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December 12, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : Family Lives and Relationships

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Family Lives and Relationships

 

As families have changed to become more inclusive so has our concept of what used to be called "domestic fiction" or "women's fiction." These newer stories reflect social changes and are of interest to a wider variety of readers. Descriptions are from the library catalog unless otherwise noted.

 

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The Blessings

The Blessings
Juska, Elise

When John Blessing dies and leaves behind two small children, the loss reverberates across his extended family for years to come. His young widow, Lauren, finds solace in her large clan of in-laws, while his brother's wife Kate pursues motherhood even at the expense of her marriage. John's teenage nephew Stephen finds himself involved in an act of petty theft that takes a surprising turn, and nephew Alex, a gifted student, travels to Spain and considers the world beyond his family's Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood. Through departures and arrivals, weddings and reunions, "The Blessings" reveals the interior worlds of the members of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family and the rituals that unite them. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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Here I Go Again

Here I Go Again
Lancaster, Jen

Bad karma returns to bite Lissy Ryder when at 37 she loses her husband, job and condo in quick succession. How can she change the past to save her future?


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 7 copies

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The View From Penthouse B

The View From Penthouse B
Lipman, Elinor

Two newly-single sisters, one by a divorce, the other by a death, become roommates with a handsome, gay cupcake-baker as they try to return to the dating world of lower Manhattan. (NoveLIst)


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 21 copies

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The Abundance: A Novel

The Abundance: A Novel
Majmudar, Amit

Pulled back into the world of their Indian immigrant parents when their mother is taken ill, Mala sets about learning her mother's art of Indian cooking, while her brother Ronak tries to sell their experience as a book and a TV documentary. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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The Children Act: A Novel

The Children Act: A Novel
McEwan, Ian

Fiona Maye is a successful High Court judge in a London family court. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. She decides to throw herself into her work.... But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 27 copies

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That Part Was True

That Part Was True
McKinlay, Deborah

A lonely British woman strikes up a pen pal friendship with a successful American author and they offer each other help and support with their relationship dramas before agreeing to finally meet up in Paris. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Accidents of Marriage: A Novel

Accidents of Marriage: A Novel
Meyers, Randy Susan

A social worker struggling to keep the peace with her increasingly volatile husband for the sake of their children finds herself fighting for her life in the hospital after his temper gets the best of him one rainy day. (NoveLIst)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 5 copies

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
Moriarty, Liane

Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated. (NoveLIst)


Format: Book
Holds: 20 on 48 copies

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Florence Gordon

Florence Gordon
Morton, Brian

A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust to the center of her family's various catastrophes. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 9 copies

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One Plus One

One Plus One
Moyes, Jojo

A single mom trying to raise a bullied stepson and a mathlete daughter finds an unexpected rescue in the form of an obnoxious tech millionaire named Geeky Ed. (NoveList)


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 21 copies

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