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Book Lovers Circle June 2013

Carrie and Me: A Mother - Daughter Story

Carrie and Me: A Mother - Daughter Story
This third book by Carol Burnett is devoted to her relationship with her daughter, Carrie, who dies of cancer in 2002 at the age of 38. Carrie was a remarkable woman who overcame a very public struggle with drugs to become an actress, writer, musician and director. Burnett’s book is a mixture of diary entries, e mails and remembrances. She includes an unfinished story by her daughter, who asked her mother to finish it for her. Instead, Burnett has brought closure by writing about Carrie’s life and her own love for her daughter. Check Our Catalog

Constellation for Vital Phenomena

Constellation for Vital Phenomena
This debut novel begins in 2004 in a village in Chechnya, which is in the midst of a war between Chechen’s and Russians, a war which seemingly has gone on forever. The action goes back and forth between 1996 and 2004, and the lives of the main characters are woven together. Eight year old Havaa is saved by her neighbor, Akhmed, who takes her to the local hospital run nearly singlehandedly by Sonya. The lives of these three and their relatives and neighbors take on a life of their own, always surrounded by the genocide in Chechnya. This beautifully written novel tackles a difficult time and place, but reading it is well worth the effort. Check Our Catalog

Every Contact Leaves a Trace

Every Contact Leaves a Trace
This debut novel is a literary thriller combined with a story about grief and memory. Alex Peterson, a London attorney, begins to investigate the murder of his wife, Rachel, on the grounds of Oxford University, which they both attended. Alex soon begins to find out secrets that he never knew about his wife, and the story combines both a murder mystery with the background of academia, with the complexities of Alex’s own life. Check Our Catalog

Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life

Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, A Small Town and the Secret of a Good Life
Rod Dreher is a successful Philadelphia journalist, a long way from his southern roots in a small Louisiana town, when he finds out that his younger sister, Ruthie, who still lives in the small town, happily married, a teacher with young children, has a virulent form of cancer. Dreher’s time back in his small town, watching the town help to care for Ruthie and her family, helps Dreher make peace with those he seemed to have left behind, and discover just what he really wants out of life. Check Our Catalog

Missing File

Missing File
This debut novel is by an Israeli crime fighter and is the first in a planned series with the main character of Detective Avraham, who works in a quiet suburb of Tel Aviv, where nothing big ever really happens-until a mother comes in to report a missing teen-aged son. Avraham brushes her off, expecting the child to reappear the next day. When he does not, Avraham is consumed with guilt and puts all his efforts into discovering what has happened. There are lots of twists and turns, the kind that make mystery reading so much fun. The book also has the flavor of Israel, a place where not too many detectives in reading materials have called home. Check Our Catalog

Ordinary Grace: A Novel

Ordinary Grace: A Novel
Frank Dunn, a middle-aged man, looks back on the summer of 1961, when was 13, living in a small Minnesota town, when five deaths that summer rock both his community and his own family. His personal tragedy occurs after his sister, Ariel, the golden girl who was headed to Juilliard, fails to return home on night. The book is a mystery novel, as well the story of how the family members in one individual family and an entire town react to a summer of sadness. The theme of this novel is how people can find the will to go on with grace after tragedy. Check Our Catalog

The Stud Book

The Stud Book
Portland, Oregon is the back drop for this story, writing by a native of Portland. All the characters in this book are struggling with bringing babies in the world, by human and non. Sarah, an expert in mating patterns for animals at the zoo where she works, is struggling with her own fertility issues, while her friends are dealing with parenthood and partnership issues. This is a way for the author to showcase her views on contemporary life as well as the quirkiness of Portland itself. Check Our Catalog

Where You Can Find Me

Where You Can Find Me
Caleb disappeared a week after he turned 11 years old, and is found 3 years later, seemingly happy with a ham whom he calls his father. But life is so much more complicated-Caleb’s mother needs to find out what is best for both Caleb and herself, and Caleb needs to be able to forgive himself for what was done to him during his time away. The novel handles the conflicts that arise in reaction to sexual crimes, where the victims often feels responsible for the often unspeakable and even unthinkable experiences they have endured. Check Our Catalog

Until I Say Goodbye

Until I Say Goodbye
Susan is 44, an accomplished journalist, wife and mother of 3 when she finally gets the diagnosis that she has already expected-she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with no cure and maybe one year of good health left. Susan makes a decision to live out her year with joy. She travels to see the northern lights in the Yukon, takes her husband and children and trips of a life-time, but even more, she travels within herself to live every day as meaningfully as possible. She is clever, and funny and real. Her book is not about how to die-instead; it is a book about how to live. Check Our Catalog

You Are One of Them

You Are One of Them
A debut novel that takes the real-life story of the young peace Samaritan, Samantha Smith, and makes it a mystery as well as a story about acceptance. Sarah Zuckerman is 10 years old when she meets her neighbor, Jennifer Jones, and 13, when she dies with her parents in a mysterious plane crash. Sarah adds this to the many people who have vanished for “defected” from her life-an older sister who died at four years of age, a father who divorced her mother and went back to England, her friend who died..or did she? Sarah visits Russia ten years after her friend has died, when she gets a mysterious message that maybe Jennifer is still alive. The novel is less a mystery about what has happened to Jenny, and more the story of how Sarah has to come to terms with her past and the many “defections” that have so changed her life. Check Our Catalog



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