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The Amazing World of Gumball Vol. 1: Fairy Tale Trouble by Ben Bocquelet
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Curse of the Arctic Star by Carolyn Keene
Demon Book 1 by Jason Shiga
The Dragon That Lived Under Manhattan by E.W. Hildick
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris
Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Ghostbusters International by Erik Burnham
Graveyard Slot by Michelle Schusterman
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985 by Ed Piskor
How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora
Imagine a World by Rob Gonsalves
It's a Tiger by David La Rochelle
Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
The Lost Compass by Joel N. Ross
The Magic Mirror by Susan Hill Long
The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell
Pouncing on Murder by Laurie Cass
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
The Soprano's Last Song by Irene Adler
Stealing the Game by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
The Underdogs by Sara Hammel

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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The Beginner's Goodbye: 11/05/16

The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler is one of those authors on the periphery of my reading. Every book of hers I've read, I've loved but I can (and do) go years between reading her work, even though she has been constantly writing and publishing for about thirty years.

The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler is the story of a man coming to grips with his wife's sudden and untimely death. Aaron, an unremarkable person except for mobility problems with and arm and a leg (which requires a brace) was married to a brilliant and outspoken woman.

They lived as happily married roommates, keeping to themselves at home and keeping busy with their careers. The chores were left mostly undone. A tree that needed removal, wasn't, and that ultimately came crashing down on the sunroom where Dorothy did her writing.

Dorothy was clearly Aaron's motivation to keep living. It's not that the book is about him contemplating suicide. Rather, it's about a person whose routine has been destroyed and is now just letting things wind down. He's lost what little motivation he had to take responsibility.

This book reminds me of:

Five stars

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