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The Atomic Weight of Love

The Atomic Weight of Love
A debut novel, the book follows the life of its main character, Meridian, from her life as a college student until her 80's, concentrating on the time between World War II and Vietnam, with its changes in society. Meridian is planning to get a PhD when she falls in love with her physics professor, marries him, follows him to Los Alamos, where he works on the atomic bomb, and then finds that her life and marriage have become ordinary. A chance meeting with a Vietnam veteran, 20 years her junior, starts a lifetime of changes for Meridian. Check Our Catalog

Autumn

Autumn
This is the first installment in a planned quartet of novels, each of which will stand alone, although each will be connected by characters and seasons. In this novel, 32 year old woman in England of today searches for comfort with her long friendship with Daniel, an elderly friend whom she visits in the nursing home. Daniel escaped from World War II Germany, and now sees the parallels between today's racism and violence in his past in Germany. Check Our Catalog

The Barrowfields

The Barrowfields
A debut novel, it tells the story of Henry Aster, who grew up in the tiny town of Old Buckram in North Carolina. Henry has escaped from the small town, but years later, he returns to try to get his life back together. Will he find peace in Old Buckram? Can you go home again? Read it and see. Check Our Catalog

Distress Signals

Distress Signals
This suspense/mystery novel is a debut novel. Adam Dunn's girlfriend sets off on a business trip and never returns. He then receives a strange note from her that contains her passport. Adam soon connects with another man whose wife disappeared just a year before, under the same mysterious circumstances. The two men book passage on the cruise ship where the women have disappeared, the better to see what information they can find-and they find they are involved in a dangerous game. Check Our Catalog

Edgar and Lucy

Edgar and Lucy
Edgar is 8 years old, and is being raised by his doting grandmother, while his mother, Lucy, struggles with just taking care of herself. There are lots of family tensions which are only made worse after his grandmother dies. Just as Lucy seems to be maturing into a capable mother, a mysterious man kidnaps Edgar and takes him to be raised in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. This suspenseful story has quirky characters and you will be hoping for a happy ending. Check Our Catalog

Find Me

Find Me
Jar Costello is still grieving the death of his girlfriend, who supposedly committed suicide, although her body was never found. He believes he is seeing her, although his psychologist says that those sightings are post-bereavement hallucinations. But when Rosa's aunt give Jar a copy of Rosa's diary, which the aunt has only recently found, this psychological thriller kicks into high gear. Jar finds out enough information to convince him that Rosa might very well be alive, and probably is in grave danger. This book has some great twists and turns; It has crisp, witty writing and ambiguous characters, with a fast moving plot which will keep you guessing right up until the end. A good read. Check Our Catalog

The Idiot

The Idiot
t is 1995 and Selin is a freshman at Harvard. She is the daughter of immigrant Turkish parents and comes from New Jersey. This is a story of her coming of age, and her story is told through her eyes and point of view. She is forced to challenge herself, step out of her comfort zone, make friends with people very different from herself and of course, has a first love with someone who already has a girlfriend. She spends the summer travelling by herself, and her self -discoveries that first year really help her become the person she is destined to be. Check Our Catalog

Mississippi Blood

Mississippi Blood
This is the conclusion to the Natchez Burning trilogy. You do not have to read the others in the trilogy in order to read this one, the author brings you up to speed. Attorney Penn Cage's life is in ruins and now his father, Tom, a formerly respected and revered physician, is on trial for murdering his African-American nurse, who was also the mother of his child, who is half-brother to Penn. Tom has also become involved with a savage splinter group of the KKK. He does not want his son to help in his defense. This book has plenty of action, lots of twists and turns, violence and a great courtroom scene. Check Our Catalog

Traveling With Ghosts: A Memoir

Traveling With Ghosts: A Memoir
Shannon, a marine biologist, is 28 and travelling around the world with her fiancé, Sean, when, on a wonderful swim on a beautiful beach in Thailand, her entire future falls apart. Sean is stung by a boxfish jellyfish, one of the most venomous creatures on earth, and dies on the beach within minutes. Shannon's nightmare continues when authorities want to decree his death is a drunk drowning to cover up the dangers on their beaches. Shannon uses travel as a way to heal her grief. By visiting places where there were momentous tragedies, such as Auschwitz, she is able to put her personal tragedy into perspective, and she also sets as her mission to track down other deaths by jellyfish so that proper learning and teaching can prevent another death like Sean's to occur. Shannon's story teaches us some life lessons in a memorable way. Check Our Catalog

The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle
The women in the castle are war widows and the castle is in Bavaria. The novel, based on the experiences of the author's relatives, reveals the struggles of the Germans to survive and restructure their lives after World War II. The twist here is that the three women are all widows of men who lost their lives fighting against Hitler, as they were all part of a failed plot to assassinate him. Despite their shared tragedy, the women do not always get along. And the author provides several plot twists to keep the action interesting. Check Our Catalog



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