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Book Lovers Circle January

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
What Patrick Kennedy, former Congressman and son of Senator Ted Kennedy, has to say is worth listening to. Kennedy details the struggles of his own addiction, both to drugs and alcohol, compounded by his diagnosis of bi-polar disorder and how his family has handled their long history of similar problems. Patrick uses his own battles to fight for mental health parity, and more services to those who have addiction and mental health issues. His book combines matter of fact gossip with a call to action. But what it really shows us is that any of these issues can happen to any one of us-rich or poor; his struggle is really a common struggle. Check Our Catalog

A Dictionary of Mutural Understanding

A Dictionary of Mutural Understanding
This is the story of a Japanese family before and after World War II-but it is even more than that. One day, a widow in America, who left Japan after World War II to flee from the memories of the loss of her daughter and grand-son in the bombing of Nagasaki, opens the door to find a burned and scarred man who introduces himself to her as her grandson, Hideo, the child she thought she lost years ago in the bombing. Through flashbacks and the use of diaries, the reader starts to find out the back story, which would be interesting anyway, but has been made all the more so with the additional drama of he war and then the terrible aftermath of the bombing. Check Our Catalog

Fates and Furies

Fates and Furies
This is the story of a marriage over the course of 24 years told from the perspective of each partner. From the perspective of the husband, the two struggled but achieved personal success. The second half of the story is told from the wife's point of view. Was she supportive and loving? Or was she full of secrets, lies that never became lies because she never told them to her husband? Is she manipulative? Read it and see. Check Our Catalog

The Light of the World

The Light of the World
Alexander is a renowned poet; she composed and recited "Praise Song for a Day," at the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. She is also a mother and wife-happily married to a devoted and talented man-who shatters her life when he literally drops dead from a heart attack. This is a memoir written in "poetic prose." It is written from deep inside of a heart that was shattered and the reader watches as is slowly starts to heal. Alexander turns her grief into works that will resonate with the reader long after the book has been read. Check Our Catalog

The Muralist

The Muralist
Alizee Benoit is a young American painter who vanishes in New York City in 1940. 70 years later, her great niece, Danielle, working at Christie's, finds paintings hidden behind the works of now famous Abstract Impressionistic artists. They look like paintings she has seen that were made by her great aunt. Danielle sets out to discover just what had happened to her great aunt. The search leads her back to Europe, where her great aunt had travelled, trying to obtain visas for her Jewish family trapped in Europe in the Nazi era. The book is well researched and made even more timely by the refugee crisis we are faced with in today's world. Check Our Catalog

One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far
Why did Emily Coleman leave her husband, her family and lovely home one day? Why did she recreate herself as a totally new person? And will she ever really escape her past? The answer to the riddle of Emily Coleman's life is slowly unraveled over the course of the book, which uses the technique of multiple narratives and jumps back and forth in time to draw out the truth and put all the clues together to get to the answer. This is a debut novel. Check Our Catalog

Piece of Mind

Piece of Mind
Lucy, at age 27, lives with her father in their small New York apartment. Lucy's life has never been the same since she was 3 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She lives a quiet, isolated life-until her father dies suddenly and unexpectedly. With very little money, her brother has to leave college and work two jobs to support himself and his sister, and Lucy moves in with him. Change is hard for Lucy-but she has to learn to take care of herself, and eventually has to take care of Nate, who is overwhelmed by his new responsibilities. And Lucy rises to the occasion. The author has based the character of Lucy on her sister, so the workings of Lucy's mind ring true. Lucy is a memorable character. Check Our Catalog

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Thirteen Ways of Looking
The author of Let the Great World Spin and Transatlantic gives us some short fiction - three stories and a novella - which showcase his ability to write interesting and thoughtful pieces. A critic describes McCann as having "a poet's ear, a psychologist's understanding and a humanitarian's conscience." Check Our Catalog

The Spark and the Drive

The Spark and the Drive
The author has used his experience as a mechanic to write a coming-of-age story about a teen-aged boy. It is 1985 and Justin Bailey has just graduated high school. He doesn't fit in in school, but he loves cars and dreams of becoming a master mechanic. Nick Campbell allows Justin to become an intern in his shop. Justin views him as a father figure, but Justin soon becomes entangled in the complicated emotional life of his boss and the boss's wife. Justin has to grow up very quickly in ways he could never imagine. Check Our Catalog

Wonder Garden

Wonder Garden
This is a compilation of separate stories which are linked together by each individual's connection to the town of Old Cranbury, Connecticut. Behind the restored Victorian homes and pristinely manicured lawns are people and families in turmoil. The stories are vivid and artfully plotted. Check Our Catalog



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