Book Lovers Circle May
A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers
It is Victorian London, a time when great wealth coexists with great poverty. Two young Irish orphans, Flora and Rosie, survive by selling violets and watercress. They live for each other-and then one day they are separated. The scene switches to 1812, when Tilly Harper comes to London to work at a home set up for London's orphaned and crippled flower girls. Tilly finds a notebook that belonged to Flora, and Tilly sets out on a journey to find the lost girls.
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All I Love and Know
Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have a very compatible partnership, and are living contentedly in Massachusetts when their life changes in the blink of an eye. Daniel's brother and sister-in-law are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, and Daniel finds out that they wanted him to raise their children along with Matthew. These two men have to face more than the normal type of changes in their lives. The author shows just how difficult it is for two gay men to live together, and it only gets more difficult when two gay men now have to face raising two Jewish children, when one of them is Jewish and one is not. It is not going to be easy.... Check Our Catalog
An Italian Wife
As the twentieth century begins, 14 year old Josephine is informed that she is to be married to a much older man who was betrothed to her when she was 8. Vincent emigrates to America immediately after their wedding in their native Italy, and it is 9 years before he is able to send for Josephine. Josephine gives birth to 6 children in quick succession, and performs all her wifely duties, but has never really loved her husband. She becomes pregnant after a passionate affair, and arranges to have the child adopted. But the pain from this never stops. The novel concentrates on one child from each generation, as it follows Josephine and her family over the course of 3 generations. A well-written saga. Check Our Catalog
Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
his is Mary Norris's first book, but she is no stranger to writing. She has worked for over 30 years as a copy writer for "The New Yorker." This book is part memoir and part writing manual. It is full of language history, easy to read, understand and enjoy. It is grammar that will make you smile-not an easy task. If you like words, writing, and reading, you will enjoy this book. And you will definitely be thinking about what you have learned the next time you either read or write. Check Our Catalog
Blood On Snow
This is a new stand-alone novel by Nesbo, the best selling Scandinavian mystery writer. This time, Nesbo's main character is Olav, a "fixer," which actualy means that he is a contract killer. And he is very, very good at his job. But Olav has a soft heart, which gets him into trouble. He is hired by his boss to kill the boss's wife-a no win situation, as Olav fears that after he "fixes" things, he, too, will be eliminated since he knows too much. But to complicate things even more, Olav falls in love with the boss's wife. As one critic wrote, "We know there will be blood on the snow, but we're not quite sure whose or how much." You will have to read it to find out!
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The Children's Crusade
This is a family saga that spans 30 years. Young doctor Bill Blair buys property in California where he want to raise his family. He marries Penny, who wants a lot of children, and within ten years they have four children-but Penny yearns for a chance to be more than a mother, and, in fact, motherhood has worn her out. Her desire to do more distances her from her children. Years later, with the children grown, they have to face what happened during their childhood. Three of them have been able to weather the storms of growing up, but James has had many problems in his life. When he returns to get his share of an inheritance, all four children have to face just what happened to them in their past, and they have to see if they can be brought together or torn apart. Check Our Catalog
This is a work of fiction, but it is based on events in the life of renowned anthropologist, Margaret Mead.
Nell Stone and her husband, Fen, arrive in New Guinea in the 1930's to work with anthropologist Andrew Bankson, who has been so depressed and lonely that he had considered suicide. The three anthropologists begin to study the Tam tribe, one in which women dominate. As they work together, passions emerge. Can work and emotions exist peacefully together? Probably not. Read it and see. Check Our Catalog
House of Echoes
This debut novel tells the story of a New York family who had "everything"-and then the father, an author, cannot finish his second book; Caroline, his wife, loses her job; and Charlie, their son, gets bullied at school. So that when Ben inherits an estate in a quiet up-state village, they jump at the chance to relocate and remodel the home as an inn. But strange things begin to happy in their idyllic town-maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all? Check Our Catalog
Inside the O'Briens
Genova has a PhD in neuroscience and she has put it to good use in her 3 novels. Her newest book showcases Huntington's Chorea. a neuromuscular disease that always leads to death. She focuses on an Irish family in Boston and what happens when the patriarch, Joe, develops symptoms of Huntington's chorea, and what happens to his family after the diagnosis. This is a hereditary disease, and Joe realizes that his mother died from it. Now he has four children, each of whom have a 50/50 chance of inheriting it. The children can have a blood test to find out if they will get the disease or not-should they? will they? This is a well-researched book, and the author has done her homework. But its subject is heart breaking, even though Genova attempts to make it as positive as possible. Check Our Catalog
Where They Found Her
Molly Anderson has recently moved to a New Jersey town with her husband and young daughter. She has found a job as a reporter in the town's local paper, and is called to cover a story when a body is discovered abandoned by a river. Molly has been recovering from a still birth, and lots of emotions start to surface when she discovers that the body found is that of an infant. In her search to cover the story, Molly unearths secrets that the town would prefer to keep hidden. The story is told from the point of view of 3 people-Molly, the bereaved reporter; Sandy, a bright high school drop out whose troubled mother is missing; and Barbara, the intensely involved PTA President whose husband in the police chief handling the murder case. McCreight moves the story along with the inclusion of journals, newspaper articles and transcripts. Check Our Catalog