Book Lovers Circle February
The Bishop's Wife
The author is a practicing member of the Mormon Church, and she writes about what she knows. Linda Wallheim is the wife of a Mormon bishop, and her job is to be his help-meet. When a young Mormon father shows up at their door step claiming that his wife has run away and left him to take care of their young daughter, Linda can't quite believe him, even though her husband accepts the father's story. And so Linda decides to do a little detective work on her own. As she starts to investigate, a lot of unpleasant dark truths emerge.
The mystery in this book is almost secondary to the strong character development, especially that of Linda, who is a devout Mormon wife with a mind of her own. Check Our Catalog
This novel was published first in the Netherlands, where it was a best seller. The main character seems to have a perfect life-good job, beautiful wife, happy stepchildren, and a magnificent home. And then it all starts to crumble. His step children have issues, his own son has become violent-and that is only the start of his fall from grace.
The title of the book refers to the street the family lived on when they lived in the US for a short time-a time when the family was whole and happy. Check Our Catalog
Etta and Otto and Russell and James
Etta is a married woman in her eighties living in rural Canada who decides one day to set out on a journey to "see the water." And by this, she means the Atlantic Ocean, 3200 miles away. She leaves his husband Otto, carefully giving him her recipes and leaving him the truck, and leaves. Russell, their neighbor, who has always wanted Etta, decides to set out to find her, but soon realizes he needs to take care of some loose ends of his life first. And James is a non-human animal who becomes Etta's travelling companion. This is a lovely story about ordinary people trying to take care of the unfinished business of their lives. Check Our Catalog
The Girl on the Train
This psychological suspense novel tells the same story from the points of view of 3 characters. Rachel, the girl on the train, takes the train to London every day, pretending to her flat mate that she still has a job. Every day she passes the road where her ex-husband now lives with his new wife and child; and she spots another seemingly happy couple that she fantasizes about. One day, she sees something which makes her question how happy that couple really is, and when Megan, the wife in this marriage, disappears, Rachel strats to try to help. Anna, her ex-husband's new wife, is the third narrator. Somehow, the puzzle pieces get put together in a dramatic ending. You might find that you need to keep reading this book in one sitting, just to find out what really is happening. Check Our Catalog
I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
Betty Halbreich is now 86 years old and still works as a personal shopper in Bergdorf Goodman's, in fact, she was hired as their first ever personal shopper over 40 years ago.
These are her memoirs. Betty married young and she married well-but, as the years passed, this was not the case. She divorced her philandering husband, and with no job and no money, she found a lifeline in a job at Bergdorf's. She had such style, that the store created a position of personal shopper just for her-and she has been dressing the rich (and famous) ever since then. Her direct style and common sense point of view are charming. She has lived quite a life, and her memoirs are a delight. Lena Dunham is going to write an HBO series based on her life. Check Our Catalog
Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories
During his first year of residency, young Dr. Holt had many experiences which taught him not only about medical care, but about the human spirit as well. He has carefully chosen the 9 stories in this book so that we see how and what he learned from each experience- not just about medical care, but, in fact, more about how a doctor has to deal first with the fact that their patients are distinct individuals. Each episode is a learning experience, and the reader can learn along with the doctor. Check Our Catalog
The Magician's Lie
"The Amazing Arden" is a rarity in 1905-she is a female illusionist with a thriving career. But one night, after she performs her most famous feat-axing a man in half-the dead body of her husband is found axed to death. This is historical fiction as well as the life of an interesting woman, who had enough abuse and heartbreak to last a lifetime. There are a few suprises in the book and it is a great re-creation of the time when a travelling magic show as much as part of American entertainment as the travelling vaudeville show. Check Our Catalog
The author served in Iraq, and this book is a collection of 12 fictional vignettes about the war. It is interesting, but tough reading. Although all wars seem to be the same sad mix of death and dying, war is different for every soldier, and each was has its unique characteristics. This is good writing, and one of my concerns is that it is too bad that we have so many wars and war experiences to hear about. Check Our Catalog
The Rosie Effect
Don and Rosie, the two star crossed lovers from The Rosie Project
, are back in this sequel. They are now married and have relocated to New York City. Don, the guy who needs to have his life neatly placed on a spreadsheet, still has trouble handling anything that can't be neatly boxed. When Rosie announces a pregnancy that was unexpected to him, trouble ensues. Don stuggles to understand the pregnancy and the life changes that he and Rosie will have to deal with. Don does his best, with often humorous results. Check Our Catalog
This is a debut novel. Four friends who were born and raised in the same small town in Wisconsin are all back together. One man never moved, and lives with his wife, Beth. The others have returned from successful and not so successful lives outside of their small town. Beth was often the center of their lives. The story is told through the voices of the friends, and it is really story about the author's love of small towns in American with their small town values and big hearts. Check Our Catalog