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Book Lovers Circle 2017 August

Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours
This novel is based on true events that took place when Georgia Tann operated the Memphis branch of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. It tells the fictional story of a family whose lives were changed by the criminal activities of Georgia Tann, which included the abuse of the adoption system by kidnapping children, using the parents' ignorance of the law, often abusing or also "selling' them to the highest bidders. Rill and her siblings are taken away from the only home they ever knew when their parents unwittingly sign their parental rights away. This story intertwines with the story of Avery Stafford, a woman who has everything, and has moved back home to Georgia to take care of her father and help him during his run for state senator. When Avery meets a woman in a nursing whom whom somehow has ties to Avery's beloved grandmother, the plot picks up speed. Check Our Catalog

The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying

The Bright Hour: a memoir of living and dying
Nina Riggs is the great great great grand-daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and she, like him, has poetry in her soul. The book is an honest depiction of someone with a terminal illness. Riggs was 37 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer-it was only a "small spot." But she was unlucky enough to have her cancer spread. She makes a decision when she is deemed terminal to treasure each day. She writes about life with death coming closer and closer with wit and humor, and an appreciation of each day she is given. It is an uplifting book. Check Our Catalog

Death Need Not Be Fatal

Death Need Not Be Fatal
Malachy McCourt is a story-teller just like his brother, Frank McCourt, who wrote Angela's Ashes. There is nothing better than a good Irish story, and this book is filled with McCourt's musings on life and death, and everything in between. The book was described as "breezy and light-hearted, except when it's not." Read it to appreciate it. Check Our Catalog

Down a Dark Road

Down a Dark Road
This is the ninth in a series about Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police in Amish country in Ohio. Kate has the experience of once being a member of the Amish community, so she is called upon whenever there is a problem with the Amish. This time, it's personal-Joseph King, an Amish man who was convicted of murdering his wife, escapes from prison. Kate, in an attempt to protect his children, is drawn into a confrontation with him that has a tragic result, but not before Joseph professes his innocence and begs Kate to help him clear his name. Kate starts to look into the case and finds that some of the facts unearthed about this case just do not make sense. It doesn't help that Kate, as a young girl, was friends with Joseph; in fact, he was her first crush. She starts her own investigation into the case and it leads her into danger. Check Our Catalog

The Heirs

The Heirs
Rupert Falkes was a self-made man, although his marriage into a wealthy New York family didn't hurt. Rupert passes away at age 65 and his estate goes to his heirs-an uppercrust wife and five over-achieving sons. And then another woman claims that Rupert has fathered two sons with her. Alternating chapters show the points of view of not only the main characters, but some of the background characters which serves to flesh out this interesting family and their relationships in both the past and present. Check Our Catalog

Leaving Lucy Pear

Leaving Lucy Pear
Beatrice is the first person to leave Lucy Pear, who is her daughter. It is 1917 and unmarried Beatrice leaves her newborn in a place where she knows she will be found-in the pear orchard. Lucy is found and raised by Emma Murphy. Ten years later, Beatrice returns home to Cape Ann, Massachusetts and very quickly finds her life intertwined with that of her daughter and her daughter's adoptive mother. Slowly, the secrets of the two women are revealed, as well as the secrets that Lucy Pear has herself. It is a tale of the days of Prohibition, of class struggle and the bonds of family. Check Our Catalog

Little Sister

Little Sister
Rose Bowan leads a very ordinary life-except that when it thunders; then she finds herself leaving her body and inhabiting that of a Harriet Smith, a woman who may or may not exist, but whose life takes on great meaning for Rose. As she searches for Harriet, Rose discovers more about herself and her family as she deals with her guilt about not being able to help her sister, Ava, who died. Check Our Catalog

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Lydia Smith loves her job as clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore-lots of books, quirky colleagues, and even quirkier regulars that become like family. Things are going well until her life takes an unexpected turn-one of the regulars, a young man, has hung himself in the store-and in his pocket is a picture of Lydia. Lydia, who has been fleeing from a dark secret in her past, now has to try to figure out how young Joey factored into it, and the story becomes a full-fledged mystery. Good sleuthing and interesting characters in a bookstore setting-how can it lose? Check Our Catalog

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy

Option B:  Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy
Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook, lost her husband suddenly. She felt that neither she nor her children would ever be happy again. Her friend, Adam Grant, a psychologist, encouraged her with his belief that people can be resilient and come back from tragedy, and that there are techniques to help people do that. The title comes from a comment made by a friend who was acting as a surrogate father for one of her children at a father-child activity. When she said to him, "I want Dave," her friend replied, "Option A is not available" and promised to help her make the most of Option B. This book is great for anyone who wants to overcome some sadness or tragedy in their life or if you want ways to help someone who is going through a bad time. It's not depressing, it's uplifting. Check Our Catalog

You Don't Look Your Age and Other Fairytales

You Don't Look Your Age and Other Fairytales
Sheila Nevins is 77 and a renowned documentarian-and she is a very funny lady. She writes wittily about being a working mother, a woman in a man's world, and an older woman in a world where being and looking youthful is still worshipped. It's a fun read. Check Our Catalog



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