A HISTORY OF LONELINESS

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By John Boyne

Irish priest Odran Yates leads a peaceful life, until he is pulled from his teaching position and sent to a parish to fill in for an old friend who is being relocated once again.  Odran does not want to confront the scandal rocking the church, but eventually he is forced to consider whether he himself shares some guilt.  Powerful and moving fiction from a terrific writer.

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BAREFOOT TO AVALON

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by David Payne

Payne had a complicated but loving relationship with his late brother, who suffered from bipolar disorder.  In fact, the whole family was complicated, as this heartfelt memoir shows.  (Payne's fine novel, RUIN CREEK, is a fictionalized account and would be an interesting companion read.)

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ALL WE HAD

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by Annie Weatherwax

A mother and daughter living on the edge find temporary respite in a small Pennsylvania town.  A stark reminder that desperate poverty exists everywhere in America.  Powerful.

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