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Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

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Are you looking for your next good read? Not sure what to read next? Check out The Running Bibliophile's book reviews listed alphabetically by author below by clicking on the book title to see if it is worth your time or not.   
 
 

Alam, Rumaan

Andrews, V.C.
  • Heaven (Casteel, #1)
  • Dark Angel (Casteel, #2)
  • Fallen Hearts (Casteel, #3)
  • Gates of Paradise (Casteel, #4)
  • Web of Dreams (Casteel, #5)
  • Dawn (Cutler, #1)
  • Secrets of the Morning (Cutler, #2)
  • Twilight's Child (Cutler, #3)
  • Midnight Whispers (Cutler, #4)
  • Darkest Hour (Cutler, #5)

Ballis, Stacey

Barton, Fiona

Caine, Rachel

Christie, Agatha

Clark, Mary Higgins

Coben, Harlan
  • Fool Me Once
  • Tell No One
  • The Boy From The Woods
  • The Stranger

Crabtree, Elisabeth

Crawford, Isis

Dobbs, Leighann
  • Killer Cupcakes (Lexy Baker, #1)
  • Dying for Danish (Lexy Baker, #2)
  • Murder, Money and Marzipan (Lexy Baker, #3)
  • 3 Bodies and a Biscotti(Lexy Baker, #4)
  • Brownies, Bodies and Bad Guys (Lexy Baker, #5)
  • Bake, Battle and Roll (Lexy Baker, #6)
  • Wedding Blintz (Lexy Baker, #7)
  • Scones, Skulls and Scams (Lexy Baker, #8)
  • Ice Cream Murder (Lexy Baker, #9)
  • Mummified Meringues (Lexy Baker, #10)
  • Brutal Brûlée (Lexy Baker, #11)
  • A Partridge in a Poison Pear Tart (Lexy Baker, #11.5)
  • No Scone Unturned (Lexy Baker, #12)
  • Cream Puff Killer (Lexy Baker, #13)
  • Never Say Pie (Lexy Baker, #14)
  • Ain't Seen Muffin Yet (Lexy Baker, #15)

Donoghue, Emma
  • Frog Music
  • Room
  • The Wonder

Evanovich, Janet

Fifield, Christy

Finder, Joseph

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Foley, Lucy
  • Last Letter from Istanbul
  • The Book of Lost and Found
  • The Guest List
  • The Hunting Party
  • The Invitation
  • The Paris Apartment

Flynn, Gillian

French, Tana

Galbraith, Robert

Giffin, Emily

Halliday, Gemma

Harkness, Deborah

Hawkins, Paula

Hepworth, Sally
  • The Family Next Door
  • The Good Sister
  • The Mother-in-Law
  • The Mother's Promise
  • The Secrets of Midwives
  • The Things We Keep
  • The Younger Wife

Hoover, Colleen

James, P.D.

Jewell, Lisa

Johansen, Iris

King, Stephen

Lapena, Shari

Lutz, Lisa


 
Martin, George R.R.

Meier, Leslie

Meyer, Stephenie

Mitchell, David

Miranda, Megan

Morgenstern, Erin

Morton, Kate
  • The Clockmaker's Daughter
  • The Forgotten Garden
  • The House at Riverton
  • The Lake House
  • The Secret Keeper

Moyes, Jojo

Nagel, Leslie

Paris, B.A.

Patterson, James
  • Against Medical Advice
  • Beach Road
  • Black Friday
  • Cradle and All
  • Don't Blink
  • Guilty Wives
  • Hide and Seek
  • Judge & Jury
  • Kill Me If You Can
  • Lifeguard
  • Lost
  • Mistress
  • Murder, Interrupted
  • Now You See Her
  • See How They Run
  • Swimsuit
  • The Beach House
  • The Chef
  • The Coast-to-Coast Murders
  • The First Lady
  • The Inn
  • The Jester
  • The Midnight Club
  • The Midwife Murders
  • The Murder House
  • The Noise
  • The Postcard Killers
  • The Quickie
  • The Summer House
  • Toys
  • Truth or Die
  • You've Been Warned
  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1)
  • Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2)
  • Jack & Jill (Alex Cross, #3)
  • Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross, #4)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (Alex Cross, #5)
  • Roses Are Red (Alex Cross, #6)
  • Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross, #7)
  • Four Blind Mice (Alex Cross, #8)
  • The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross, #9)
  • London Bridges (Alex Cross, #10)
  • Mary, Mary (Alex Cross, #11)
  • Cross (Alex Cross, #12)
  • Double Cross (Alex Cross, #13)
  • Cross Country (Alex Cross, #14)
  • Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross, #15)
  • I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #16)
  • Cross Fire (Alex Cross, #17)
  • Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #18)
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #19)
  • Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross, #20)
  • Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)
  • Hope to Die (Alex Cross, #22)
  • Cross Justice (Alex Cross, #23)
  • Cross the Line (Alex Cross, #24)
  • Cross Kill (Alex Cross, #24.4)
  • Detective Cross (Alex Cross, #24.5)
  • The People vs. Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #25)
  • Target: Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #26)
  • Criss Cross (Alex Cross, #27)
  • Deadly Cross (Alex Cross, #28)
  • Fear No Evil (Alex Cross, #29)
  • When the Wind Blows (When the Wind Blows, #1)
  • The Lake House (When the Wind Blows, #2)

Pavone, Chris
  • The Expats (Kate Moore, #1)
  • The Paris Diversion (Kate Moore, #2)
  • The Accident
  • The Travelers

Quick, Matthew

Reichert, Amy E.

Ross, Jennifer

Stevens, Chevy

Stockett, Kathryn
  • The Help

Swanson, Cynthia

Swanson, Peter
  • All The Beautiful Lies
  • Before She Knew Him
  • Eight Perfect Murders
  • Every Vow You Break
  • Her Every Fear
  • Nine Lives
  • The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
  • The Kind Worth Killing

Tremblay, Paul

Tyler, Anne
  • A Patchwork Planet
  • A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Breathing Lessons
  • Clock Dance
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
  • Ladder of Years
  • Redhead by the Side of the Road
  • The Accidental Tourist
  • The Amateur Marriage
  • Vinegar Girl

Unger, Lisa
  • Black Out
  • Confessions on the 7:45
  • Crazy Love You
  • Darkness, My Old Friend
  • Die for You
  • Heartbroken
  • In the Blood
  • Ink and Bone
  • Last Girl Ghosted
  • Let Her Be
  • The Red Hunter
  • The Sleep Tight Motel
  • The Stranger Inside
  • The Whispering Hollows
  • Under My Skin

Upson, Nicola
  • An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey, #1)
  • Angel with Two Faces (Josephine Tey, #2)
  • Two for Sorrow (Josephine Tey, #3)
  • Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey, #4)
  • The Death of Lucy Kyte (Josephine Tey, #5)
  • London Rain (Josephine Tey, #6)
  • Nine Lessons (Josephine Tey, #7)
  • Sorry for the Dead (Josephine Tey, #8)
  • The Dead of Winter (Josephine Tey, #9)

Ware, Ruth

Watson, S.J.
  • Before I Go to Sleep
  • Final Cut
  • Flashback
  • Second Life

Weisberger, Lauren
 
Wells, Rebecca
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Ya Ya's, #1)
  • Little Altars Everywhere (Ya Ya's, #2)
  • Ya Yas in Bloom (Ya Ya's, #3)

Williams, Amanda Kyle

Wilson, Teri

Zafón, Carlos Ruiz

Various Fiction Books

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