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Reading Lists

Book Lovers Circle June

Academy Street

Academy Street
This is Costello's first novel. It is a short, beautifully written book about a very ordinary woman. It takes us from her girlhood in Ireland, to her emigration to America where she lives in New York City and raises a son as a single parent, to her return to Ireland after 40 years. The book lets us into her internal life, and her thoughts and feelings. Costello shows us that there is great beauty, depth, sadness and happiness in the mundane. Check Our Catalog

Adult Onset

Adult Onset
A week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon, a young adult book writer, who is raising two very young children alone while her partner, Hill, is working away from home. Mary Rose is a dutiful mother, but she is starting to have some type of life crisis. Some of the answers to her sadness may lie in her past-her own mother suffered many miscarriages and never got over her losses; it may lie in the present, as Mary Rose is stressed over the writer's block she has. She cannot complete the third novel in a planned trilogy, which just happens to be about a young girl whose life was very much like the early life of Mary Rose. This is a multi-layered novel and you will empathize with Mary Rose as she tries to understand herself and her family in order to move on. Check Our Catalog

Country of Ice Cream Star

Country of Ice Cream Star
A novel of dystopian fiction with a teen-age protagonist. Ice Cream Star is 15 years old and living in a future world where no one lives beyond the age of 20. Ice Cream's brother is now 18, and when her tribe catches a member of a different tribe who has reached the age of 30, Ice Cream decides to travel the ruins of the "Nighted States" to find a cure for her brother. Throughout the entire novel, the characters speak in a made up lingo, which makes for an additional, although interesting, challenge to read this book. It blends history, popular writing, poetical allegory and romance. Reading it is well worth the challenge. Check Our Catalog

Early Warning

Early Warning
This is the second installment of the trilogy that Jane Smiley started in Some Luck, which introduced us to the Langdon family. This volume begins in 1953, which the sudden death of the family patriarch, whose widow and five children now have to readjust to a drastically changed family. Again, each chapter covers a year in their lives, going from 1953 to 1986. There is an increasing cast of characters. Although this is the second part of a trilogy, the novel does not really stand alone, so it would help to read Some Luck first. This volume has strong storytelling and there are lots of ends left loose in preparation for volume 3. Check Our Catalog

Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs

Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs
ally Mann, a renowned photographer, was asked to present a series of lectures at Harvard University, and she decided to talk about her family. This grew into a 400 plus page book, complete with photographs and illustrations. Mann discovers that her family history is filled with death, deceit, murder, suicide... lots and lots of drama. She herself has lived on a farm in Virginia with her husband, raising 3 children, and enjoying the solitude of life with her cameras. She did become "infamous" in the early 1990's when she published photographs of her children on the farm. The nudity in the photos caused a furor which surprised her and changed her life. But that is only part of her story. She uses narrative and images to write this combination memoir and family history. She started out as a writer, so her prose is as good as her photography. Check Our Catalog

I Refuse

I Refuse
Petterson is a best selling author in Norway and his career took off with the publication of his first book, Out Stealing Horses, written in 2003. Two men meet coincidentally after 35 years-they had once been boyhood friend, but Jim has been unable to work and has been plagued by psychological problems ever since a traumatic incident occurred when he and his friend, Tommy, were skating on a frozen pond. The book switches narrators and time periods, taking place mostly in the 60's, 70's and in the present. If focuses on childhood friendships and the struggle that adults have based on their perceptions of their childhoods. Check Our Catalog

Pleasantville

Pleasantville
This is a sequel to Black Water Rising, written in 2009. It is now 1996, 15 years after the events in Black Water Rising. Jay Porter, the environmental lawyer, takes on one last case. A young girl goes missing the night before a heated election for mayor. One of the candidate's nephews is arrested for her murder. Jay reluctantly becomes the defense lawyer. The case takes him deeper and deeper into the dark side of politics and power. It is a multi-layered thriller, with a complex plot, lots of surprises and a satisfying ending. Check Our Catalog

The Possibilities

The Possibilities
Sarah St. John, the narrator of this books, lives in Breckenridge, Colorado. She is still struggling with her grief over the death 3 months prior of her 22 year old son in an avalanche. Sarah soon discovers things about her child's life that she never knew, which makes her start to question just how well she really had known him. Sarah has to come to terms with her grief in order to move on. Check Our Catalog

Searching for Grace Kelly

Searching for Grace Kelly
A debut novel, Michael Callahan is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. This is a book for those who loved the 50's in New York City. Three young women come to the city to live in the Barbizon hotel and try to have their big city dreams come true. Callahan captures the excitement and glamor of that era, and was inspired to write it after doing a magazine piece about the Barbizon Hotel. Check Our Catalog

Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime

Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime
Scott Simon has more than 4 million listeners to his NPR show. He started sending out tweets while he was at the bedside of his 84 year old mother, whose breathing difficulties signaled the fact that after suffering from lung cancer, her life was coming to an end. The outpouring of love, support and interest in his mother from the tweets led to the publication of this book. The two of them laugh, tell jokes and reminisce about their life together. Scott's mother did not have the easiest of lives-but she was strong while she struggled, and always kept her sense of humor. So Scott tells the story of a woman who was ahead of her time and what she taught him during her life and in her last days, as she showed him how to die. This is a loving book and you will be glad that you met Patricia Lyons Simon Newman Gelbin and her son. Check Our Catalog



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