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Book Lovers Circle July

Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story
Lily Koppel has researched the story of the original astronauts wives, starting with the wives of the Mercury 7 astronauts. This is also the story of the evolution of women from the 50's until now. NASA wanted the wives to project an image of perfection both as wives and mothers; and the women soon banded together to support each other. Unfortunately, both the husbands and wives were not perfect, and this book chronicles many of the problems the women faced-from stress from raising children alone, to fear of being widowed, to fear of being the first to get divorced. Many of the women have stayed friends for the past 50 years, and as society changed, so did they. A fascinating read. Check Our Catalog

Burgess Boys

Burgess Boys
This is the latest from the author who won the Pulitzer Prize for her last novel. In this book, the two Burgess brothers have fled their home town in Maine for New York City. Both are attorneys, and have tried hard to move beyond the tragic death of their father, whose death was accidentally caused by one of them. Now, they have to return to help their sister deal with the hate crime charged against her son. The family now has to deal with not only their past, but the present as well. Check Our Catalog

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home
Sue Halper and her labradoodle, Pransky, are at loose ends when Sue decides that Pransky might make a good therapy dog-she is wrong-he makes a GREAT therapy dog. Sue finds out that acts of kindness transform the giver, and that life can be rich, even in the end. Check Our Catalog

The Engagements

The Engagements
This is the story of the live, loves and marriages of four couples spanning nearly 100 years, as well as the story of how DeBeers and an advertising company convinces couples in love that "diamonds are forever." The four couples are linked together by one engagement ring, and although their lives are very separate, the novel brings them together in surprising ways to get a sense of closure. The real woman who created the famous tagline that has sold so many diamonds is addressed in this novel as well. Check Our Catalog

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
Noa Singleton is 35 years old and has been on death row for 10 years, when, six months before her execution, the mother of the woman she killed visits her. Marlene Dixon, the victim's mother, brings another attorney with her, and tells Noa that she no longer wants her executed; she just wants to know why she killed her daughter. Marlene wants Noa and the attorney to work to get clemency for Noa. And thus starts a twisted tale. Check Our Catalog

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni
This debut novel deals with two mythological characters who meet on the street-one is a Jew (the Golem) and one is an Arab (the Jinni.) One is female and one is male. The two characters find themselves in the New York world of immigrants in 1899. They become unlikely friends, as they try to make their way as strangers in a strange new land. Check Our Catalog

Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
In 1985, Greta Wells decides that the only way for her to alleviate the depression caused by the loss of her brother to AIDS, and the end of a long term relationship is to have electro-shock therapy. To her surprise, she finds that after each session, she goes into an alternate life. During the duration of her treatments, she lives her life in 1985 and one in 1918 and 1941. Greta has to choose which life she wants to stay in. Check Our Catalog

Sister of My Heart

Sister of My Heart
Two female cousins are born the same day in India, the same day that their fathers both die. The two girls are inseparable until the customs of India tear them apart. Each one has to deal with the trials and tribulations of arranged marriages, infertility and infidelity. Check Our Catalog

The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls
A time traveling serial killer meets his match when one of his victims survives and teams up with a reporter to start piecing together the clues to find the man who has attacked her and continues to murder young women who are filled with potential and a love of life, women he calls the "shining girls." Check Our Catalog

Sparta

Sparta
An idealistic scholar who joined the Marines because of his admiration of the warriors of ancient Sparta comes home after four years in Iraq, no longer idealistic and now suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome. He has to re-start his life, and also deal with the bureaucracy of the VA. Based on the author's interviews of many Iraqi veterans. Check Our Catalog



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