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Book Lovers Circle 2017 July

Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible
Strout returns to the format which worked so well for her in Olive Kitteridge, a novel where each chapter is an individual story. This time, the novel is the story of the people that make up the fictional small town of Amgash, Illinois. This is the town that Lucy Barton from My Name is Lucy Barton fled from. This novel takes us into the hearts and minds of many of the people Lucy knew, and she and her family are tangentially a part of all the stories. The author writes with great sensitivity. Check Our Catalog

Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed
Two well-to-do families decide to take their children with them on a holiday cruise to Central America. All goes well until the families leave the ship for a visit to the shore. The simple outing turns into a life changing experience, when the children become separated from their parents and have to fend for themselves. Meanwhile, the parents have to navigate a bureaucracy they are unfamiliar with to get help for their children, and the parents angrily turn on each other. All parties have to use all their resources to get to a positive outcome. It's a rude awakening for the comfortable well-to-do families. Check Our Catalog

Dog On It

Dog On It
Chet is the canine narrator of this title, which is the first in a series to feature Bernie as a down on his luck private investigator and Chet, his canine buddy who is a drop out from K9 school. This book may not win any literary prizes, but it was fun. Chet cracks lots of sardonic jokes and Bernie does his best to solve the mystery, which in theiscase involves the disappearance of a teen-age girl. Check Our Catalog

How to be Human

How to be Human
This is a debut novel. Mary lives in a boro of London. She separates from her fiancée, takes a medical leave of absence from her job and has an empty social life. She somehow begins a strange connection with a fox who shows up one day in her back garden, which is at the edge of the woods. Is the fox a better being than the humans who have hurt Mary? Is the fox real or symbolic? No matter what, this is an interesting and a little unsettling original debut. Check Our Catalog

Island House

Island House
Nancy Thayer is the quintessential beach read writer, and she doesn't disappoint with this novel. Courtney returns to Nantucket for a wonderful summer with her college room-mate and her family, even though Courtney is now 29 and a university professor. Of course, Courtney is returning to Nantucket for reasons other than the beach-she wants to see if her room-mate's brother has the same feelings for her that she has for him. And there are three other siblings with issues. This is a beach novel, and what can be more fun than the beach? Check Our Catalog

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
It is the 1930's and members of the Osage tribe are wealthy from all the oil discovered under their land. They come to the attention of murderers, who start to take the easy way to inherit their money-marry a woman for her portion of the oil and then kill her. When investigators start probing too much, they start to show up murdered, too. J. Edgar Hoover sets up a team in the newly formed FBI to target this case, and the rest is history. A fast paced non-fiction that reads like a novel. Check Our Catalog

Saints for All Occasions

Saints for All Occasions
This is the saga of two women who emigrate from Ireland in the 1950's. Nora, the older of the two, is serious and responsible. Theresa is just thrilled to have a new life in Boston. It is 1957 and Theresa gets pregnant. Nora comes up with a plan that has repercussions for the entire family. 50 years later, Nora has four children, each with varying problems. When a tragedy ensures, Nora has to contact her sister, Theresa, who has been a cloistered nun for years. Now it is time to come to terms with decisions made long ago. Check Our Catalog

Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation
This is the first novel by this author. Graham Cavanaugh has been married to his second wife, Audra, for 12 years. He is now exhausted, finding it not so easy to live with her spontaneous personality, as well as live with their ten year old son who has Asperger's. Now Audra wants to befriend his first wife, Elspeth, who is the direct opposite of Audra. Graham starts to wonder if he has made the wrong choice in women. Read this and find out. Check Our Catalog

The Thirst

The Thirst
This is the 19th in the series about Harry Hole. Just when we thought Harry was through being a detective-he's back! He is happy in his teaching job, but he is lured back to find a serial killer, whose mo is that he chooses victims who use Tinder to find dates. But Harry recognizes that the killer's mo is the same as one of his killers whom he did not catch. Great characters with lots of twists and turns. Nesbo continues to be a master storyteller and mystery writer. Check Our Catalog

Twelve Angry Librarians

Twelve Angry Librarians
Charlie is interim library director at the Athena College Library, in a small town in Mississippi. When Charlie's old nemesis from library school, Gavin, is murdered after he gives the key note speech at the Southern Academic Libraries Association meeting at Charlie's college, Charlie finds he is the main suspect. Charlie has to prove his innocence and also find the real murderer, but his job has been made all the more difficult due to that fact that Gavin infuriated many of his colleagues during his speech when he stated that be believed that degreed librarians were not a necessity in academic libraries-were those killing words? Check Our Catalog



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