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Book Lovers Circle August 2014

All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing
The author of this book grew up in Australia and England. This is the story of Jake Whyte, a young woman living alone on an isolated British island with only a sheepdog and a flock of sheep. But now, every few days, someone or something is killing off one of her sheep. Parts of the book go back into her difficult past, juxtaposed with her struggle to live in the present. The book reveals just how what happened in the past has continued to impact on her life in the present. Check Our Catalog

The Bees

The Bees
Flora 717 is a bee in the lowest cast of her hive. Because of threats to the hive, Flora is allowed to rise above her caste. She is given the job of feeding the newborns in the nursery, flies free to collect nectar and pollen, and she is even awarded access to the Queen's inner chamber, where she breaks the most sacred law of all-she challenges the Queen as the only fertile female in the hive. Flora thinks for herself in a society where individual thinking does not exist. The hive is a microcosm of our world, populated by bees rather than humans. It will teach us lessons about how to cherish our individualism. Check Our Catalog

China Dolls

China Dolls
In her latest novel, Lisa See writes about 3 young women who are part of what is referred to as the "chop suey" circuit. They are performers in an all Asian revue . Trouble and change ensue once warplanes fly into in Pearl Harbor. And even more problems will ensue once the world learns the secret of one of the dancers - she is actually Japanese, but passing as Chinese. Troubles both personal and professional start to tear the friends apart. Check Our Catalog

Her Last Breath

Her Last Breath
This is the latest in the Kate Burkholder mystery series featuring Kate, a detective who was once a member of the Amish community in Ohio and who is sent to solve crimes in that area because of her personal connection. Her childhood best friend's husband and two of their three children are killed in an horrific buggy crash-Kate soon finds that the accident is suspicious, and it looks like it was done deliberately. What sets the mysteries in this series apart is the juxtaposition of violent death and crime in the bucolic Amish countryside, and the personality of Kate, full of guilt about her past and always honest while struggling with her own conflicting emotions. Check Our Catalog

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street
Malka Bialystoker comes to America from Russia with her family in 1913. Within months, her entire life changes-her father abandons her mother and after Malka is hurt by a street vendor's horse, Malka's mother abandons her child. The novel spans about 70 years in the life of Malka and the history of the US. It becomes historical fiction as well as a family saga, as well as incorporating the history of the American ice cream industry. Check Our Catalog

Land of Love and Drowning

Land of Love and Drowning
The author of this book has already won several writing awards for her short stories, but this is her first novel. She is from the Virgin Islands, and this debut novel is a wonderful family saga set there. In the early 1900's, just as ownership of the Virgin Islands is going from the Danish to the Americans, a ship sinks which orphans 2 sisters and their half-brother. The novel tells the story of this family over the next 60 years-love, marriage, incest, births, deaths, with a little bit of magic. Check Our Catalog

The Vacationers

The Vacationers
An American family takes a two week vacation from their home in New York City. They are celebrating their 35th anniversary and their daughter's graduation from high school. The idea is to escape from the tensions simmering at home, but all the issues follow them on vacation. It is a domestic drama filled with all the angst of being a family. It is summer reading on the serious side. Check Our Catalog

What is Visible

What is Visible
Decades before Helen Keller was born, Laura Bridgeman lost all of her senses except touch, at the age of two. This is a fictional account of her life. Age age 7, she was taught by Dr. Samuel Howe to communicate via hand spelling and she became quite a celebrated figure at his Perkins Institute. She was used to showcase his accomplishments, and although she became deeply and dependently in love with him, he viewed her only as a successful "experiment," and he marries the poetess and suffragette, Julia Ward. The book is told in alternating chapters by Laura, Samuel Howe, Julia Ward Howe, and Laura's teacher. It has been meticulously researched and provides a glimpse into an era where women were often powerless, even if they did have use of all of their senses. Check Our Catalog

The Year She Left Us

The Year She Left Us
This debut novel is the tale of 4 Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family. Charlie, a bright lawyer adopts her daughter Ari from China. The family is dominated by Ari's aunt, who is a well respected judge, and Ari's grandmother, beautiful, well educated and demanding. Ari struggles to find her identity in this family, and never really feels like she belongs. Her need to find out who she is and who she might belong to dominates her life, aggravates her family, and makes everyone's life difficult. The author does not sugarcoat the struggles that her characters have. Check Our Catalog



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