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Book Lovers Circle January

Astray

Astray
This is a collection of short stories by the author of the best-seller Room. All of these stories are based on an historical event, which the author describes in notes at the end of each story. Donaghue shows how a writer's imagination can start with the truth, and branch out in remarkable ways. Facts come to life in this beautifully written book. Check Our Catalog

Between a Mother and Her Child

Between a Mother and Her Child
Maggie and Bill Barrett's happy marriage, with three healthy children, falls apart after the death of their oldest child in the 2004 tsunami. As everyone in the family grieves differently, the couple separate, and Maggie needs help to come back into the world; her two youngest children need her. Maggie hires a housekeeper, Kate, who helps her reconnect while Kate deals with her own secrets. This is "sophisticated domestic fiction." Check Our Catalog

The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic
This is the story of 6 Japanese mail order brides who travel across the ocean to the American west at the turn of the century. It follows the women through four decades, until World War II. The book is written in a beautiful form called "poetic prose," and also is written in first person plural, so that the women are united in a group, but individual as well. The book touches on the women's trip across the ocean, their first night with their husbands, their adjustment to the reality of their lives, births of their children, and then the effect of World War II on everything they have worked for. Check Our Catalog

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians
Rachel Chu, an American professor, falls in love with Nick, who invites her to visit Singapore to meet his family. She soon finds out that he is a member of one of Asia's wealthiest families, and most of the women she meets, including Nick's mother, do not want her to marry one of Singapore's wealthiest bachelors. Rachel needs all the friends she can get as she navigates this new world of crazy, rich Asians. Check Our Catalog

Dust

Dust
This is Patricia Cornwell's 21st novel featuring Kay Scarpetta. Scarpetta has to deal with a murder that is similar to the serial murders that her husband, an FBI agent, is working on in DC. This becomes no ordinary murder case as it turns out to concern designer drugs, drone technology, organized crime and corruption at high levels. Check Our Catalog

The Midwife of Venice

The Midwife of Venice
In the middle of the night in the Jewish ghetto of 16th century Venice, midwife Hannah Levi is awakened by two men from the Christian community who have come to beg her to deliver the child of one of the noblemen. Although she is forbidden by law to minister to a Christian, Hannah could use the money she is promised to ransom her husband, Isaac, a trader who has been kidnapped. Two stories emerge in this novel-that of Hannah, who has to save herself in order to save Isaac, and Isaac, who uses his wits to try to escape captivity. Check Our Catalog

The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump
Naoki was 13 when this book came about. He is a Japanese child, diagnosed with autism, who painstakingly put his thoughts into words using an alphabet grid, as he is unable to speak. The book was translated as a labor of love by a woman with an autistic child, who wanted to help give the world a window into the minds of children with autism. This remarkable book can open the reader to insights about what it is like to have this disorder; and this book can communicate with us in ways that most autistic children cannot. Check Our Catalog

Someone Else's Love Story

Someone Else's Love Story
Shandi, a 21 year old single mother of a 3 year old son, falls in love with the man who steps between her son and a hold-up man at a convenience store, thereby saving her child from harm. She falls hard for William Ashe, who turns out to be a man with his own issues-although a brilliant geneticist, he has Asperger's Syndrome, and has had a tragic past. The rest of the characters in this Southern novel flesh out the story. Check Our Catalog

Supreme Macaroni Company

Supreme Macaroni Company
This is the third book in the series about the life of Italian-American Valentine. Valentine, who makes hand-made shoes, has fallen in love with an Italian native, a man older than she is, divorced, with a grown child. She and he both have to deal with the concerns of her very traditional Italian-American family, in which everyone has their own opinion about how she should live her life. The novel is full of family events-marriages, births, job losses, illness and death-and the author has left it open so she could possibly write a fourth one in this series. Check Our Catalog

Tulip Eaters

Tulip Eaters
Nora de Jong returns home from food shopping, eager to kiss her 6 month old daughter who is being cared for by Nora's mom. But she is greeted not by her happy family, but with a grim sight-her mother, dead from a gun shot wound, a strange man lying near her dead as well-and no sign of the baby. When the authorities have no luck, Nora begins her own search for answers. She ends up returning to Amsterdam, where her mother lived during World War II, and Nora begins to find out the ugly secrets which led to her mother's death. The "tulip eaters" in the title refers to the fact that the citizens of Holland were forced to eat the bulbs of their most famous flower. Check Our Catalog



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