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September 24, 2013



Doig, Ivan. The Bartender’s Tale.

Running a venerable bar in 1960 Montana while raising his 12-year-old son, single father Tom Harry finds his world upended by the arrival of a woman from his past and her beatnik daughter, who claims Tom as her father and upends the town with her passionate and pretentious modern views. By the National Book Award finalist author of Work Song.

Dilloway, Margaret.  The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns.

Enduring a strict schedule that balances her teaching job with the hospital regimen required by her kidney disease, 36-year-old Gal Garner devotes her spare hours to cultivating a new rose variation before her world is upended by the arrival of her teenage niece. By the author of How to Be an American Housewife. 30,000 first printing.

Schwalbe, Will.  The End of Your Life Book Club.

The author recounts his mother’s life, recalling how they discussed books during the final stages of her last illness and describing how this activity furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond.

Kingsolver, Barbara.  Flight Behavior.

Tired of living in oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media firestorm that changes her life forever.

Solomons, Natasha.  The Gallery of Vanished Husbands.

A member of a conservative Jewish community in 1960s London, Juliet Montagu still hasn’t divorced her husband who disappeared seven years earlier, but when a wealthy artist asks to paint her portrait her life changes dramatically.

Standage, Tom.  A History of the World in 6 Glasses.

An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks–beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola–describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind’s adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization.

Keesey, Anna.  Little Century.

After she moves near the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, to become a homesteader, 18-year-old Esther Chambers finds herself in a full-out range war, and becomes conflicted when her love for Ben Cruff, sworn enemy of the cattlemen, tests her loyalty to her cousin, the rancher Ferris Pickett.

Beah, Ishmael.  A Long Way Gone.

A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.

Boianjiu, Shani.  The People of Forever Are Not Afraid.

This coming-of-age story follows the lives of three Israeli girls who join the Israeli Defense Forces when they turn 18 and deal with gossip and flirting along with the threat of constant danger and intense military training.

Kurlansky, Mark.  Salt.

A history of salt notes its role as currency, in the establishment of trade routes and cities, and as an agenda of war, noting key figures who played major parts in its manufacture and distribution.

Bohjalian, Christopher.  The Sandcastle Girls.

A historical love story inspired by the author’s Armenian heritage finds early 20th-century nurse Elizabeth Endicott arriving in Syria to help deliver food and medical aid to genocide refugees, a volunteer service during which she exchanges letters with an Armenian engineer and widower.

Pamuk, Orhan. Silent House.

Awaiting the annual summer arrival of her grandchildren in her fishing village home outside Istanbul, bed-ridden widow Fatma shares memories and grievances with her late doctor husband’s illegitimate son until his cousin, a fervent right-wing nationalist, involves the family in the Turkish military coup of 1980.

Joyce, Rachel.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.




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