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December 18, 2017

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Books, Movies & Music : Book Group Mainstays

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Book Group Mainstays

 

A list of titles picked out for Book Group Mainstays.

 

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Bel Canto: A Novel

Bel Canto: A Novel
Patchett, Ann

In an unnamed South American country, terrorists take an American opera star and Japanese and European tourists hostage. Their time in exile together provides an intense, fascinating look at human relationships.


Format: Book
Holds: 28 on 13 copies

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The Crying Tree

The Crying Tree
Rakha, Naseem

After her teenage son’s murder, Irene’s depression and grief can only be alleviated through a correspondence with the killer on death row and gradual forgiveness.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 2 copies

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Gilead

Gilead
Robinson, Marilynne

Nearing death, Rev. John Ames recounts his family's history and the lessons he learned from his father and as a pastor in a rural Iowa community, in an epistle to his small son who will grow up without him.


Format: Book
Holds: 17 on 27 copies

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A Thread of Grace: A Novel

A Thread of Grace: A Novel
Russell, Mary Doria

In a complex and moving historical novel, powerfully portrayed characters, both Jewish and Christian, protect Jewish refugees at great cost to themselves during the World War II German occupation of Italy.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 0 copies

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Shanghai Girls: A Novel

Shanghai Girls: A Novel
See, Lisa

After the invasion of Shanghai by Japan in the mid 1930’s, two sisters leave a glamorous life for arranged marriages in Los Angeles. There they are met with humiliating treatment and difficult choices.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 3 copies

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On Beauty

On Beauty
Smith, Zadie

This comic novel and contemporary reworking of E. M. Forster's Howard's End focuses on class differences, race and the feud between two families in a fictional New England college town.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters
Soli, Tatjana

At the end of the Vietnam War, an American female combat photographer experiences the harsh realities of war and conflicted love in this unique and stunning novel of passion and duty.


Format: Book
Holds: 2 on 4 copies

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The Help

The Help
Stockett, Kathryn

Hopeful journalist “Skeeter” Phelan decides to interview black maids in 1960s Mississippi and finds herself embroiled in race politics as the women’s stories reveal the unsavory side of her community.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge
Strout, Elizabeth

The psychological damage we hide beneath the surface of our everyday lives is the subject of this novel-in-stories about the people in small-town Maine and one woman, Olive Kitteridge, with a cold exterior.


Format: Book
Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel

Cutting for Stone: A Novel
Verghese, A.

Twin brothers born in Ethiopia to an Indian nun and a British surgeon conflict over love, politics, and family secrets, but still share a devotion to healing others.


Format: Book
Holds: 10 on 19 copies

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