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Reading Lists

Book Lovers Circle November 2013

After Her

After Her
Maynard often writes about difficult relationships between parents and children and between siblings. This novel deals with both, along with a murder mystery. It is also a coming of age novel dealing with the difficulties that the main character, Rachel, has in dealing with her family and adolescence. Maynard based the murder plot on a real serial killer in the actual area in the story, where she once lived, but she puts her own inimitable “spin” on the novel. A gentle, bittersweet novel about growing up, love and loss. Check Our Catalog

The Boy Who Could See Demons

The Boy Who Could See Demons
Anya, a psychiatrist working at an adolescent treatment center, is given a patient, Alex, who believes he has an imaginary friend, Ruen, who is a demon who tells Alex to do violent and harmful things. Alex’s condition is very similar to one suffered by Anya’s daughter, Poppy, who committed suicide. Anya begins to believe that Ruen may really exist; and the author ends the book with a surprise twist. Check Our Catalog

The Cancer Chronicles

The Cancer Chronicles
Johnson, a science writer, tackles his story of cancer from both the personal and the scientific end. Johnson’s wife is diagnosed with cancer and he begins to research everything he can find out about the disease. This book contains, in very readable form, some of the most up-to-date information about cancer that is available. The book is filled not only with research, but with anecdotes, which makes it more about the human factor. Check Our Catalog

Girl You Left Behind

Girl You Left Behind
Two love stories figure in this book-Sophie, a young French bride whose husband has painted the picture, “The Girl You Left Behind,” of her, his beloved wife, whom he leaves in 1916 when he goes to fight in the front in World War I. When a German Kommandant takes an interest in both the picture and in Sophie, she has to make difficult choices to protect what she loves the most. The story shifts to Liv Halson, a young widow whose husband gave the painting to her as a gift. When the ownership of the painting is called into question, Live must deal with a gray area of morality, just as Sophie did, in order to protect what she loves the most. Check Our Catalog

Local Souls

Local Souls
Allan Gurganus, author of the 1989 best-seller, Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All, goes back to the mythical town of Falls, North Carolina, and presents 3 novellas set in today’s south. Gurganus is a real Southern writer, and he uses vivid language to convey his stories. His stories of small town life reflect the lives of all of us. Check Our Catalog

The Maid's Version

The Maid's Version
The story begins in 1965, first told through the eyes of Alma’s grandson, Alek, who listens to his grandma tell about an explosion in their small Missouri town in 1929 which killed 42 people, including Alma’s beloved sister, Ruby. Alma knows what really happened, and she tells Alek the story often in a lovely meandering and poetic style, as she recreates the past to finally put the horrors to rest. The explosion is based on a real life event which took place in the author’s own small Missouri town. Check Our Catalog

Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe
Frances Osgood is a writer and poet struggling to raise her 2 children alone in mid-nineteenth century New York when she meets already famous fellow writer and poet, Edgar Allan Poe, who is just reaching the height of his fame. This is a fictitious but historically accurate tale of their romance which becomes an illicit affair. Poe is already married to his cousin, who is young, beautiful and deathly ill. Poe’s wife befriends Frances-but how much does she know about Frances and her relationship to her husband? And what might she do with this knowledge? The mystery of the triangle heightens. Check Our Catalog

Sister Mother Husband Dog

Sister Mother Husband Dog
Delia is one of the four Ephron sisters, all of whom became writers. Delia co-authored several movies and plays with her sister, Nora, who died in 2012. Delia’s essays mostly deal humorously with life and its challenges, but she does talk about her sister’s larger than life personality and her death. However, she also discusses lighter subject-such as her love of New York’s bakeries in mouth watering detail. There is a lot to enjoy in this book. Check Our Catalog

Street Sweeper

Street Sweeper
Lamont is the street sweeper of the title. He is an African-American, recently released from prison, who meets a patient in the hospital where he works who has survived Auschwitz. Lamont meets a professor who is looking for a research topic to help jumpstart his career, and Lamont’s new friend may have the answer to his dilemma. The book touches on racism and prejudice in the past, as well as the present. Check Our Catalog

Survival Lessons

Survival Lessons
Author Alice Hoffman had breast cancer 15 years ago-and only now writes this book to teach others what she has learned from this experience. It is a short volume, filled with good writing, tips on how to help those who are battling cancer as well as for those who have survived. Her tips for living really apply to everyone. Check Our Catalog



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