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Book Review: The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

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Let me begin by being upfront . . . I won an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson in Goodreads.com's First Reads Giveaway in exchange for my honest review of the book.
Third time is a charm, right? It took me THREE tries to actually read Cynthia Swanson's The Bookseller, but on that third try, it sucked me in, and I couldn't put the book down. Fair warning, there are some minor spoilers below.
Autism is a minor theme throughout the book. The way the characters handled and reacted to autistic kids took me by surprise and saddened me. No one seemed how to interact with these kids. What's even more surprising is the doctor said that autism is caused by mothers who don't show their babies enough love and don't hold them enough. I surely hope this wasn't really the way doctors thought in the 1960's.
Another interesting point in The Bookseller is Kitty and Freida couldn't get a loan from the bank to open their bookstore. T…