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Alice and Oliver

Alice and Oliver
Alice, a vibrant young mother living in New York City in the early 90's, is diagnosed with leukemia. Suddenly, her only job is to survive, and her husband's job is to take care of EVERYTHING else. Alice faces daunting medical treatment and a difficult bone marrow transplant. This is a portrait of an entire family struggling to survive, and it is written without the clichés. It is searingly honest, and it is based on the author's own experience when his wife was diagnosed when their daughter was an infant. The story rings true. Check Our Catalog

Alligator Candy: A Memoir

Alligator Candy: A Memoir
This is a personal account of Kushner and his family when he was four years old and his older brother goes out on his bicycle to get candy for David-and never comes back. At first, only the bicycle is found, but eventually Jon's body was discovered. The family rarely speaks about the death. Only as an adult, when he has his own child and his father has died, does David start to investigate what happened to his brother-and to his brother's killers. The book is the author's struggle to deal with his brother's murder-and it is also a commentary on how society has changed. David's brother was murdered in 1973-around the same time that America became more aware of what can befall young children-the disappearance of Etan Patz, the murder of Adam Walsh, and the Atlanta child murders-all have led to parents being more conscious-for better or worse-of their children's safety in the world. Check Our Catalog

As Close to Us as Breathing

As Close to Us as Breathing
It is the summer of 1948, and for years, three sisters and their families have spent their summers in a cottage on a beach in Connecticut. It is so full of Jewish families spending the summers there that everyone refers to it as "Bagel Beach." The story is told through the eyes of Molly, 12 years old at the time. Right from the start of the novel, you know that this is the summer that a great tragedy occurred in the family-a tragedy that changed everyone's lives. There are lots of family secrets and stresses before the incident, and then Molly lets us know what happened to her family after. It is a multi-generational saga bound by love and sadness-it is a good read. Check Our Catalog

Georgia

Georgia
Tripp has fictionalized the life of painter Georgia O'Keefe, whose life cannot easily be separated from the life of her lover, then husband, Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz, 23 years older than O'Keefe, advised her to paint the lush, erotic flowers which sold well. He also influenced her life by publishing nude photographs that he took of her. But was he helping or hindering her? O'Keefe eventually moves to New Mexico, where she paints the landscapes that she becomes famous for as well. This is a love story, but also a story of how O'Keefe had to be sure that her love did not swallow her up. Check Our Catalog

The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat
Beth is the single mother of Carmel, who often seems to be part of a different world, which only adds to her mother's anxiety-and then Carmel disappears at an outdoor festival and is not found. Beth begins a long nightmare of counting the days and minutes since her daughter's disappearance-the worst day of her life. Carmel finds herself in a different and no less scary position-and she is only 8 years old. The chapters go back and forth between the daughter and the mother, as they each yearn for the other. The yearning to be reunited is probably the most powerful piece of this book; it is full of drama and uncertainty. Check Our Catalog

Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Sara de Vos is a fictional character, although the author based this story on the real life woman who was the first person admitted to the Dutch Guild of Painters. In this novel, 300 years after Sara is admitted, only one of her works has survived. A young art grad student, Ellie Shipley, reluctantly paints a forgery of the landscape entitled "At the Edge of a Wood," to help pay her bills. This action comes back to haunt her when, fifty years later, as the curator of an art exhibit of Dutch painter, Ellie realizes that the true original and the forged copy are both going to be sent to be exhibited. Her future is on a collision course with her past. There is a good interplay between past and present; the story of the Dutch painter comes to life and the reader also is introduced to the seedy world of art crimes. Check Our Catalog

Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir

Master of Ceremonies: A Memoir
Joel Grey was practically born in a theater-his father was a musician and Grey first started in the theater when he was 9 years old. His success as a actor is legendary, but Grey reveals in this memoir that he was always acting-not only on stage, but in his personal life. He struggled for years with his attraction to men, something he felt he had to hide from his parents, his colleagues and the public. He finally is able to accept himself fully in his 60's. His struggle and his story of his life in and out of the theater is fascinating. Check Our Catalog

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
Dylan Klebold, the author's son, was on of the Columbine shooters in 1999. It took until 2016 for Sue Klebold to write this book, profits from it will be donated to research and to charitable foundations focusing on mental health issues. This is a difficult book to read. Klebold states that her family did not realize just how troubled her son was and she spent many years trying to understand what happened, to forgive herself. Her life is now spent educating others, working with suicide and violence prevention. Check Our Catalog

The Stopped Heart

The Stopped Heart
This is a novel of psychological suspense. Two families live in the same house, separated by 150 years. Mary and her husband move into an old farmer's cottage to escape their grief over a family tragedy; at the same time, the reader learns of the tragedy that befell the family that lived in that cottage prior to Mary. The novel twists between two stories that eventually connect. Check Our Catalog

Work Like Any Other

Work Like Any Other
This is a debut novel. Roscoe Martin has a good job with the electric company in rural Alabama in the 1920's. He is fascinated by electricity. But when his wife inherits the failing family farm, Roscoe is forced to give up his dream and become a farmer. He soon realizes that he can continue to experiment with electricity by tapping into the state's electrical system and getting free electricity for the farm. But when a state inspector is accidentally electrocuted, Roscoe's life changes-he goes to prison, loses his farm, wife and family, and spends time in prison trying to redeem himself. At the same time, the novel follows what happens to his wife and the black hired hand, as they face some of the horrors of the Jim Crow south which imprisons even free men. Check Our Catalog



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