Book of the Month

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April 2014

Reconstrucing Emelia by Kimberly McCreight

Praise for the Book.

A superb blend of Tana French and Jodi Picoult, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, friends and bullies. It's about how well any parent really knows their child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

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Reconstructing Amelia

March 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind. Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man. And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.

Named a Best of 2013 pick by: The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, The Christian Science Monitor, Library Journal, and BookPage



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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

February 2014

Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska

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In Hruska’s witty, piercingly relevant debut novel, she pulls back the curtain on the lengths to which people will go to produce successful children.

In her riveting novel, Accelerated, Bronwen Hruska skewers the parenting habits of affluent Manhattanites through the perspective of suddenly single dad Sean Benning. Having just been left by his wife, Ellie, Sean is on his own dealing with the hypercompetitive environment at the exclusive Upper East Side school his 8-year-old son, Toby, attends (the boy’s grandparents pay the tuition).

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Redbird Christmas

January 2014

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

National Book Award 2012 to Louise Erdrich for The Round House


Law is meant to put out society’s brush fires, but in Native American history it has often acted more like the wind. Louise Erdrich turns this dire reality into a powerful human story in her new novel, in which a Native American woman is raped somewhere in the vicinity of a sacred round house, and seeking justice becomes almost as devastating as the crime.
New York Times Book Review, Oct 12, 1012


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The Round House

December 2013

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flag

An enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas .

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Redbird Christmas

November 2013

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a "book club" that brings them together as the mother faces an advanced form of pancreatic cancer. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life.

Reading Guide for The End of Your Life Book Club

Interview with Will Schwalbe

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October 2013

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

In 1923, devout Eva English and her not-so-religious sister Lizzie embark on a journey to be missionaries in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. (book summary)

Reading Guide for A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar

New York Times review
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September 2013

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is a brilliant, ruthless, cunning, a tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it? (book summary)

Reading Guide for Ender's Game

Ender's Game Official Trailer
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August 2013

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Once again, Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, she has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

Reading Guide for Caleb's Crossing

A New York Times bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author

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July 2013

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Chief detective Carl Mørck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.

Imagine if the brooding detective Kurt Wallander from the Henning Mankell series accidentally wandered into the plot of a Stieg Larsson novel and you’d have a pretty good idea of what this book is like. Unfortunately, we don’t get a new Salander, but we do get a pretty interesting and flawed character in Carl Morck. (GoodReads reviewer Kemper)

Carl Mørck used to be a good homicide detective—one of Copenhagen’s best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren’t so lucky, and Carl, who didn’t draw his weapon, blames himself.

Keeper of Lost Causes

June 2013

Grace in the City by Victoria Brown - previously published as Minding Ben

At sixteen, Grace Caton boards her first airplane, leaving behind the tropical papaya and guava trees of her small village in Trinidad for another island, this one with tall buildings, graceful parks, and all the books she can read. At least that's what Grace imagines. But from the moment she touches down, nothing goes as planned. The aunt who had promised to watch over her disappears, and Grace finds herself on her own.

There is love and laughter, sadness and pain, and yet through all the trials and tribulations, Grace continues to keep faith and hope alive. An inherent kindness shows through and keeps you rooting for her to receive what she hopes for.
Grace in the City
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May

The Expats by Chris Pavone

" But Mr. Pavone strengthens this book with a string of head-spinning revelations in its last pages, as layer after layer of deceit is peeled away. (Think of an onion.) The tireless scheming of all four principals truly exceeds all sane expectations." Janet Maslin, New York Times

"An impressive thriller by first-time novelist Pavone, with almost more double-crosses than a body can stand." Kirkus Reviews

"Expertly and intricately plotted, with a story spiralling into disaster and a satisfyingly huge amount of double crossing, The Expats certainly doesn't feel like a first novel. This is an impressively assured entry to the thriller scene." Alison Flood, The Observer

The Expats
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April

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

" So, here it is: Heading Out to Wonderful. A man arrives in Brownsburg, Virginia, in the summer of 1948. He brings with him two suitcases. In the first are his clothes and a fine set of butcher knives. The second suitcase is filled with money. A lot of money. He sets foot on the ground of Virginia, in the countryside where I live now, and the story that I first heard thirty years ago begins to breathe." Robert Goolrick

"Charlie’s a butcher, and a good one. The existing butcher hires him and befriends him. Soon the butcher’s 5-year-old son, Sam, reveres him, and Charlie becomes like a second father to the lad. Enter Sylvan Glass, the young wife of the loathsome, morbidly obese Boaty Glass — the richest man in Brownsburg. Boaty has literally bought Sylvan from her father, a hardscrabble farmer outside of town, and made her his wife." Washington Post

"For southerners, the past is as real as the present; it is not even past, as Faulkner said." Robert Goolrich

Heading Out to Wonderful
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March

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

"In Walker’s stunning debut, a young California girl coming-of-age in a dystopian near future confronts the inevitability of change on the most personal level as life on earth withers." Kirkus Reviews

"The rotation of the Earth has begun to slow, and days and nights are growing longer and longer. All the scheduled rituals of daily life are disrupted." New York Times

"Poised to be one of the hot books of the summer, The Age of Miracles is the terrifying and gripping debut from Karen Thompson Walker about a day when the earth's rotation begins slowing, hurling the planet into disarray." Publishers Weekly

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”
Age of Miracles
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