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Anchor and Flares

Anchor and Flares
Braestrup's first book "Here If You Need Me," told the story of how she was widowed at a young age and then raised her four young children. She was living in Maine and decided to pursue her Master's in Divinity and became a chaplain with the Maine (game) Warden Service, mostly counseling those who had lost loved ones to a force of nature. Now, she has remarried and she and her second husband have raised 6 children together. Although they are grown, she still must learn to deal with her own fears of loss, especially as her oldest child, and son, has decided to follow in her grandfather's shoes and join the military at age 17. How do you balance your needs with the needs of your family? How to you deal with the potential (and actual) loss of those you love? Braestrup tackles these questions in her own inimitable style. Check Our Catalog

Bones of You

Bones of You
Another book the likens itself to Gone Girl. Rosis has disappeared. She is found beaten and stabbed. But she still has a part in this book, as she comments about what is going on around her. Kate, whose daughter is the same age as Rosie, feels sorry for Rosie's mother, Jo, and befriends her. Jo is married to a handsome reporter. They appear to live a perfect life-but we soon find conflicting information from Jo, Neal and even Rosie. Who is telling the truth? Check Our Catalog

Book of Aron

Book of Aron
Aron, the narrator, is a young boy whose family has been forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto. He, along with a handful of other young boys and girls, survive by smuggling contraband into the ghett0 through the quarantine walls. This helps to keep their families alive. But Aron soon loses his parents, and he ends up in the Warsaw Ghetto orphanage run by a real life Warsaw ghetto her, Janusz Krocsak. Dr. Krocsak is a noted pediatrician who had been a strong advocate for children's lives, and now spends his time continuing to live up to this strong code of ethics. Are Aron's ethics strong enough? Will he beome an informant? Will he be able to help his hero? Check Our Catalog

Find the Good

Find the Good
Lende lives in a very small town in Alaska where she work for the local newspaper as an obituary writer, and she has found that you learn a lot from life about death. When she is asked to write an obituary, she meets with the family and listens while they talk about their loved one. Her solution to writing an obituary is also her solution to dealing with the challenges in life-and it is very simple-find the good. She may have to spend a long time with a family before she can find the good to write about-and her tale is cautionary. She advises us to live our lives so that it will not be hard for us to find the good-or for anyone who will be writing our obituary. She has dealt with some strong sorrows or challenges in her life, and she states that no matter where you live your life, you might as well find the good. As she says, it is that simple and that difficult. Check Our Catalog

Girl at War

Girl at War
This is a debut novel by a young author who lived in Croatia during the early part of the war. She writes about Ana, who is 10 years old when war breaks out in Yugoslavia and Ana's idyllic childhood in Croatia becomes a childhood filled with bombs, deprivation and the fear of becoming a child soldier. The story then switches to 2001, and Ana is now in American in her third year at NYU. She and a sister are being raised by adoptive parents. But even though she is so far away from Croatia and safe from war, Ana needs to go back and face the ghosts from her past in order to put the war, her memories and actions behind her. Her return to Croatia proves to be a painful catharsis for her. Check Our Catalog

In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event
This is Judy Blume's first adult novel since 1988. Set in Elizabeth, New Jersey in the short period of time in 1952 and 1953 when 3 different plane crashes occurred over the city, Judy Blume recreates the time and place-the same time and place where she herself grew up. It is not surprising then, that one of the main characters, Miri, is 15 at the time (Judy's age in 1952) and happens to have a father who is a prominent dentist-as was Judy Blume's own father. Blume has said that this will be her last book-and perhaps it is true, and this book brings her full circle, back to her own roots, in a tumultuous year. Perhaps it is her way of closing the circle of her life, and we get to listen to a good story, told by a master storyteller. Check Our Catalog

Language Arts

Language Arts
Charles Marlow is an English teacher, divorce, the father of an autistic son who is turning 21 and aging out of school. He also talks about a daughter who is bound for college as a freshman. Charles is coming to grips with where his life has gone, and where it should be going. The book is told from multiple points of view in a non-linear fashion, and in this case, the author knows exactly what she is doing. All of the pieces fit together as the rather surprising conclusion to this novel. Check Our Catalog

Little Black Lies

Little Black Lies
The novel really has it all-great setting, interesting characters and a plot that starts moving from page one and the roller coaster ride doesn't end until the very last sentence on the last page. The novel is set in the Falkland Islands. We discover quite early that Catrin Quinn has been living a reclusive life for the past 3 years-from the time that her two sons died when her best friend left them alone in her car just long enough for the car to fall off a cliff into the ocean. She has divorced from her husband, who has "moved on." Then a young child is reported missing from the local beach-the third young child to go missing in 2 years. Although the police wish to downplay the incident, Catrin, and her lover, a young man who has post-traumatic stress syndrome from his time in battle on the Falklands, disagree. Check Our Catalog

On the Move

On the Move
Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist and writer, has written this autobiography. Sacks has written books about his patients in the past, and this, his life story, reads like one of this series of stories. He has had quite a life. At 81 years of age, he announced that he has terminal cancer, but feels fortunate to have lived this long. This is a candid and hones story of his life, and his gift is that you soon feel that you talking with him-in a very long, one-sided conversation, while sharing a cup of tea. Check Our Catalog

Orphan Number Eight

Orphan Number Eight
The beginning of the book reflects the sheer despair of 1919 in the tenements in the lower East Side of New York City. Two young children are left alone after their father abandons them after the tragic death of their mother. They are raised in a Jewish orphan's home, and their life is not easy, even though this is a well-funded and supposedly "progressive" place. Young Rachel's life is made all the more difficult when she is the subject of medical experiments run by an ambitious young female doctor. The results of these experiments scar Rachel for life. Rachel somehow surmounts many obstacles, and becomes a nurse-and then one day, one of her patients is the very doctor from the orphanage, now dying of cancer and dependent on Rachel for release of her pain. Check Our Catalog

Various Haunts of Men

Various Haunts of Men
This is the first in a mystery series that features Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler. The small English town of Lafferton does not usually have much crime. A new policewoman comes, in part to get away from the pressure of London, and soon finds that she is in the midst of an investigation of a serial murderer. As one at a time, people become missing, the police are finally forced to admit that there is a serial killer in their quiet town. And so the suspense begins. Freya, the young policewoman, also finds herself attracted to the handsome chief inspector. This will keep your attention right to the end. Check Our Catalog



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