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Book Lovers Circle July

Find the Good

Find the Good
Lende has written several books about her life in a small town in Alaska, where she writes obituaries for the local newspaper. Over the years, she has developed a technique for writing obituaries, and it is also her solution for dealing with the challenges in life. It is very simple-just find the good. She spends time with each family who has lost a loved one-sometimes a lot of time-so she can find the good for the obituary. Her tale is cautionary. She advises us to live our lives so that it will not be difficult for people to find the good. And she says, "the best news it that there's still time for addition and revisions before it goes to press." A feel good book with a message to all of us. Check Our Catalog

Girl at War

Girl at War
This is a debut novel by a young author who lived in Croatia during the early part of the war. The protagonist of this book is Ana, who has a lovely childhood until war breaks out in Croatia, and her childhood becomes filled with bombs, deprivation and the fear of having to become a child soldier. The novel then moves ahead 10 years, into 2001, and Ana has been adopted by an All-American family, and is in her third year at NYU. But Ana feels the need to confront the ghosts from her past, and she returns to Croatia to make peace with her past. Check Our Catalog

The Ice Twins

The Ice Twins
In this psychological thriller, Angus and Sarah, a married couple, have moved to a remote Scottish island to help them recover from the tragedy of the death of one of their twin daughters. But the move does not go well. Their surviving daughter becomes increasingly difficult, and then begins to claim that she is the other daughter, Lydia, the one whom they thought they had buried. Sarah is also tortured by secrets from her past. The dramatic ending puts the pieces of the puzzle together, and ends in a way you will never expect. Check Our Catalog

In the Unlikely Event

In the Unlikely Event
This is Judy Blume's first adult novel since 1998 and it is based on incidents that actually took place in to Blume's childhood hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. when she was a young teen-ager. In the course of just a few months in 1952 and 1953, three different plane crashed occurred in city. This is the era that Judy Blume grew up in and the place where she grew up. So it is not surprising then, that one of the main characters, Miri, is the same age Blume was during that time (15) and that she just happens to have a father who is a prominent dentist in town-just as Blume's own father was. The book brings Blume full circle in her life, back to her youth and her roots, in a tumultuous year that she lived through. It is a great story teller, told by a master storyteller. Check Our Catalog

Language Arts

Language Arts
Kallos wrote the novel, Broken For You, which took a while to tell its story, and this book does the same. Charles Marlowe is an English teacher, divorced, a father to an autistic son who is turning 21. Charles is dealing with where he life has taken him-with no real family, as he speaks of a daughter who is going to be starting college. The book is told from multiple points of view in a non-linear fashion, and the author deftly puts all the pieces of the puzzle of Charles life together by the end of the book. It is a moving, touching story with a few surprises in store for the reader. Check Our Catalog

On the Move: A Life

On the Move: A Life
Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist and writer has written this autobiography. His other books have told about his patients and their strange, yet interesting, neurological problem. He continues to tell his own story in the same fascinating way. He has had quite a life-and this memoir is made all the more poignant since he announced a short time ago, that he was suffering from terminal cancer. You will soon feel like you are just carrying on a conversation with him. Check Our Catalog

The Shore

The Shore
This debut novel tells the story of two families and how their lives have been interconnected for nearly 200 years. The "shore" in the title is a group of islands off Chesapeake Bay, that has hardly been inhabited for years. The story of the island and its people. told through a series of chapters that take us back and forth in time, will give a good picture of life in this desolate area. Check Our Catalog

The Thunder of Giants

The Thunder of Giants
Two parallel stories are told in this novel of historical fiction. One is the story of Andorra Kelsey, who, in 1937 has been asked to go to Hollywood to star in a movies about a real-life giantess, Anna Swan. Andorra is 7' 11" and one of the only people who can realistically paly the fole of the 7'5" giantess who worked for P.T. Barnum. Fishbane creates and recreates two different lives of two very independent women. Their stron characters are the highlights of this book, which creates not one, but two different eras in our country's history. Check Our Catalog

Various Haunts of Men

Various Haunts of Men
This is the first in an English mystery series, featuring Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serailler, to be published in the United States. There are now 9 books in this series. The small English town of Lafferton does not usually have much crime. But a new policewoman who comes from London soon finds that Lafferton has a serial murderer in its midst. And so the suspense begins. This is a tautly written mystery which will keep you guessing right until the end. If you like it, you will be in for a treat, as there are currently 8 more Simon Serailler mysteries for you to enjoy. Check Our Catalog



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