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Book Lovers Circle December 2016

32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line

32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line
Eric, a lonely child of divorce, living in the South of France, was only happy in the kitchen. So it was only natural that he knew he had found his calling when a renowned local chef took him under his wing. The world of a top chef is brutal, but Eric was able to rise up the food chain. He is now co-owner of a New York landmark restaurant, and has received Emmy and James Beard awards, as well as being the author of 5 cook books. Check Our Catalog

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
Amy Ellis Nutt is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. This is the story of a regular American family-two parents adopted identical twin boys in 1997. Jonas took right away to playing with "boy" toys, and Wyatt preferred glitz and princess dolls. Wyatt, as a toddler, insisted he was female. This was in the "dark ages" of knowledge about gender identity, but Wyatt's mother, Kelly, instinctively wanted her child to be happy. And thus the family started on the long journey of understanding gender identity, advocating and fighting for their child all the way. Wyatt's dad had to overcome his fears to become an advocate, and he is now one of the strongest advocates for his daughter, who chose the name Nicole. This family set out to help their child and ended up helping many children. Check Our Catalog

Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees
Carly Simon, now a cultural icon, writes of the first three decades of her life. She grew up in a privileged world, daughter of Richard Simon, co-founder of Simon and Schuster. But her life was full of family problems. Carly had a great love of music and a strong desire to perform, but she also had severe stage fright and a stutter. She tells us the bqack story of her wild rise as a professional singer and song writer, her turbulent personal life, and, of course, her marriage to James Taylor. She is a talented writer, with a good ear for language, so her story is told well. Check Our Catalog

Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours

Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis's name may not be familiar to you, but her story is. She was one of the first grade teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, 2012. She survived and all of her children survived as she hid every child in her classroom in the tiny one-person bathroom in her classroom. She refused to open the door until a policeman slid a badge under the door to prove to her that they were on of the good guys. This is the story of what happens after a tragedy. How does a teacher go back into a classroom after that experience? Kaitlin tells us what happened to her "after" and how this experience changed her life for both better and worse. Check Our Catalog

Dear Mr. M

Dear Mr. M
M is a once celebrated author, whose fame came from a novel based on a real-life disappearance of a history teacher. It became best seller, but now Mr. M has faded into obscurity, except that no someone is watching him-who and why? This novel is told in pieces, from different points of view, so you have to pay attention to fit all the puzzle pieces together. Characters change, just as the truth does. A good challenging read. Check Our Catalog

Dinner with Edward: A Story of Unexpected Friendship

Dinner with Edward: A Story of Unexpected Friendship
Edward is a widower, planning his death, or at least looking forward to it, Isabel is a women who no longer believes in love. The two meet. This is the true story of Isabel, an investigative reporter for the New York Post, and the man who she is asked to check on by his concerned daughter. The two develop a lovely relationship, based first on the wonderful dinners that Edward cooks for Isabel. It's a charming story, and can warm your heart this winter-and give you a few menu suggestions as well! Check Our Catalog

Orphans of the Carnival

Orphans of the Carnival
This is a fictionalized story of an actual woman, Julia Pastrana, and 19th century Mexican orphan, who was an accomplished dancer, singer and was fluent in 3 languages. She longed to be a performer, but due to her physical abnormalities, she could only survive by being exhibited as a freak-she suffered from the condition of hypertichosis, which caused heavy hair grown all over her body, and she had facial maladies, which caused her jaw to jut out. She perfected her act, and yearning for love, she found it in her handsome manager, who married her. What happens to Julia reveals as her life goes on reveals some truths about us as human beings and how we judge, or misjudge, others. Check Our Catalog

Paris for One and Other Stories

Paris for One and Other Stories
This is a collection of pieces new to American readers. It includes one novella and 8 short stories. It is a combination of romance with a large dose of social commentary. The heroines are strong women who work hard to make their ordinary lives special. Check Our Catalog

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
Christopher Knight disappeared into the Maine woods in 1986 and was not heard from until nearly 30 years later, when he was arrested for stealing food. His story caught the interest of author, Michael Finkel, who spend a lot of time with this real life hermit. He includes research which he did about people and groups that choose to live in isolation.

Wild and Precious Life

Wild and Precious Life
Deborah Ziegler is the mother of Brittany Maynard, the young woman who at 29 years of age and suffering from terminal brain cancer, took charge of her own life and chose to end it with dignity. Ziegler, who originally fought her daughter's decision, now had become an advocate for her daughter's decision. Check Our Catalog



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