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Book Lovers Circle March

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
John Jacob Astor, the penniless immigrant who made a fortune in the US, first as a fur trader and then in real estate, is encouraged by President Thomas Jefferson to establish a fort on the west coast, on the banks of the Columbia River in Oregon, to open up trading to China and Europe. Astor financed two groups who set off after the last Lewis & Clark expedition-one group to travel around the southernmost tip of South America and come up the California coast; the other group to cross overland. The idea was for the two groups to meet at the mouth of the Columbia River at the same time. Each group encountered terrible hardships. Both groups did arrive an Astoria was eventually founded. This is a great adventure story as well as the continuation of the history of how our country eventually spread from sea to shining sea. Check Our Catalog

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Larson, a master of the art of writing historical fiction, has picked the sinking of the Lusitania as the subject for his latest book. May 1, 2015 will be the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland. Germany had declared the waters around England a war zone, but the Captain of the Lusitania believed that a civilian ship would be safe, and that anyway, his ship could out-maneuver a torpedo. The tension builds in this book between the action on the German u boat and the innocence of the passengers on the Lusitania. Check Our Catalog

Happy are the Happy

Happy are the Happy
Reza is a French playwright, and this is a novella of vignettes-20 short, short stories that involve about a dozen characters. Each vignette is told in a poetic style, as the book's title even comes from a poet by Jorge Luis Borges, "Happy are those who are beloved, and those who love and those who can do without love." Check Our Catalog

If I Fall, If I Die

If I Fall, If I Die
This is a debut novel, about a young boy who is living with his mother in a small town in rural Canada. Will can't remember when he was last allowed "Outside," as his mother has created a rich life for him, but because of her own inability to leave the house, Will has been kept inside. But the young boy breaks free, and joins the outside world, even as his mother remains trapped at home. He goes to school, makes friends, and gets involved with a mystery which could end up threatening him and his friends. This book is partly a coming-of-age novel, as well as one with mystery and suspense. An auspicious debut. Check Our Catalog

Jam on the Vine

Jam on the Vine
The author, a professor, wrote this book, based on historical fact, to help her students understand how important the black press was in enabling African-Americans to survive after the Civil War. Her main character, Ivoe Williams, is modeled after the read life of Ida B. Wells. Ivoe goes to college, and when she cannot get a job as a journalist, she starts a female run African-American newspaper. Full of exciting and real events-a great way to get a different view of history. Check Our Catalog

Love and Treasure

Love and Treasure
In 2013, Jack Wiseman, dying of pancreatic cancer, gives his grand-daughter a locket and sets her off on a journey to find its rightful owner. It turns out that Jack had taken the locket in World War II, when he was assigned the job of guarding a train which the Americans had found in Austria at the end of World War II, which contained many expensive belongings of Hungarian Jews who had been sent to concentration camps. The search takes the reader back through many decades of history, as well as modern day Israel and Budapest. Check Our Catalog

See How Small

See How Small
The author based this novel on a real unsolved crime which took place in Texas in 1991. Three young women were murdered in an ice cream shop in a small town, where everyone knew everyone else. The writer shows the effects of the crime on the small town residents of this tightknit community, going back and forth in time. The story is both unbearably sad and well as beautifully written. You will be thinking about this one for awhile even after you have finished reading it. Check Our Catalog

A Small Indiscretion

A Small Indiscretion
A debut novel by a short story writer. Annie was only 20 when she left her small town and came to work in London. She ended up having two affairs before she ended up living with her husband and son in San Francisco-but she can never escape her past. Check Our Catalog

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
This is Ferris's third novel. The main character, a dentist, has a very mundane life. This all changes when some unknown person takes over his identity and establishes a website for his practice, a facebook page and a twitter account. Paul, our boring dentist, sets out to find out who did this to him and why. One secret which he wants to solve is who is preaching a religions believe that the real Paul knows nothing about. As Paul sets out to find who hijacked his life, he gets the change to really discover more about his own life. Check Our Catalog

The Transcriptionist

The Transcriptionist
Lena is the only transcriptionist left in a large newspaper. She views her job as vital, but her life is very gray and colorless-until she recognizes in one of the stories she is transcribing-that she had briefly encountered a blind woman on the bus shortly before the woman's death. Lena becomes obsessed with learning about this woman. She also learns some disturbing truth about the integrity of her paper. The author, who worked for 10 years as a transcriptionist at the New York Times, is now on the staff of the New York Times Book Review. Check Our Catalog



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