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Book Lovers Circle October 2013

Burial Rites

Burial Rites
Debut novel written by an Australian author who based this novel on a true story that she heard about when she traveled as a teen-ager to Iceland. In 1929, in Iceland, Agnes, a servant, has been convicted of killed the man she worked for. Since Iceland had not prison space for those condemned to death, Agnes is sent of live on the farm of a local official while she awaits execution. As the family comes to know, they find out about the truth of her circumstances. The tale involves all the qualities of tragedy-lust, greed, lying, jealousy. And there is a reason that Agnes asks for a particular priest as her spiritual counselor. A powerful book, taking place in a part of the world we may not be familiar with. Check Our Catalog

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital
During five days in the midst of Katrina, Memorial Hospital we on its own. In the aftermath, several health professionals faced criminal charges alleging that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Sheri Fink masterfully investigates this story, and one concern she raises is that hospitals are totally unprepared for a crisis of this magnitude, and we must push for changes. Check Our Catalog

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder
This is the true story of Charles Cullen, a quiet, introverted nurse who may have killed as many as 300 of his patients in 9 hospitals where he worked over 16 years across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This is the story of this serial killer and how he was almost able to get away with it, except for the detective work of two former Newark homicide detectives and a nurse willing to put everything at rise. Again, the message is how to keep such nurses as Charles Cullen from finding jobs and keeping them, when their real desire is to act as an “angel of death.” Check Our Catalog

Necessary Lies

Necessary Lies
It is 1960 in rural North Carolina, and Jane, a young bride, married to a doctor, wants to use her skills as a social worker. Inexperienced, she soon finds herself emotionally involved with her clients. The book is told from the point of view of the 2 main characters-Ivy, one of Jane’s clients, and Jane. Through the story of Ivy, Chamberlain reveals the horror of the Eugenics Program in North Carolina, the only state in the union which gave social workers the power to sign petitions for sterilization, which was used not just on people who were institutionalized, but also on those who were poor and on welfare. Check Our Catalog

Ocean at the End of the Lane

Ocean at the End of the Lane
This is an almost mythological story which starts our realistically but quickly takes on the fairy tale characteristics of a fable. The author mixes the reality of a nine year old child, dealing with the half fantasies and real challenges of childhood, and gives us a tale of good and evil as seen through the eyes of a child. Gaiman pulls this off beautifully. Check Our Catalog

The Other Typist

The Other Typist
In 1923, Rose is working for the NYC Police Department typing up confessions of criminals. Rose seems to be a normal single woman working for living-but is she? When a new typist, the glamorous Odalie, starts working, Rose’s life starts to lose control-and the cracks start to show. There are a few twists and turns, as several of the main characters start to show their true colors. Check Our Catalog

The People in the Trees

The People in the Trees
This is a debut novel. When a doctor goes on an expedition to Micronesian Island with an anthropologist, they discover that on two of the islands, natives have discovered the secret to immortality. This discovery wins a Nobel Prize, but the downfall of the doctor comes when he exploits what he has discovered and lets his own personal demons take over. A complicated novel that brings up more questions than answers. Check Our Catalog

The Road from Gap Creek

The Road from Gap Creek
This is the sequel to the 1999 best seller and Oprah selection, Gap Creek. The new book tells us what happened to the family whose early years of marriage were showcased in Gap Creek. The family now lives in Green River, North Carolina. The book is told from the point of view of Annie, on of the four children born of this marriage. Annie wants to find the peace and love that her mother seemed to have missed. Check Our Catalog

The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife
This is the story of two people in a relationship, with chapters going back and forth between each one. Jodi and Todd have been together for 20 years in a relatively comfortable relationship, even though Jodi knows that Todd has been unfaithful to her. But Todd’s new girlfriend changes the dynamics of their relationship-she is the college age daughter of one of Todd’s best friends, and now she is pregnant. What happens as the lives of Jodi and Todd unravel is not a pretty sight-it has lots of twists and surprises, and you may question the sanity of both parties. A book to read in one sitting. Check Our Catalog

These Few Precious Days: The Final Year With Jack and Jackie

These Few Precious Days: The Final Year With Jack and Jackie
With the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of JFK fast approaching, a myriad of books are being published this year about everything Kennedy. This is just one of the many. It deals with more than just the last year of the President’s life, but its poignancy comes with the fact that it seemed that the magic couple were becoming closer in their marriage, due, it seems, to the death of their infant son. There will always be an unfinished feeling about their relationship, due to Jack’s early death, but your sympathies may be with Jackie, who had to carve out a life for herself when women were more to be seen and not heard. Check Our Catalog



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