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Book Lovers Circle September

All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows
This is the story of two sisters raised in a strict Mennonite community in Canada. One sister has a seemingly charmed life-she is a world famous pianist married to a loving husband, but she has never been able to conquer her depression and has made numerous attempts to end her life. Her sister, Yoli, has a stagnant career and an imminent divorce, but she has more resiliency. She is determined to keep her sister alive. The story is full of dark humor, and is a character driven novel. Check Our Catalog

A Country Road, A Tree

A Country Road, A Tree
A young unknown writer journeys from the relative safety of his home in Ireland to Paris in 1939, purposely choosing to go into the messiness of war. He chooses to stay and work with the French resistance. His experiences in war time give him the foundation to develop his style of writing, and help to shape his ability to see the absurdity of life. Who is this young man? It is not a spoiler to say that Jo Baker based this fictional novel on the life and experiences of Samuel Beckett. Check Our Catalog

Dead Joker

Dead Joker
A Scandinavian murder mystery involved Hanne Wilhelmsen, chief investigator for the Oslo police. Hanne does not believe that the murderer of the wife of the chief public prosecutor was the chief prosecutor himself, although everyone else does. Then a similar murder changes the scenario. Short chapters, a complex plot, a great setting for murder and interesting and complicated characters. All the ingredients for a "good read." Check Our Catalog

Exposure

Exposure
The Cold War is at its height in London in 1960 when a low level bureaucrat gets enmeshed in the midst of it when he discovers his boss is a double agent. The underling is soon arrested, and his wife has to step up to prove his innocence. Lily is a German Jew who has fled the Nazis and she is soon forced to deal with all the complications of trying to protect her husband, herself and her three children. Dunmore brings an original voice to the spy novel scene, and her characters are originals, too. Check Our Catalog

Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter
Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties in Boston writing for a newspaper. Burnt out, she decides to apply for a job as a carpenter's assistant, which she gets. So you know if she is going to write about it, it will be a literate story. And she tells her story well, explaining the pleasure of a career using one's hands, with lots of literary and philosophical references. Her joy in her newfound passion/career is contagious. Check Our Catalog

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the novel reimagines the true case of a 17 year old boy who committed a triple homicide in 1896. He is a distant relative of the author. The author was intrigued and investigated the case thoroughly, trying to find a reason for the crime and a rationale for why the young man did not mount a vigorous defense.

In Twenty Years

In Twenty Years
20 years earlier, 6 Penn State students shared a house and planned to be life long friends. But 5 years after that, their ringleader, Bea, died and the group splintered. The surviving members are meeting on Bea's birthday, and the old grudges and disagreements start to appear. The five have to confront their past, present and futures. One of the better ones of this genre. Check Our Catalog

Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls
A debut novel with great word-of-mouth. The characters are based on real women of their time and the novel was well-researched. The lives of three very different women intersect during World War II-Caroline Ferriday, who was a post-debutante with a safe post in the US at the French consulate when Hitler invades France; Kasia, a teenager in Poland who joins the Resistance Movement and ends up a prisoner in Ravensbruck internment camp, and Herta, a German doctor whose desire to be a surgeon is so strong that it overcomes the doctor's pledge to "do no harm." The novel continues the story of what happens to the three women as they rebuild their lives after the war. Check Our Catalog

The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls
Justine inherits a lake house in Minnesota from her great aunt, Lucy. Along with the house, and a large investment portfolio, there is a notebook that tells the story of Lucy's sister who vanished from the lake house when she was only 6 years old. Justine's older daughter becomes obsessed with the child's disappearance-and trouble ensues. Check Our Catalog

Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas

Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
Weir is one of the most famous writers to write about the Tudors, and this time, she has chosen Margaret Douglas, who may not be well known, but she was the mother of Henry Stuart, who was the first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Margaret was never docile or obedient; she was strong, capable and fearless. She served a lady-in-waiting to several of Henry VIII's wives; she was imprisoned more than once in the Tower of London-but she outlived 5 monarchs and died in her bed. Her life story was quite a story, and Alison Weir is the right one to tell it. Check Our Catalog



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