Yes, this month we are attempting to read TWO books!
American Dervish is the story of Hayat, a young Pakistani- American boy growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 80′s. It is a glimpse into the life of a family torn between assimilation and holding on to their beliefs and customs. The story, told from Hayat’s point of view is a fascinating one. If you enjoy audio books, this is a good one. American Dervish is read by the author himself, a first generation Pakistani, American from Milwaukee. Ayad Akhtar’s voice really brings this eye-opening story to life!
This month’s bonus book is Another Piece Of My Heart by Jane Green. Our book club was fortunate to be selected to receive copies of Green’s newest book. Another Piece Of My Heart “explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready- made family, and the true meaning of motherhood.” Andie, a 37-year old interior designer, turned “home-stager” does not know what she is getting herself into when she marries Ethan, the love of her life who has two children from a previous marriage. Yes, it is definitely Chic- Lit, but with today’s many blended families…it is well worth the read. I read this book over the weekend!
Please join us in reading American Dervish and Another Piece Of My heart! Two very different yet entertaining reads!
“All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost”
Michael and Jolene’s marriage is far less than perfect. In fact, their marriage is in trouble. And then to make matters even more complicated Jolene, a National Guard pilot is called to active service. Like any parent, Jolene hates to leave her family but duty calls and her husband, a defense attorney is left home alone to care for their two daughters. Homefront is a glimpse into the life of a military family. “It is a story of love, loss, heroism, honor, and ultimately, hope.”
Kristin Hannah is the author of numerous compelling novels such as Firefly Lane, Winter Garden and Night Road. Please join is in reading her latest novel Homefront.
and by the way……….GO BALTIMORE RAVENS !!!!!
FACT: In 2002, criminal charges were brought against five Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area. More and more victims came forward leading to more criminal charges and ultimately more arrests. People were shocked as secrets were revealed.
Faith takes place in 2002 in Boston. When Art McGann, a local pastor is accused of molesting a young boy, his sister Sheila McGann returns to town determined to find the truth and to redeem her brother. The story told from the perspective of Art as well as his siblings is being described as a “gripping suspenseful tale.”
Please join us in reading Faith by Jennifer Haigh
“Hide her” were the last two words Martha heard the girl say.
Martha knew nothing about the white girl or the young black man she was with. She had only laid eyes on them a short time earlier when they appeared on her front porch. They were soaking wet and clearly running from something. Martha couldn’t imagine why she had even let them in. There was something not quite right about them and they had a new-born baby with them. She offered them dry clothing and was planning to give them something to eat. That was before the pounding on the front door. Before the young man escaped out the window. Before she watched as the young girl was shoved in the car, as the baby slept peacefully upstairs in Martha’s attic.
And that was all within the first couple of pages! Please join us in reading The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon, the author of Riding The Bus With My Sister.
On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary Nick returns home to find his front door open, signs of a struggle, and his wife Amy gone. What happened to Amy?
“Gillian Flynn’s third novel is a breakneck-paced thriller and masterful dissection of marital breakdown… Wickedly plotted and surprisingly thoughtful, this is a terrifically good read.” —Boston Globe
“An irresistible summer thriller with a twisting plot worthy of Alfred Hitchcock. Burrowing deep into the murkiest corners of the human psyche, this delectable summer read will give you the creeps and keep you on edge until the last page.” —People
Gone Girl has been on the New York Times Best Seller list for 9 weeks. It sounds like the kind of book that will keep you up to all hours of the night reading. A real page turner! Please join us in reading Gone Girl!
“The Song of Achilles retells The Iliad like you’ve never read it before… in a realistic account of history and fantasy…Madeline Miller’s knowledge of ancient Greek history and her affinity toward the classic myths intensifies the novel and heightens the experience for the reader. Seamlessly blurring the lines of reality and time, Achilles is an amazing, spellbinding page-turner that I couldn’t put down until I’d read it cover to cover, twice!”
Instinct Magazine, March 2012
The Song of Achilles is the winner of The Orange Prize for fiction. Please join us as we read Madeline Miller’s beautifully written interpretation of the heroes of the Trojan War.
When her mentor Dr Annick Swenson goes missing and her lab partner dies suddenly, 42-year-old Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist is sent to the Amazon to find answers. Dr Swenson had been working on developing a miracle fertility drug. He had actually found a tribe of women who could bear children well into their old age. The pharmaceutical company had already invested a substantial amount of money on this project and the drug would be worth millions!
State of Wonder has been described as engaging, entertaining and suspenseful. Enjoy a good mystery? Looking for some adventure? Join us in reading State of Wonder!
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We would love you to read along with us and in order to encourage you to do so, we are giving away 6 copies of this month’s book Night Road! To enter just tell us your home city and state and what book you are recommending these days. It is that easy! Winners will be notified by email.
Jude Farraday’s entire life revolved around her twins Mia and Zach. They were one happy family and only too happy to welcome into their lives Lexi, the new girl in town. Lexi had spent her early years living in one foster home after another. It was not until her mother died and she went to live with her Great Aunt that she finally had a family of her own. Mia, Zach and Lexi became the best of friends Unfortunately Jude discovers the hard way that it is not easy to keep track of your children once they reach those teen age years and as much as you try to keep them safe there are somethings that are out of your control. One bad decision can change everything, and the conseqences can be devastating.
“You cannot read Night Road and not be affected by the story and the characters. The total impact of the book will stay with you for days to come after it is finished.” —The Huffington Post
Please join us in reading Night Road!
The only book I have read on the list of top 10 books is The Language of Flowers. We are scheduled to read The Marriage Plot in February and State of Wonder in March. Which other books should we read?
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
3. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
4. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
8. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
9. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
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