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Book Lovers Circle February

Before I Forget

Before I Forget
B. Smith, restauranteur and cook book author, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease at age 64. She and her husband have written this book to tell their story, to share their experience and to share advice for other people in their situation. The short chapters carry the narrative as well as contain medical advice and practical information for living with this disease. Useful for anyone needed some practical advice. It is also a love story filled with hope. Check Our Catalog

Books for Living

Books for Living
Will Schalbe, who wrote The End of Your Life Bookclub, which detailed the books that he read with his mother as she died from cancer, now writes about the books that have influenced him. In each chapter, he talks about a book he has read, who was with him at the time, where he was, and what the book meant to him. It's always fun to ask people "what are you reading?' and here you get a book of titles and answers as to why he has picked each title. Check Our Catalog

The Girl Before

The Girl Before
This is a psychological thriller told in alternating chapters by two women whose lives are connected by the flat that they rented from the same man at different times. Both women, who were desperate for an affordable place to live, were willing to answer detailed questions from a mysterious landlord with some eccentric rules. One woman, Emma, died a mysterious death. Jane, the girl who came after her, starts to learn more about Emma. Check Our Catalog

In Such Good Company

In Such Good Company
Carol Burnett watched all 276 episodes of her show, and started to write down her memories of her favorite shows. This book is like sitting down and having a conversation with her about the shows, her co-workers and guest stars. You can learn the secrets of the show-how one version would be taped and then when it was taped a second time, Tim Conway would start to do all the ad-libs that left both audience and cast members in tears of laughter. It's a nice era to relive. Check Our Catalog

I'll Take You There

I'll Take You There
Felix Funicello, distantly related to the famous Annette, runs a film class in a renovated vaudeville house, and one evening, while setting up for his class, he is visited by several ghosts who give him a chance to see some old films, which happen to be of his past. He even gets a chance to relive his past life, and work through some of the issues he had with his dad, mom and two sisters. The novel is a nostalgic look at life in the 1950's, as well as a way for Felix to put the past behind him and focus on his future. Check Our Catalog

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus
Teddy is Lily's owner. Although Lily is a dachshund, she and Teddy have long conversations. Teddy is a single gay man in his early 40's, living alone except for Lily. One day Teddy realizes that Lily has an "octopus" growing in her brain-a brain tumor which will ultimately take the aging dog's life. Teddy has to come to grips with "enclosed world syndrome," which is when a dog owner relates so well and easily to their pet that they find it easier to withdraw from the world than be in it. Check Our Catalog

Miss Jane

Miss Jane
Miss Jane is born in 1915 in a small town in Mississippi. From her birth, she is special. The Doctor who delivers her has to explain to her parents that she has a congenital defect that will cause her to be incontinent and never bear children. Miss Jane is based on an aunt of the author who had this condition. Miss Jane's life is made bearable through the love of her parents and the fact that the doctor takes a special interest in her and helps her to understand how to handle her life at each stage of it. The characters in the book ring true to its time and place, and Miss Jane is indeed special. Check Our Catalog

North Water

North Water
An historical thriller that takes place on board a whaling ship heading to the Arctic Circle. Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon who has signed onto a whaling ship, has no idea that a killer is on board. When Patrick treats a young cabin boy who has been abused, he wants to search for the abuser. His search results in the death of the cabin boy, and now he works to solve a mystery in the midst of a whaling trip already filled with danger. Check Our Catalog

Second Mrs. Hockaday

Second Mrs. Hockaday
This is a debut novel inspired by a real incident during and after the Civil War. A 17 year old girl marries a 32 year old Confederate major who already has a young son. Two days after their marriage, he leaves to go back to war, and she is left with the child, a farm and slaves to be cared for. Two years later, when he returns, he finds that she is in jail for having an infant during his absence and supposedly killing the baby. The story is told through multiple perspectives and with some interesting literary devices-letters, court records, and even a personal diary. Her story spans three decades as she and her family overcome the problems of the past. Check Our Catalog

They're Playing Our Song

They're Playing Our Song
The first song that Carole Bayer Sager wrote was made into a record, "A Groovy Kind of Love." It became a number one hit. She was 17 years old. But her life did not follow such an easy upwards trajectory. She had lots of hits and misses, both in her songs and her personal life. She worked with the best - Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Allen, Melissa Manchester and Burt Bacharach, whom she married. She talks not only about her interesting life, but about the song writing process as well. Check Our Catalog



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