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January 11, 2013

This Month’s Book: Home Front By Kristin Hannah

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“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 !!!!!

November 11, 2012

This Month’s Book: Faith By Jennifer Haigh

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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

Faith by Jennifer Haigh By Jennifer Haigh – Book Finder –

September 18, 2012

This Month’s Book: The Story Of Beautiful Girl By Rachel Simon

Filed under: The Story of Beautful Girl,What is next?? — susanbright @ 8:31 pm

“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.

The Story of Beautiful Girl: Rachel Simon: 9780446574464: Amazon

August 11, 2012

This Month’s Book: Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

Filed under: Gone Girl,What is next?? — susanbright @ 9:47 pm

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!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Reviews, Discussion Goodreads

July 26, 2012

This Month’s Book:The Song Of Achilles By Madeline Miller

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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.

February 11, 2012

This Month’s Book: State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett

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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!

December 16, 2011


Filed under: Give Aways,Kristin Hannah,Night Road,What is next?? — susanbright @ 10:27 am


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.

December 14, 2011

This Month’s Book: Night Road By Kristin Hannah

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 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!

December 7, 2011

Readers’ Choice: Best Books of 2011

Filed under: Book Recomendations,What is next?? — susanbright @ 3:23 pm

 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

For the complete list:

October 20, 2011

This Month’s Book: Hush By Eishes Chayil

Filed under: Hush,What is next?? — susanbright @ 11:05 am

Everyone is talking about Hush!  Hush takes place in a Chassidic community in Borough Park, New York.  A community where children are sheltered from the evils of the outside world. A world where marriages are arranged and girls do not learn about sex until their wedding night.  Gittel and Devory are best friends. While attending a sleep over at Devory’s house Gittel witnesses Devory’s brother doing something to Devory under the covers. Although she does not fully understand what she is seeing, she senses that it is wrong and ultimately the event drives Devory to take her own life. No one talks about what happened and Devory’s family moves away. Years later, seventeen year old Gittel is still haunted by what happened to her friend and the fact that no one would acknowledge what caused Devory to take her own life.  Please join us in reading this gripping story!

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