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Friday, 24 January 2014
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2013 BOOK GROUP FAVORITES
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Has your book group discovered these favorites?

THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND. In this Newberry winner set in 1687 Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch and finds herself standing trial for witchcraft. Superior historical fiction!

84, CHARING CROSS ROAD. If you love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you'll be charmed by this true story that begins in 1949 with a letter inquiring about secondhand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene's sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the staid and proper Frank Doel of Marks & Company, a business relationship blossoms into a warm, charming, feisty friendship.

THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR. He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem--ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young Housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him. And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them.

CUTTING FOR STONE. Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart. A haunting, moving story.

Most checked out titles for 2013:
   THE BOOK THIEF
   ENDER'S GAME
   THE HOBBIT
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Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits at 4:34 PM
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013
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Fall Into A Good Book
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THE FAVORED DAUGHTER is a rare find; a biography of an Afghani woman written by that woman. Fawzia Koofi, born to her father's seventh wife, tells her story of growing up female in war-torn Afghanistan. While disclosing her personal loves and trials she also illuminates the story of the country she loves. Koofi was born into a tribal society, lived through her teenage years in a country torn by war with Russia, was a young adult and married woman during the rule of the Taliban, and now works hard to represent her people in the Afghani National Assembly, as well as provide for and train her two young daughters. Her story is nothing short of amazing. A great read! --Sherrie M., Library Staff

THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER. Both provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother's journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children's individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future. This book chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way - and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspires.

A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO. In this classic Newbery Honor book, Joey and his sister spend nine unforgettable summers with the worst influence imaginable--their grandmother! Grandma continually astounds her citified grandchildren by stretching the boundaries of truth. In eight hilarious episodes spanning the years 1929-1942, she plots outlandish schemes to even the score with various colorful members of her community, including a teenaged vandal, a drunken sheriff and a well-to-do banker. The best children's books can be read and enjoyed by adults. This is a choice one, with sequels!
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Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits at 4:51 PM
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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Book Club Summer Reads
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THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS by C. S. Lewis
In a series of letters, Screwtape, one of Satan's more experienced tempters, writes to Wormwood, a junior agent in the field, instructing him in the finer points of capturing souls. A clever book writen in a breezy style seldom found in religious literature.

STARDUST by Neil Gaiman
Living in a Victorian countryside town overshadowed by an imposing stone barrier, Tristran is compelled to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves and crosses to the wondrous other side of the barrier, where he encounters dangerous rivals for the star. A sweet, romantic fantasy that is imaginative, enchanting, and inventive.

THESE IS MY WORDS by NANCY E. TURNER
This rip-roaring yarn, the diary as page-turner, is based on Turner's great-grandmother's diary and covers 20 years in the life of a woman in the Arizona Territories at the end of the last century. We watch the spirited Sarah, unpolished but spunky at 17, improve both her grammar and her grace; come to terms with death and tragedy and keep a large cast of extended family in her heart and in her kitchen. A compelling portrait of an enduring love, the rough old West and a memorable pioneer.
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Posted By Logan Library - Book Club Kits at 12:02 PM
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