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Book Lovers Circle 2017 September

America's First Daughter

America's First Daughter
This well researched historical fiction novel is the story of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, who became his help-mate and protector after Jefferson's wife dies. At age 15, Patsy travels to France with her father, when he becomes American's minister to France. Here she finds out for the first time about his liaison with his slave, Sally Hemings, who is the same age that she is. Much of the story is taken from Patsy's actual diaries. As she becomes more aware of her father's actions, she becomes more protective of him, and wants to keep the liaison hidden. Her life is further complicated when she falls in love with her father's protégé. Check Our Catalog

Broken River

Broken River
A thriller. Three people move into a home in upstate New York, where two people have been murdered with a third who escaped. Each of the new occupants have problems and hidden secrets, of course. In the course of the novel, we have lots of intertwined plots, terror and murder. The narrator is an unseen voice-the Observer, who knows what is going on, but can't influence the outcome. Check Our Catalog

The Chalk Artist

The Chalk Artist
A clash of cultures and an examination of art in contemporary cultures are covered in this novel by Allegra Goodman. Nina is a young teacher trying to reach reluctant High school students. She meets the chalk artist of the title in a bar in Cambridge. Collin is a lost soul with great talent.; however, he currently is waiting tables and beautifying Cambridge, Massachusetts with beautiful, chalk drawings which he wipes away soon after they are made. Nina tries to get him a job through her wealthy father-but is she helping him? hurting him? Is he ready for '"whole world scrutiny?" Nina also gets involved in the struggle of to two of her high school students-who she feels need her guidance. Has she overstepped her boundaries? Check Our Catalog

The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness: A Memoir

The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Happiness: A Memoir
It is the early 2000's, and California girl Heather Harpham is in a surprisingly good relationship when she discovers that she is pregnant. Her boyfriend Brian does not feel ready to commit to raising a child-so Heather returns to California to raise her child alone. But shortly after Gracie's birth, Heather discovers that she is seriously ill with a blood disorder. How she handles her life and how Brian struggles with himself with his issues with fatherhood provide much of the narrative, but the memoir also talks about the braveness of children-Grace needs to undergo a bone marrow transplant at age 4. You will feel like you have gone through one yourself by the time this book has finished. But Gracie's medical issues lead all of them down a rocky road that ultimately ends in the entire family being up-lifted. Check Our Catalog

Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom
Joan and her four year old son are have spent a wonderful day at the zoo. On their way out, Joan sees a gunman and flees back into the zoo. She then spends the next 3 hours trying to hide and outwit the gunmen. The novel is told from different points of view, including that of one of the gunmen. Check Our Catalog

The Force

The Force
Denny Malone has been a cop in NYC for 18 years. He has risen to the rank of detective sergeant and runs an elite unit that wages war against gangs, drugs and guns. He is good at what he does. But somewhere along the way, he and his unit have crossed the line from clean to dirty. And the feds have found out. Now Denny has to figure out how to walk a fine line between doing his job, pleasing the feds and not betraying his fellow cops and family. This is a character study as well as a thriller. Check Our Catalog

The Fortunes

The Fortunes
This novel is four different stories which together give a poignant view of the struggles of the Chinese-American immigrant over a century of time. The novel includes a story told by a 19th century laundry worker, a Chinese film star, a friend of someone killed in a hate crime, and conclude with the story of a half-Chinese man who returns full circle to China to adopt a Chinese baby. Davies has researched the history well and he adds many real people as characters in this novel. Check Our Catalog

Marriage of a Thousand Lies

Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Lakshmi is married to Krishna. They are millennials, children of immigrants from Sri Lanka. From the outside, they have a perfect life-but inside, they are living two lies-Laskhmi is a lesbian and her husband is gay. They have chosen to live this way to please their traditional families. But when Lakshmi returns home to take care of her grandmother, she is reunited with her first lover, who is facing the torment of an arranged marriage. Lakshmi has to confront the truths about herself and see if she has the courage to stop living a lie. Check Our Catalog

The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps
In this suspense novel, Agatha works in a grocery store in London stocking shelves. She admires one of the regular customers, Meghan, who is chic, elegant and the perfect mother of two perfect children-or so she thinks. Agatha approaches Meghan when she discovers that Meghan's child is due at the same time hers is. The story goes back and forth between the two women, and soon dark secrets are revealed as well as a kidnapping. Check Our Catalog

The Shadow in the Garden: a Biographer's Tale

The Shadow in the Garden: a Biographer's Tale
James Atlas has written for the New York Times and the New Yorker, but he is most well-known for being a biographer. He spent 11 years working on a biography of Saul Bellow. Here, the biographer gives us his own autobiography-he explains how he fell in love with literature as a young man, how he studied with noted biographers in Oxford. He discusses his first subjects and also revisits some work of classical biographies. He writes with humor and candor, but, most of all, we feel the passion that he has for his work. Check Our Catalog



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