New Book Discussion Kits – Courtesy of Sno-Isle Foundation – 16

April 4, 2013

 Niven, Jennifer. Becoming Clementine.

After her B-15 Flying Fortress is shot down over Normandy, Velva Jean Hart becomes Clementine Roux and works as a spy with the Resistance, during which time she falls in love with a fellow agent and ends up in a brutal prison.

Fountain, Ben.  Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys’ halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself.

Ford, Richard. Canada.  

After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.

Beasley, Sandra.  Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl.

Describes the impact of the author’s food allergies on her childhood while tracing the cultural history of food allergies, relating such experiences as her short-lived job as a restaurant reviewer and dates that ended in trips to the emergency room.

Alcott, Kate.  The Dressmaker.

A spirited young maid on board the Titanic captures the attentions of two men including a kindhearted sailor and an enigmatic Chicago millionaire and barely escapes with her life before witnessing media scorn targeting her famous designer mistress.



Odell, Jonathan.  The Healing.

Concerned about his wife’s grief over the loss of their daughter and worrying about a mysterious illness that is afflicting his slaves, Master Satterfield purchases a slavewoman known as a healer only to be unsettled by her troubling predictions. 

 Morrison, Toni.  Home.

Presents the story of embittered Korean War veteran Frank Money, who struggles against trauma and racism to rescue his medically abused sister and work through identity-shattering memories.

Lively, Penelope.  How It All Began.

The mugging of a retired schoolteacher by a petty thief on a London street has unexpected repercussions for her friends and neighbors when it inadvertently reveals an illicit love affair, leads to a too-good-to-be-true business partnership and helps a newly fluent immigrant to reinvent his life. By a Booker Prize-winning author. Reprint.

Lodge, David.  A Man of Parts.

Presents a story inspired by the intimate relationships of H. G. Wells, who at the end of his life evaluates his professional, political, and romantic successes and failures before achieving a greater understanding of himself.

 Troy, Peter.  May the Road Rise Up to Meet You.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Civil War, May the Road Rise Up to Meet You is a story of four unforgettable characters who, together, illuminate the quintessential American experience.


Coplin, Amanda. The Orchardist.

When two feral girls–one of them very pregnant–appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Talmadge, who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century, vows to save and protect them.

McLain, Paula.  The Paris Wife.

Follows the life of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, as she navigates 1920s Paris. By the author of A Ticket to Ride.

Cain, Susan.  Quiet.

Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations.

Quick, Matthew.  The Silver Linings Playbook.

Embracing a philosophy that life is a movie produced by God, neural health patient Pat Peoples endeavors to win back his estranged wife by making strategic sacrifices and coordinating their communications through a depressed widow.

Jensen, Nancy.  The Sisters.

Growing up motherless and under the thumb of a cruel stepfather in 1920s Kentucky, Bertie Fisher and her older sister Mabel are torn apart by a painful misunderstanding that reverberates through the lives of their daughters and granddaughters.

 Ivey, Eowyn.  The Snow Child.

A childless couple working a farm in the brutal landscape of 1920 Alaska discover a little girl living in the wilderness, with a red fox as a companion, and begin to love the strange, almost-supernatural child as their own.



















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