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Book Lovers Circle July

The Blessings

The Blessings
This is a family saga about a close knit Irish Catholic family in Philadelphia. They join together for every life event. Then, one of the Blessings, John, dies, leaving a wife and young children. That event forms the center of the book, and the rest of the book concerns the fall-out from the loss of this member of the family. The author focuses on a different relative in each chapter. The novel spans 15 years, and is a little like reading a family album. Check Our Catalog

Delicious!

Delicious!
This is Ruth Reichl's long awaited fiction debut. Reichl has written several memoirs, but this if her first work of fiction. It is semi-autobiographical, as the main character has taken a job at Delicious!, an iconic food magazine, similar to Gourmet, where Reichl was editor-in-chief until the magazine closed. Billie, the main character, stays on after Delicious! closes, and discovers a room with letters written during World War II by a 12 year old girl to James Beard. These letters help Billie cope with her own life. Check Our Catalog

Bone Dust White

Bone Dust White
This is a debut novel. Grace Adams is barely 18. She lives with an aunt who is raising her after how own mother has disappeared. One night, Grace hears noises outside and when she goes to investigate, finds her long-lost mother dying after having been stabbed. Detective Macy Greeley, in her ninth month of pregnancy, takes over the case in Collier, Montana. Soon she realizes that it could easily be connected to a case she handled many years ago. The plot twists come fast and furiously, and you probably won't be able to figure out the out-come until the end. A good beginning for this new author-and perhaps Macy will return in a new book. Check Our Catalog

Doing it at the Dixie Dew

Doing it at the Dixie Dew
Part of the "cozy mystery" genre, this is a debut novel. The first day that the Dixie Dew , a new bed and breakfast owned by Beth McKenzie, open, a guest is murdered. Three days later, a priest is found strangled. With the small town police force not particularly good at solving murders, and with the feeling that she is most likely the prime suspense, Beth sets out to solve the murder herself. Check Our Catalog

My Real Children

My Real Children
his novel is written by an author known for her science fiction, and she manages in this novel to write both a novel that is interesting to readers who enjoy traditional fiction, as well as those readers who are intrigued by fantasy, science fiction, and alternate universes. An old lady in a nursing home in 2015 is described as "very confused" by the staff. She herself knows that she is confused, especially since she remembers two very different lives. Who is she? Trish or Pat? As you read about her struggles to define herself, and even to survive, you may wonder which life she really led-and does it really matter? This novel is almost two books in one-and both of them are good. Check Our Catalog

Remember Me Like This

Remember Me Like This
Justin Campbell disappeared four years before the beginning of this novel. For four years, the family struggled with this sadness and they survived, but barely. And then he is found-but he is not the same. He has been victimized by a violent pedophile, and the family does not have an easy time adjusting to his return. If is not so easy be re-form a family. The author gets high marks for his talent in creating well-rounded characters. Check Our Catalog

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir
This is a memoir of Frances Mayes as she comes of age in the Deep South. She has written about life in Italy. Now she writes about her life in the "one mile square" hometown of Fitzgerald, Georgia, in the backwoods of Georgia. She is a lovely writer and captures her time in the South as well as she did when she wrote about her life in Italy in Under the Tuscan Sun. Check Our Catalog

The Untold

The Untold
n Australian, this is Collins's first novel. It is set in the Australian outback in the 1920's and the author based her main character on the life of a young Australian woman who was a runaway convict. Jessica is 26 and has lived a tough life. She has been in an abusive marriage and has killed her husband. After giving birth to a child she cannot possible take care of, she kills the child. The narrator of the book is that baby that she lovers, but had to sacrifice. It sounds awful, but it works. Two men are now pursing her-her lover and a lawman. The author has a poetic writing style us already working on her next novel. Check Our Catalog

Visible City

Visible City
Mirvis introduces us to three couples living on the Upper West Side in New York City. Nina, the stay-at-home mother of two toddlers, spends her time watching an older couple, seemingly content with each other. One day, she sees a couple in their apartment who are young and passionate. Before long, Nina meets all of them, and she begins to envy the life of the twenty-somethings. But we also see the angst of the young couple. The book sheds live on the burdens of living which everyone 20-60's has to deal with. Check Our Catalog



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