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Book Lovers Circle 2017 October

Al Franken Giant of the Senate

Al Franken <em>Giant of the Senate</em>
Skip the nightly news for a few nights and read this book-it will be good for your mental health. Franken goes from humorous stories of his upbringing, humorous stories of his Harvard education, humorous stories of his career at comedy, which took off once he started working for Saturday Night Live, and humorous stories about his decision to run for State Senator in Minnesota. He's also irreverent and self-deprecating, and he takes his job as Senator very, very seriously. But mostly, he is funny, and we could use funny right now. Check Our Catalog

The Best of Us

The Best of Us
Joyce Maynard has been writing nearly all of her life, and very often she writes about her life. In this memoir, she talks about her late-in-life courtship and marriage to Jim. She married him in her late fifties, and found him to be the love of her life. But just about a year after they were wed, Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which had already spread. The rest of her marriage is spent as they share his illness, but she is a master story teller, and that makes the book unique. She has great skills is using language, and her story, sad as it is, is told in a personal and passionate way. Check Our Catalog

The Long Haul: a Trucker's Tale of Life on the Road

The Long Haul: a Trucker's Tale of Life on the Road
Murphy dropped out of college to go on the road in 1980-and he has never looked back. He drives a long distance moving truck. In this, his first book, he talks about the many changes he has seen in America since he started, and he is full of stories about the people he has moved and the places they have moved to. He writes in a breezy, happy style. And he is modest enough to give a thank you in his acknowledgements "to India Cooper, who showed me I should have paid more attention in seventh grade grammar class." Check Our Catalog

Rise and Shine Benedict Stone

Rise and Shine Benedict Stone
Benedict Stone has been living a quiet, boring life in a small Yorkshire village, where he works as a jeweler. Suddenly, everything changes in his life-his wife leaves him and his American niece, Gemma, shows up at his doorstep. Gemma breaths new life into everything, and Benedict goes along with the changes. Soon it turns out that Gemma has a few secrets of her own. This is a gentle, lovely read with a little bit of magic in it, as well. Check Our Catalog

Young Jane Young

Young Jane Young
Young Jane Young's real name is Aviva Grossman. She was a Congressional intern who made the mistake of having an affair with the married Congressman she worked for. When the affair comes to light, she is shamed and shunned. The Congressman survives, but she is forced to change her name, move to Maine and start her life all over again with her young daughter. She thrives in the small town, but when she is drafted to run for Mayor, she finds that her past is still hanging over her. She decides to continue to move forward. The story is told in a humorous way through the eyes of four main characters. Check Our Catalog

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye
Lisbeth Salander is back again-and now she is in a woman's prison. Ironically, this is one of the first times in her life that she actually feels safe. Salander is even able to give her mentor, Mikael Blomkvist, a lead when he comes to visit her-she asks him to investigate a stock broker linked to the death years before of a child psychiatrist. a psychiatrist who worked in the same psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was confined as a child. There are lots of twists and turns in this book, which creates a lot of intrigue and suspense. And we finally get an explanation of the meaning of the dragon tattoo on Lisbeth's back. Check Our Catalog

The Last Suppers

The Last Suppers
It is the 1950's in Louisiana, and Ginny Polk, who grew up near Greenmount State Prison, hasn't left her small town as so many others have. She works as a prison cook. Ginny has such great sympathy and empathy for the prisoners, that, even though her own father was murdered, she makes it her special responsibility to cook the last meal for any prisoner prior to execution-and to cook it to perfection-the "last suppers." The warden, Roscoe Simms, take a dim view of this, but he allows her to continue the ritual. He has made it his business to watch out for her, as he was her father's best friend until he died. When some long held secrets begin to be revealed, Ginny's life will be changed forever, as will those in her town and those closest to her. Check Our Catalog

The Rules of Magic

The Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman is back to books filled with magic and fantasy-but always teaching us about our real world. This is actually a "pre-quell" to Practical Magic. which was written in 1995. Susanne Owens is living in New York City at the beginning of the 60's. All of her children have Magical and mystical powers, but they have to comply with some strict rules in order to keep their powers. The most important rule of all is not to fall in love, and both Susanne and her daughters find that that rule is impossible for them to keep. Check Our Catalog

Something Like Happy

Something Like Happy
Annie is a 35 year old Londoner trying to recover from some recent life tragedies-the death of her infant son, the dissolution of her marriage and the hospitalization of her mother. She feels she has nothing to live for-until she meets Polly. Polly enlists her in the project called Hundred Happy Days-each day, each woman pledges to do or think of one happy thing. Polly is ill and may only have one hundred days left, but she is going to drag Annie back into the world. At first, Annie fights it, but she soon realizes that life does hold happy moments, and that she really does deserve them. Check Our Catalog

Stay With Me

Stay With Me
The author was born in Lagos, Nigeria and in this novel, she writes about a couple who live in Lagos. They are university educated, so they have one foot in the modern culture and one foot in the past. They have decided that although the husband could and is even expected to have many wives, he will have only one. But the tension between modern life and tradition gets strained when the wife cannot get pregnant, and the husband's family insists that he marry another woman. The happiness of the couple is jeopardized in ways they could never imagine, and the twists and turns that life throws them is often made worse by their inability to communicate honestly with each other, due to some of the constrictions of their culture. It's an interesting way to learn about another culture, and thank goodness the story eventually has a satisfying ending. They both deserve it. Check Our Catalog



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