EW Staff
June 22, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alexandra Fuller
publisher
Random House
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

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