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Book Lovers Circle June

Beartown

Beartown
Beartown is a remote Swedish town that has nothing going for it but ice jockey. It's junior ice hockey team is getting good enough to go do the national semi-finals, and all the dreams for the town hang on Beartown winning. But then there is an incident that threatens to tear the family apart. The story then becomes less about hockey and more about moral integrity. Check Our Catalog

The Book of Polly

The Book of Polly
This is a coming of age book about a ten year old girl, Willow, who is being raised by the oldest mother of a ten year old in the small Texas town. Polly was 57 and newly widowed when she gave birth to Willow, who wants to learn more about her mother, who is close mouthed about her past, We follow Willow's story from age 10 until 16, as some of her mother's secrets come to light, and Willow learns more about herself and her mother. Check Our Catalog

Brand New Catastrophe

Brand New Catastrophe
This is an upbeat memoir by Mike Scalise, who has learned how to deal with his many medical and personal issues-use humor. And he has had a lot to deal with-at age 24, he found out that his headaches were caused by a bleeding pituitary gland tumor, and that the treatment rendered him virtually "hormoneless," which left him without a lot of "feelings." He also found out that he suffers from acromegaly. Mike has to deal with his illnesses-and with the help of his friends, and his mother, who often seems to be competing with him to win the battle of medical problems, he learns to live life on his own terms. Check Our Catalog

Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon
This is a debut novel. Ginny Moon is a 14 year old who has been removed from her mother and bounced around in foster care. Finally, she is placed with understanding and loving parents. But Ginny needs to resolve her family issues, and through her actions, which mystify others, she gets the adults around her to understand her needs and that they really need to listen to her. The book is told in the voice of Ginny, and the author's experience with his own autistic child helps him to capture the reality of the "special" child. Check Our Catalog

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
This is non-fiction. Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, is no outdoorsman, but he is captivated by the story of "Z," the ancient civilization that real life explorer Percy Fawcett was looking for in the Amazon in 1925 when he disappeared. The book alternates between chapters from Fawcett's writings and points of view, and those of Gann's. A real life adventure story. Check Our Catalog

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
Sally Bedell Smith, biography of Queen Elizabeth, now turns her signts onto her son, Charles, who is now the oldest heir to the throne in more than 300 years. This book was researched for more than 4 years and has pages of footnotes and bibliography. Maybe it's time to look at Charles through fresh eyes. Smith writes a non-judgmental biography and paints a much more interesting picture that usually seen of Charles. With all the tv shows and books about Diana, especially as this is the 20th anniversary of her death, it truly is time for a refresher course on Charles. Check Our Catalog

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Lisa See introduces us to another of China's ethnic minorities, the Akha people. Li-yan, who has one foot in the modern world and one foot in tradition, finds that when she gives birth to an out-of-wedlock child, her choices are very limited. Li-yan abandons her daughter an at orphanage, but leaves a tea cake make from the special tea only her family grows, as a way of leaving some identification of her child. The child is adopted and lives in California. But both Li-Yan and her daughter yearn for each other. This book is an homage to unconditional love. Check Our Catalog

Two Lost Boys

Two Lost Boys
This is a debut noel. Janet Moodie is a death row appeals attorney, who has semi-retired by is coaxed to take on one more case. Her newest client is a man who was convicted 15 years before of rape and murder, and as Janet is a methodical investigator, she starts to find holes in the case. This is a fresh new writer of legal thrillers, and the heroine is a mature, intelligent woman. Check Our Catalog

What My Body Remembers

What My Body Remembers
Agnes is a 27 year old single mother who has been suffering from panic attacks every since her father murdered her mother when she was seven years old. Her 11 year old is moved to foster care, and Ella, panicking that she will lose custody, kidnaps him from the foster home and flees to an iosolated coastal town in Denmark where her mother still lives. As Ella starts to remember more and more of her old life, she soon realizes that her life and the life of her son might be endangered. Check Our Catalog

Into the Water

Into the Water
Two people have drowned in a few months in the river that runs the English town of Beckord. Trouble ensues. Hawkins tell the story through the eyes of the main character. Lost of twists and turns, which lead up to a satisfying ending. Check Our Catalog



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