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Book Lovers Circle 2018 March

Brass

Brass
This is a debut novel about a mother-daughter relationship. Elsie, working in a diner in Waterbury, Connecticut has great dreams of leaving town and living a glamourous life. But she falls for Bashkim, a cook in her diner, who is Albanian with a wife back in Albania. The excitement of their relationship fades when she gets pregnant with his child, and they try to work together on a relationship, which eventually fails. Elsie gives birth to a daughter. The story alternates between the mother's story at 17 and that of her daughter, who also has great dreams of leaving Waterbury to go to college in New York City. When Luljeta is rejected by NYU, she finds herself stuck back in the small town. She sets out to find her birth father. Her story is all about belonging-feeling that you want to belong somewhere and with someone, and how she struggles to achieve this against great odds. Check Our Catalog

The Hollywood Daughter

The Hollywood Daughter
This is a coming-of-age book taking place in the Hollywood of the 1950's. 17 year old Jessica is surrounded by old Hollywood. Her father is a publicist and one of his clients is Ingrid Bergman. Jessica idolizes her until Bergman's affair with a married man is revealed. The fall out from this affects Jessica's father's career as well as his marriage. And Jessica needs to deal with the death of her idealistic dreams. Lots of Hollywood gossip in this book, and if you are a movie buff, you will enjoy it even more. Check Our Catalog

I Can't Breathe, A Killing on Bay Street

I Can't Breathe, A Killing on Bay Street
This is the story of Eric Garner, and the death that helped to launch the Black Lives Matter movement, but it is much more than that. The author has done his due diligence with research, and we get a full background of Eric Garner and his family, and the long road that led him to the moment when he was busted for selling loose cigarettes. Using the research done by this author, we can get a much clearer picture of what happened and why, and we take a look at the flaws in our system and our society. Check Our Catalog

Murder in the Manuscript Room

Murder in the Manuscript Room
Raymond Ambler, curator of crime fiction at the 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library, decides to solve the murder of a young woman that occurred in the public library building. Part of his interest is job-related, but he also has a personal interest; he has been trying to have a more personal relationship with Adele, who turns out to have several connections to the crime. As Raymond tries to find the murderer, will he end up getting into big trouble? Somehow, you don't have to be a great detective to figure that out.... Check Our Catalog

The Perfect Stranger

The Perfect Stranger
Leah is a journalist who made a wrong choice that damaged her career. She makes another wrong choice when she meets an old room-mate and decides to start a new life with her in a small town in Pennsylvania. Then, when room-mate Emmy disappears, Leah finds that she has no proof that Emmy ever existed. Leah finds that it is hard to uncover the truth while she is trying so hard to cover up her own version of the truth. Check Our Catalog

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Fraser has written the definitive biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the "Little House" books. Fraser has used primary source documents-manuscripts and letters- to recreate the life of the Ingalls and the Wilders as accurately as possible. Wilder wrote her books when she was in her 60's, as a way to help her pay her bills. The books are really based on life as she remembered it-or wanted to remember it. The truth was probably much bleaker than the books. But her early life, and her life after publishing the books, and even what happened to her estate after her death, makes for interesting reading. Check Our Catalog

Red Clocks

Red Clocks
This novel takes us into the US in a not-so-distant future, but one is which Roe vs. Wade has been over-turned, abortion is illegal, abortionists and those who seek abortions are jailed. There is a Personhood Amendments Act that grants life, liberty and property to every embryo, so in vitro fertilization is banned, and a law forbidding single parenthood is about to take effect. The lives of four women in a small fishing village in Oregon are affected by this lack of freedom. One is a single woman trying to get pregnant prior to the law which forbids single parenthood taking effect. Another is a high school student, pregnant and terrified. One is a young mother trapped in a dead end marriage, and one is a "healer' whose medicinal herbs can bring on a miscarriage. The book has realistic characters in a scary future. Check Our Catalog

Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13
A 13 year old girl disappears in a small town in England. But this novel is not a typical mystery. Instead, it turns out to be a study in small town life, how it is impacted by tragedy, and how it moves on. Each chapter in the 13 chapter book covers a year in the life of the people in the town. If you allow yourself to be immersed in this book, you will find yourself deeply entrenched into the town and its people.Check Our Catalog

The Senator's Children

The Senator's Children
The author takes bits and pieces of actual invents in the past lives of politicians and looks at them in a different way than the tabloids. A handsome Senator wins his election due to the sympathy vote because his son was killed in a car accident caused by his wife. Later, when he decides to run for President, his wife discovers that she has cancer and the Senator discovers that his mistress is pregnant-John Edwards, anyone? Most of the book is about the impact of these events on the daughter of the Senator's marriage, and his love child. Both women struggle with the past and with the relationship they have with their father. Check Our Catalog

White Chrysanthemum

White Chrysanthemum
It is 1943 and Hana, a 16 year old female diver in Korea, saves her nine year old sister from being raped by a Japanese soldier, only to find herself captured and sent to Manchuria as a "comfort women," in other words, she is forced to be a sex slave. Years later, Hana travels from her small village in Seoul in search of information about her sister, and to join other "comfort women" who are rallying to obtain reparations from the Japanese. This is a debut novel by a young author with Korean roots who first learned about comfort women when she visited her mother's small village in Korea in 2002. Check Our Catalog



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