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Book Lovers Circle March 2014

Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption

Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption
Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician who has gained much recognition as a specialist in working with adopted children. She started her own adoption journey in 2000 and now has two young adopted children. This is a collection of stories from adoptive parents; true stories of people who came from all walks of life-from the rich and famous as well as the rest of us. These are beautiful love stories abut what it means to parent a child and how wonderful families can be-no matter how they are formed. Check Our Catalog

The Daughter of Time

The Daughter of Time
This book, although written in 1951, is an interesting combination of detective work and historical fiction. It is a great companion piece for Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and her world by Alison Weir. Tey's book is about an English detective recovering from job related injuries who becomes so bored that he starts to look at the life and times of Richard III through the eyes of a detective, and using his own research and that of a friend in the British Museum, he comes to the conclusion that history gave Richard III a bad rap. This is a great book to read before or after Elizabeth of York, as Elizabeth was Richard's cousin, and her brothers were the little princes. Was Richard really responsible for their disappearance and possible death? Read these two books and decide for yourself. Check Our Catalog

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
Elizabeth is best known as the mother of Henry VIII but she was born the daughter of King Edward IV. As a princess, she lived a charmed life until her brother, Richard III, usurped the throne and possibly arranged the death of the two little princes, her brothers, who stood in his way.. Henry Tudor later defeated Richard III and Elizabeth married Henry, effectively uniting the houses of the Tudors and the Yorks. This is a well researched and readable book. Weir did have to take some creative license, as there is not a huge amount of source material about Elizabeth. But what better way to learn history than through a book filled with lust, murder and political ambition? Check Our Catalog

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Only after the wealthy Huguette Clark died at the age of 104 did the world learn about the strange but true life of this heiress who was so reclusive that although she spent huge amounts of money that she had inherited caring for homes in California and Connecticut, she never lived in them. For the last 20 years of her life, she paid Beth Israel Hospital in New York City to live there. The book spans 3 generations of her family and a huge expanse of American history-from the Titanic to 9/11. She was a living connection to the Gilded Age, and her life proves the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. Check Our Catalog

If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother

If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother
Julia Sweeney, a comedienne who was on Saturday Night Live in the 1990's, is alive and well in Chicago-writing books, doing stand-up, voice overs and writing scripts-all of which I hope are as funny as this particular book. It is a lovingly written and humorousy read about her childhood and her life now-as the mother of a 12 year old and the wife of a scientist. She still continues to make people laugh and smile. A "feel good" read-we can all use one. Check Our Catalog

Last Days of California

Last Days of California
Jess, a 15 year old girl "comes of age" during a ride from Montgomery, Alabama to California in a car with her two evangelical parents, and her older sister, Ellie, who is secretly pregnant, as the family travels across the country to await the Second Coming. Jess learns more about her parents and their relationship as they travel. She also tries to solve the great questions of the day-will the world really come to an end? Will she find a boyfriend? And what about Ellie's pregnancy? A lot gets sorted out in this memorable car trip. Check Our Catalog

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
If you are confused about the situation in the Middle East, then this book is for you. Shavit, a newspaper columnist for an Israeli paper, has personal ties back to when a homeland for the Jews was just a gleam in his great-grandfather's eye in 1897. Shavit is a balanced enough writer to make it clear that the new settlers did not take into account the Arab villages surrounding them. He shows that we need to look at the past to shed light on the present. Shavit is nothing if not thorough, and he has a practical view of the problems of the Middle East. Check Our Catalog

The Pieces We Keep

The Pieces We Keep
McMorris is a great story teller. This novel combines two stories-one about a young American woman in London prior to and right after the outbreak of World War II and her involvement with a mysterious man, and the other a story about a newly widowed woman with a young son who has such strange night terrors that she starts doing research into reincarnation. Do her son's nightmares have a connection to World War II and people he has never met? Read it and see. Check Our Catalog

Unremarried Widow: A Memoir

Unremarried Widow: A Memoir
This is the memoir of a young woman who surprised herself by falling in love with an Army man whom she met when she was trying to figure out what direction he life should go in. Her life takes on direction when she marries her husband and begins to travel with him from base to base. She writes poetically of her attraction to Miles,. which becomes a deep love. And one day, Artis comes home to find two officers waiting for her-Miles has died in Iraq. Artis works through her grief and forces herself to move on with her life. She takes up writing, an endeavor she had dropped during her marriage. This is a quietly up-lifting book written by a woman who turns out to be much stronger than she ever believed she could be. Check Our Catalog

Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale
This has recently been released as a movie, and reviewers all seemed to like the book better. This is the story of Peter, a 19th century burglar who falls in love with the dying daughter of a newspaper tycoon when he robs their home. Peter is imprisoned in a time warp and emerges into the year 2000. The book has received much praise for the writer's technique of using "magic realism." Check Our Catalog



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