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Book Lovers Circle 2018 April

An Appeal to the World

An Appeal to the World
Sometimes we need to take time from living our lives to taking stock of them. This little book can help us do that. The Dalai Lama talks about war, climate change, ethics and neuroscience but most of the book is about his philosophy of ethics-that we can live a secularly ethical life. He lives his life according to his beliefs, and he provides a little road map to help us live our lives better. Check Our Catalog

Behold The Dreamers

Behold The Dreamers
Jende Jonga and his wife Neni are immigrants from Cameroon and are in New York in 2007. They have come with their six year old son to fufill the American dream. Jende gets a job as a chauffeur for a senior executive at Lehman Brothers and then his wife is hired by the family as well. However, they soon discover that rich people have problems, too, and one of those problems becomes their biggest problem when Lehman Brothers collapses. Both families struggle. The family of immigrants is contrasted with that of their employers. The ending is a surprise and a commentary about what the American Dream can become in today's world. Check Our Catalog

Every Note Played

Every Note Played
Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, now tackles ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Her niche is writing books about people with neurological illnesses, so you will learn more than maybe you even wanted to learn about ALS, as the novel shows what the deterioration caused by the disease does to concert pianist Richard, who struggles to heal his family before his death. Check Our Catalog

Final Girls

Final Girls
Quincy Carpenter is a member of a club she wishes she did not qualify for. Ten years before, 3 girls survived 3 different mass murders and they were called "the final girls' by the press. They had never even met, but when one of them dies ten years later in a suspicious way, the other one, Samantha, shows up at Quincy's doorstep. Now Quincy has to relive the trauma of her past. Of course, her life is now in danger. There are lots of twists and turns in this one. Check Our Catalog

Golden Hill

Golden Hill
It is 1746 in old New York. A stranger knocks at the door of a counting house on Golden Hill Street. Can he be trusted? The author paints a rich picture of New York in the pre-revolutionary era as the story of the mysterious stranger plays out. Check Our Catalog

Happiness is a Choice You Make

Happiness is a Choice You Make
In 2015, journalist John Leland set out on a project to interview 6 older New Yorkers, age 85 and up, and find out how they were handling growing old. To his surprise, most of them were very contented. He did follow up interviews with them. This book not only chronicles their lives, but it also talks about research he did on how we can live a good life, as well the lessons he learned from the conversations he had with the "oldest old." We can all learn from them. Check Our Catalog

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
This is a debut novel. Hazel is the owner of a struggling book store and she receives a letter from her mathematician grandfather several days after his death. He asks her to deliver his last equation to a trusted friend. But first, she has to find it. She has to unravel the clues he has left her. Her quest leads her through danger as well as providing her with a life change. Check Our Catalog

Mr. Flood's Last Resort

Mr. Flood's Last Resort
Maud Drennan is a caretaker who prides herself on being able to manage even the worst client. And then she meets Mr. Flood, a lonely old hoarder who will have to move unless he can get his house in order. They soon bond over their love of Irish folktales and their hatred of Mr. Flood's over-bearing son. There are secrets in both families, as well as some dark moments. So you will get a mystery mixed in the some great "character" studies. Check Our Catalog

On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein

On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago, so there are going to be lots of books published in 2018 to commemorate his music and his life. Charlie Harmon was Bernstein's personal assistant for four years, from 1981 to 1985. He lasted a lot longer than most of Lennie's assistants. Harmon stayed in close touch with him until Bernstein died in 1990. This book is full of gossipy tid-bits about the composer-it's a lot of fun, but certainly not a definitive biography. Check Our Catalog

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir
Maude was raised in Dunkirk, France by two fanatical parents who virtually kept her prisoner in her home. Her paranoid father taught her not to trust anyone and she was often not given food or allowed to wash in order to teach her to be tough. She ended up making her break from them when she was 16. She is now a psychotherapist specializing in patients who have been manipulating and controlled by others. Check Our Catalog



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