1945, this is a biographical work of a woman’s time spent living in the Allagash during the 1930s.

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

This is my favorite book of the last six months. It has great characters, a grounding story and beautiful writing.

The Good House by Ann Leary

I listened to this on audio and loved the reader’s take on the main character. 

The Art Forger by Barbara Shapiro

I learned a lot about forging works of art and liked the underlying mystery that involved the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston.