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Love this book and its message of ability, confidence and the power of conviction in who you are and one of the things you should believe in most - yourself.

Different.... Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption. National Bestseller National Book Critics Circle Award Winner PEN/Faulkner Award…

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Economist • Vogue • Slate • Chicago Tribune • The Seattle Times • Dayton Daily News • Publishers Weekly • Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered SELECTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times • Entertainment Weekly • The Christian Science Monitor • The Kansas City Star • Library Journal In a…

Check this out - supposedly hilarious Review: Micou is a master of comic characterisation and his writing style is often reminiscent of a young Graham Greene.' The Times. The quote sums up Confessions of A Map Dealer perfectly - very readable/commerical and great fun.

"Every woman should read this...and every mother should give it to their daughters!" - might need to look into this.

I've decided to start pinning the books that my friends and I are reading in our book club. First up: The Paris Wife - Paula McLain (about the wife of Ernest Hemingway)

Check out -- 3/12 *** on Amazon, sounds good In "Chasing Amanda" Melissa Foster guides us in helping Molly; wife, mother to a teenage son, search for a missing girl. The young girl has disappeared from their quiet, rural community; a place where things like this simply don't happen. For Molly, it's deja vu. Several years earlier, while living in Philadelphia, she witnessed a similar event. She did nothing at that time, and has been tormented by her inaction ever since. Molly's special…

4**** This book is so well written you will believe it is true. I have never read anything quite like it. The premise is based on an honest request made at a peace conference by a Cheyenne Indian Chief in the year 1854 to trade white women for horses. The women would become brides and the children of these unions would make assimilation into the white mans society easier for the Indians who astutely saw the future at hand, and were looking for a peaceful solution. The author assures us that…