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Book Lovers Circle April

Bird Skinner

Bird Skinner
Jim Carroway is the "bird skinner" of the title. He once was a noted ornithologist for the Museum of Natural History, and is forced to retire after a leg amputation. It is 1973, and he retreats to his childhood home in Maine, where he plans to do everything his doctor has told him not to do-drink and smoke himself to oblivion. The unexpected arrival of the daughter of a man whose father worked with him as a scout during World War II in the Solomon Islands interrupts his plan. She comes to stay the summer before starting pre-med work at Yal in the fall. Will her youth and optimism help or hurt Jim's struggle to find a way to have peace? Check Our Catalog

Fiercombe Manor

Fiercombe Manor
A Gothic style novel that takes place in more modern times. In 1933, Alice, age 22, finds herself pregnant and unmarried. Her mother makes arrangements for her to live with the housekeeper at Fiercombe Manor, an old, isolated and untended mansion. Alice feels that "something is not right" and she turns out to be correct. Thirty years before, another pregnant woman was living in Fiercombe Manor-Lady Elizabeth Stanton. This has all the right ingredients for a Gothic style mystery-pregnancy, madness, ghosts, dreams and a found diary. Check Our Catalog

Find Me

Find Me
This debut novel takes dystopian fiction to a different level. Joy is 19 and living in a hospital in Kansas as she was one of the few survivors of a virus which has killed millions of people. She and other survivors are together as a medical team tries to find an antidote to the virus in the blood of the survivors. But Joy is looking for more than survival-having been abandoned by her mother as an infant and having been raised in oppressive foster homes, she dreams of being "found" or at least finding someone in the world to care for her and about her, in a world that increasingly looks like it is coming to an end. Check Our Catalog

Finding Jake

Finding Jake
The book opens with a shooting at a local high school. We find out that some students have been killed, at least one shooter has also been killed, but one student is missing. It is Jake. Where is he? Was he one of the shooters? The answers come from Jake's father, Simon, who tells us the story of Jake from his conception until the fateful day of the shooting. Simon' story is complicated, made more poignant by the fact that Simon chose to be a stay-at-home Dad, raising Jake and his younger sister. Simon was often consumed by parental guilt, but nothing compares to what he goes through on the day of the shooting. Check Our Catalog

The Forgotten Girls

The Forgotten Girls
Blaedel is a skilled Scandinavian author. In this book, the heroine, Louise Rick, has just started a new position as commander of the Missing Persons Department when a body is found in the woods. But Louise life gets complicated when she discovers that the body of the woman is identified as a woman born brain damaged, who was institutionalized, and whose father was told that she had dies 27 years before. And she also had a twin sister, who also had been reported as having died. So now Louise has a missing person to find and an explanation to give to the children's father. She also has a new partner, whom she starts to have feelings for. Fast paced. Check Our Catalog

Life From Scratch

Life From Scratch
This is a non-fiction book written by a food blogger. Martin decides to challenge herself to cook something from a different country each week. It takes her 4 years to cook the 195 meals with origins in other countries. But as she wrote the book, it took a different focus-it became a memoir of her life. Martin lived with a creative, eccentric mother who couldn't care for her. She spent time as a foster child to a couple, loved cooking, went to the Culinary Institute of America, and then spent time wandering, trying to put the pieces of her life together. She also talks about her dishes, when she cooked them, why she cooked them, and includes recipes. This is a fascinating look into the life of someone who saved herself by cooking. Check Our Catalog

A Little Life

A Little Life
Written by a woman, this is the story of 4 males who remain friends for over 30 years. All 4 met in college, and all 4 go to seek their fortunes in New York City. The book focuses most on Jude, a gifted litigator. He suffered horrible childhood trauma, which scarred both his body as well as his mind. How each of them moves on in their lives-their ups and downs, and whether they, especially Jude, can overcome their pasts provides the "meat" of this novel. Check Our Catalog

Man at the Helm

Man at the Helm
This is a debut novel. Lizzie Vogel, a bright 9 year old, was happily living in London with her mother, father, an older sister and a baby brother, when her father and mother divorce, the beautiful London home is sold, and the fatherless family moves into a small English village. It is the 1970's, and everyone knows everyone else's business in their little town-and no one believes in a fatherless family. Lizzie and her sister decide that they want to find a "man at the helm." The book is full of sweet humor as the girls set out to find a man to head their family. Check Our Catalog

No Country

No Country
A young Irishman, fighting for Irish independence in 1843, ends up having to flee to Calcutta. Meanwhile, his best friend Brendan flees in a different direction, going to America with the young daughter of his friend, the daughter his friend never knew existed. What happens to these two friends, and their descendants, makes an ambitious tale told over two centuries-and three continents. 19th century Ireland, colonial India and present day New York come alive in a multi-generational drama. Great historical fiction. Check Our Catalog

Secrets of Midwives

Secrets of Midwives
Three generations of mid-wives are living in contemporary Providence, Rhode Island. Each of them tells the story from their point of view-Floss, the first generation of mid-wives; Grace, her daughter, and Neva, Grace's daughter and third generation. These women are skilled midwives, but it turns out they are skilled at something else as well-keeping secrets. Neva reveals that she is pregnant, but refuses to reveal the father's name. Grace is determined to pry it out of her, but Floss is more reluctant-her grand-daughter's situation reminds her of a similar situation in her own past. As the novel progresses, it becomes apparent that all three mid-wives are hiding past secrets. Time to find them out. Check Our Catalog



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