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5 stars:

Beneficence: A Novel by Meredith Hall. 2020

Bright Precious Thing: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell. 2020

Do Something for Nothing: Seeing Beneath the Surface of Homelessness, Through the Simple Act of a Haircut by Joshua Coombes. 2021

Hearing Homer’s Song: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry by Robert Kanigel. 2021

Here We Are: A Novel by Graham Swift. 2020

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco by Alia Volz. 2020

New Handbook for a Post-Roe America: The Complete Guide to Abortion Legality, Access, and Practical Support by Robin Marty. 2021

Oslo, Maine by Marcia Butler. 2020

So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression and Resilience by Mark Henick. 2020

Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody. 2021

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. 2021

The End of the Day by Bill Clegg. 2021

The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams. 2021

The Mason House: A Memoir by T. Marie Bertineau. 2020

4 or 4 ½ stars:

Blue Tin Sky: Poetry by Greg Gregory. 2020

Jenny on the Street: and Other Tales of Reverence and Revolution by David Haldane. 2021

Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond. 2021

Prohibition Wine: A True Story of One Woman’s Daring in Twentieth-Century America by Marian Leah Knapp. 2021

Red at the Bone: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson. 2019

The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik. 2021

The Lockhart Women by Mary Camarillo. 2021

Truthtelling: Stories, Fables, Glimpses by Lynne Sharon Schwartz. 2020

3 or 3 ½ stars:

Drafted: A Memoir of the ‘60s by Heywood Gould. 2021

I’m Still Here: A Memoir by Martina Reaves. 2020

The Empathy Diaries by Sherry Turkle. 2021

The First Lady of Underfashions by Christina Erteszek. 2021

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. 2021

Willa’s Grove by Laura Munson. 2020

You Belong Here Now by Dianna Rostad. 2021

< 3 stars:

Back of the Yard: A Great Depression Family Saga by Meg Lelvis. 2021

Finding Freedom: A Cook’s Story Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French. 2021

The Commune by Erica Abeel. 2021