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Book Lovers Circle February

All the Stars in the Heavens

All the Stars in the Heavens
This novel, by the author of the Big Stone Gap series, is about movie stars and ordinary people. It is the fictionalized account of the life and times of Loretta Young and her family paired with the story of Alda, the "ordinary" person who became her secretary. Both Alda and Loretta are likeable people, although many of the people Loretta meets in her career are not so likeable. Loretta falls in love with the married Spencer Tracy, and then falls for Clark Gable. Loretta becomes pregnant with Clark Gable's child, and in order to continue her career, she gives birth in secret and then arranges for her child to be cared for until she can arrange to "adopt" her. . If you loved the time of the great movie stars, then this will add to the pleasure of this book. It's a light read, and a lot of fun. Check Our Catalog

Bird

Bird
A debut novel written by an experienced short story writer. Bird is the mother of two young children. During the day, while she dutifully takes care of her family, husband and children, she also dreams of the obsessive passion she had for an old lover. The book is written in a very poetic, dreamlike style, which highlights Bird's life-half in a dream and half in reality. Check Our Catalog

Blood, Salt, Water

Blood, Salt, Water
Alex Morrow, the over-worked and underpaid investigator from Glasgow, Scotland, returns in this novel to investigate the disappearance of a woman who has been suspected of criminal activity and who disappears under surveillance. Check Our Catalog

The GIrl Without a Name

The GIrl Without a Name
Dr. Zoe Goldman, a psychiatrist, is assigned a tough case. No one can identify the young girl who was brought in from the streets in a catatonic state. Zoe decides to track down the girl's family on her own. Of course, this puts her in danger, as well as her young Jane Doe. We first me Zoe in Sandra Block's book Little Black Lies. Check Our Catalog

Guest Room

Guest Room
In this, his 18th novel, Bohjalian tells two stories-one is the story of an upstanding citizen, Richard Chapman, who has a good job, lovely wife and beautiful home-until one night, while he is hosting a bachelor party for his brother - all that changes. In the blink of an eye, two Russian pimps are dead and blood is spattered all over his lovely home, while the two Russian strippers, brought in for entertainment, have disappeared. Richard's story is juxtaposed with that of Alexandra, one of the strippers, as we look at two different people from two different worlds who came together for one night. Check Our Catalog

I Will Find You

I Will Find You
This is the true story of a woman reporter who was raped at age 30, and never dealt with her attack until she begins to fear for the safety of her college age daughter. In order to put to rest the power her rapist had over her for 21 years, she went to search out his life skills. Her reporting skills help her to find out the story of her rapist-what life factors helped shape him, what happens to people who survive prison, and what happens to people who survive rape.

My Name is Lucy Barton

My Name is Lucy Barton
Lucy Barton is hospitalized for weeks from an infection after an appendectomy. Lucy has been estranged from her mother for years, but she wakes up one day to find her mother quietly sitting in a chair next to her hospital bed. Lucy's husband has asked her to come, and the novel deals with their attempt to rekindle a relationship. Slowly the author reveals the sadness behind the relationship between the two women. Lucy had a very bare childhood, a childhood where she suffered abuse but was not protected by her mother-abuse her mother does not even seem to remember. The novel is very tender and well written. Check Our Catalog

On My Own Two Feet

On My Own Two Feet
When she was 19, Amy lost her legs when she contracted and nearly died from bacterial meningitis. That was the moment that was to define the rest of her life. She had to recover from the loss and get on with her life-both physically and spiritually. She eventually won a bronze medal in adaptive snowboarding at the 2014 Paraolympic Games and then, of course, appeared and made it to the finale of the TV show, Dancing with the Stars. Her optimism is contagious. Check Our Catalog

Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning
his is Gaiman's latest short story collection. It includes horror stories, ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales. It also includes a companion piece to his novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Check Our Catalog

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
At the age of 36, the author, after finishing nearly a decade of study to become a neurosurgeon, finds out that he has Stage 4 lung cancer. Kalanithi wants to tell his story, as only a doctor with a literary degree, can. He discusses what dying is like from the inside out. This book may sound depressing, but it is full of love and hope and his desire to tell his story in his own words. In the midst of cancer treatment, he and his wife decide to have a child. This book is realistic and almost joyful as we watch Kalanithi appreciate the time he has left. He died in March, 2015, but his legacy lives on. Check Our Catalog



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