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Book Lovers Circle October

Among the Wicked

Among the Wicked
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, the expert when it comes to investigating crimes connected with the Amish community in Ohio where she works, due in part to the fact that she was at one time Old Order Amish, has her first under-cover job. She is asked to pose as an Amish widow in a reclusive community in New York State after a young girl has been found dead. There are increasingly disturbing rumors about the community, and Kate risks her own life, against the wishes of others, to investigate this crime. A fast well written read. Check Our Catalog

Book That Matters Most

Book That Matters Most
A coveted spot in the local library's book club as opened up, and Ava, who is recovering from the end of her 25 year marriage, is quick to join it. The book club picks as its yearly theme, "the book that matters most." Over the course of the year, we learn about Ava and her book club friends through the books they choose and their discussions. We also learn about Ava's past, which is reflected in the book that she chooses to read, which will close out the book club year. It involves the loss of her sister and mother years ago. There is also a side story about Ava's daughter, who is abroad in Paris, living a life that becomes increasingly dangerous. Many of the issues in Ava's life get resolved in surprising ways. Check Our Catalog

Born on a Tuesday

Born on a Tuesday
This is a debut novel by a Nigerian author who quit his job as a lawyer to write full time. Dantala is a young Nigerian man living on the street, who is taken into a mosque and becomes a favorite of the peaceful sheikh. But the sheikh's partner in the mosque becomes radicalized and Dantala must decide where his place is in a Nigeria that is splitting apart over religious and political factors. The turmoil in Nigeria is mirrored in the turmoil of Dantala's life. Check Our Catalog

The Girls in the Garden

The Girls in the Garden
Clare has started life anew after a family tragedy. She has moved her two pre-teen girls to a bucolic spot in London, where all the flats share a common garden/park area and each family seems to welcome her into their homes. But life there soon shows it is not as perfect as it seems. Her daughter, Grace, is found in an area of the garden, with her face bloodied and most likely the victim of a sexual assault. Clare now has to deal with who might have attacked her daughter, the changes this brings to her already fragile family,their changed realtionships with their neighbors, as well as the return of her husband who has been hospitalized due to his mental illness. Check Our Catalog

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
It is Russia in 1922 and aristocratic Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced by a Bolshevik tribunal to house arrest in a small attic room in a grand hotel in the Kremlin. Expecting to be able to return to his country estate, instead Rostov finds he must create an entirely new life for himself. He begins to carve out a life of purpose, and as Russia undergoes a massive change, so does the Count himself, always retaining his charm and dignity. Check Our Catalog

A Great Reckoning

A Great Reckoning
This is the twelfth book in Penny's series featuring Inspector Gamache, the solver of mysteries and resident of tiny Three Pines in Canada. Gamache is now in charge of the police academy, which had been rife with corruption. But there is a murder at the academy and Gamach becomes a prime suspect. Penny moves the story forward in the present while she also fills us in on Gamache's past as well as a mystery involving his own little village of Three Pines. A winner. Check Our Catalog

I'm Still Here

I'm Still Here
This is a debut novel by a French novel. Of course, it is a love story-but it has a very interesting premise. A young man, Thibault, while visiting his brother in hospital, looks for a quiet place to escape to and enters the room of a young woman who lies comatose. However, she actually has awakened from the coma and can neither speak nor move. The story is told from her point of view. Slowly and strangely, the two form a strong relationship. Her family is urged to take her off of life support. Will her relationship with Thibault be strong enough to keep those around her from pulling the plug? Check Our Catalog

Mischling

Mischling
This is a beautifully written novel about a terribly disturbing subject. It is the story of 12 year old twins, Sasha and Pearl, who arrive in Auschwitz in the spring of 1944 and immediately catch the eye of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, who was fascinated by twins and devised many gruesome experiments with his captives. This book interprets the story though the eyes of the children, so it is a mixture of innocence, hope and determination. The poetic style of writing makes the sadness and brutality more bearable. Check Our Catalog

We Are Unprepared

We Are Unprepared
The author is a former employee of the Environmental Defense Fund and is a native Vermonter, so it seems natural that this debut novel would deal with the environment and take place in Vermont. It also deals with the marriage of Brooklynites Ash and Pia who have moved to Vermont just in time to find out that the entire east coast is going to be the site of an inevitable superstorm that will cause catastrophic damage. Large cracks soon appear in the marriage, which reflect that large cracks in the town about how to deal with this impending storm. It's an intriguing premise for a novel, and shows the high cost of ignoring problems, both large and small. Check Our Catalog

You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me
Right from the first page, you realize that something is very much "not right" in the Knox family. The story is told from the point of view of Katie Knox, whose 14 year old daughter Devon is an extraordinary gymnast and the entire family has sacrificed to groom her to be on a track leading to Olympic glory. Slowly we learn just how much has to be sacrificed to keep Devon on this winning trajectory. How much of themselves will the family sacrifice so Devon can win? And how much will their high-powered coach sacrifice as well? Is it worth it to sacrifice both money and integrity? Check Our Catalog



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