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Book Lovers Circle October

Days of Awe

Days of Awe
Isabel Moore has had a horrible year-her husband has left her, her pre-teen daughter now "hates" her, and her best friend from kindergarten has been killed in a car accident. Isabel now has to reinvent herself; she needs to find her way. Her mother encourages her to join a group called "Relationships in Transition." This is not a story of despair. Isabel has an acerbic wit, she finds humor and irony in life, and she very humorously starts to move past her grief and make a life she can call her own. Check Our Catalog

Dust That Falls From Dreams

Dust That Falls From Dreams
DeBernieres wrote "Corelli's Mandolin" which was a 1994 best seller. This story is about three families living idyllically in Kent just prior to World War I. Life is safe and quiet for the four Mc Cosh sisters, their prim and proper neighbors on one side, and the other neighbors from America with two daredevil sons. The children form a tightknit group which is torn apart when World War I intervenes. A saga of what happens to pals when they are broken by war, what happens when they return to be put together-and what happens when not all of them return. Check Our Catalog

The Hand That Feeds You

The Hand That Feeds You
Morgan is completing a study for her thesis in victim psychology. Her thesis deals with what type of woman is victimized and what type of man is the victimizer. But Morgan soon finds out that she needs someone to help her figure out what her own life situation is. There is suspense, mystery and murder from the very first pages, when Morgan comes into her apartment and finds her fiancée dead from being mauled and her three beloved dogs covered in blood. Morgan soon finds out that things are not what they appear to be. First of all, she can find no family for her fiancée to even inform of his death. Everything he has told her has been a lie. This story was co-authored by two people, one of whom is a founding member of two dog rescue organizations. Will the dogs turn out to be more trustworthy than the humans? Read it and see. Check Our Catalog

Incarnations

Incarnations
Wang is a taxi driver in Beijing in 2008 when a letter falls from his visor while he is driving. He continues to receive these anonymous letters from someone who claims to be his "soulmate." His soulmate claims that they have been connected since the time of Genghis Khan, they have taken part in the Opium Wars, and have even been in the Red Guard in 1966. The stories are fascinating, and give a wonderful history of China-but are the stories true? Check Our Catalog

Nagasaki

Nagasaki
This is a non-fiction account of the bombing of Nagasaki and its aftermath. The bombing occurred 70 years ago. Southrad creates that day by finding 5 survivors who are willing to tell her what they endured, what their families had to deal with, and how they and their country coped with the bombing, which killed 74000 outright, another 74000 in the next few months, and over 700000 more in the next year-this, in a city of 240000 people. Hospitals, churches and schools were bombed. Was this really necessary, as peace talks had already begun? should we have done this? And more importantly, what can we do to make sure that it never happens again. Check Our Catalog

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
If you read Joyce's novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry then you know who Miss Queenie is-the woman who set Harold out on his history making trip to see her one time before might die. The first book tells very little about Miss Queenie herself, so the newest book fills in the blanks, and also gives both stories more dimension. This is a charming, yet poignant book. Joyce has created two remarkable characters both in Queenie and in Harold Fry. Check Our Catalog

Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
Buck decides to recreate the 2000 mile trip that was made by pioneers over a hundred years ago, when they traveled the Oregon trail in covered wagons. Over 400,000 people made America by traveling this route between 1845 and 1860. It takes Buck four months to complete the trip, with a wagon, 3 mules, his brother and a Jack Russell terrier. You will get history and hardships in this book, as well you will become part of the personal family drama as the brothers try to figure out their own relationship. Check Our Catalog

Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby
Heidi Wood is a do-gooder, spending her life and her career in helping others. After several days of spotting the same homeless young woman with a baby in the subway , Heidi, unable to convince her to go to a shelter, invites her to stay in Heidi's own home. This move horrifies her husband, Chris, and pre-teen daughter, Zoe. The story is told from the pint of view of Heidi, Chris and the homeless Willow. The story suddenly shifts aheadin time-Willow, the young mother, finds herself in jail. What has happened? The truth begins to come out, and all characters have to learn to live with some unsettling truths. This is a novel of psychological suspense, which does not stop until the end of the story. Check Our Catalog

Two Across

Two Across
A debut novel, this starts when two teen-agers who meet when they tie for first place at the National Spelling Bee. Stanley and Vera discover they have a lot in common not the least of which is having parents who want to control their futures. To get away form their controlling parents, they decide to get married-in name only. Of course, Stanley does not know that Vera loves him. Boy gets girl; boy loses girl-and the rest of the book is what happens after that. There is lots of heartbreak, happy moments and lots of information about Stanley's love of designing crossword puzzles. Check Our Catalog

A Window Opens

A Window Opens
This is a very funny book about the perils of life as a modern woman-balancing children, work, marriage and fun. Alice Pearse is living the dream in a suburban New Jersey town (the author lives in Montclair). She has a part-time job she loves, has time for coffee with friends and a husband who is an attorney making good money. She has it all-and then she doesn't. She needs to work full-time when he finances change-and she get s a job with a company that wants to combine Star Bucks and Amazon. She really skews corporate culture. And then her cup over-flows: her children get more difficult, her job takes on some nightmarish qualities-and she starts to worry that her husband is putting out an awful lot of wine and beer bottles for recycling. And then her beloved Dad has a recurrence of cancer. Check Our Catalog



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