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Christine Husom
Description: "When a woman's emaciated body is found in a hunter's woods, Sgt. Corky Aleckson is coaxed back into the field to assist Detective Smoke Dawes on the case. The investigation takes them into the world of human smugglers and traffickers. All the while, someone is leaving Corky anonymous messages and pulling pranks at her house."--Back page of cover.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hus
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, Margaret Atwood
Description: Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, but the world's most celebrated female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Midorikawa and Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their investigations into a wealth of surprising collaborations, such as the friendships between George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe or Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. Drawing on letters and diaries, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects these stories of female friendships and literary collaborations. -- Adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Mid
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Susanna Kearsley
Description: It's 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes, it upends the lives of the Wilde family. Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother's death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. And Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war's end they'll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily. Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum. As Charley starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Kea
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Nancy J. Hedin
Description: "Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that's what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she's fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship -- her ticket out of Bend -- even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she's got no real hope -- not with the scholarship's morality clause and that one time she kissed the preacher's daughter. Everything changes when a new girl comes to town. Charity is mysterious, passionate, and -- to Lorraine's delighted surprise -- queer too. Now Lorraine may have a chance at freedom and real love. But then Becky disappears, and Lorraine uncovers an old, painful secret that could tear the family apart. They need each other more than ever now, and somehow it's Lorraine -- the sinner, the black sheep -- who holds the power to bring them together. But only if she herself can learn to bend."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Hed
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Gurjinder Basran
Description: Everything Was Good-bye centers around Meena, a young Indo Canadian woman growing up in the lower mainland of British Columbia and traces her life as she struggles to assert her independence in a Punjabi community. Raised by her tradition bound widowed mother, Meena knows the freedoms of her Canadian peers can never be hers, but unlike her sisters, she is reluctant to submit to a life that is defined by a suitable marriage. Though a narrative moving between race and culture, it is ultimately a story of love, loss and self acceptance amidst shifting cultural ideals.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bas
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
James Baldwin
Description: This novel is a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, the story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions: affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, the author has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bal
Format: Kit
Date Added: Mar 6, 2018
Karen Abbott
Description: After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O'Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives. Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies' descendants, Abbott weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Abb
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
George Saunders
Description: February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory, where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state, called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Sau
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé
Description: A graphic designer's search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man's fate during World War II. Seeking inspiration for a new font design in an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota, graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was drawn to their expressive pen-and-ink handwriting. She could not read them, written in French, but she noticed all of them had been signed by a man named Marcel and mailed from Berlin to his family in France during the middle of World War II. As Carolyn grappled with designing the font, she had one of Marcel's letters translated. Reading it opened a portal to a different time, and she quickly became obsessed with finding out why the letter writer, Marcel Heuze, had been in Berlin, how his letters came to be in a store in Minnesota, and whether he ever returned to his wife and daughters after the war. This is the story of Carolyn's search to uncover the mystery of one man's fate during WWII, and her work on what would become the P22 Marcel font, immortalizing the man and his letters that waited almost seventy years to be reunited with his family.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Por
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Min Jin Lee
Description: Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Lee
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Ernest Cline
Description: Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Cli
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 23, 2018
Peter Geye
Description: "Against the dramatic Northern Minnesota lakeshore, a son and his father reconnect thirty-five years after the father has survived the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat."--P.[4] of cover.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Gey
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Ayobami Adebayo
Description: Yejide and Akin fell in love and married while at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide agreed polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage-- after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures-- Yejide is still not pregnant. When her family arrives with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. She does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ade
Format: Kit
Date Added: Feb 5, 2018
Kate Quinn
Description: 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth, no matter where it leads.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Qui
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Phaedra Patrick
Description: "Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater-vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met-- a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places"--Jacket.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Pat
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Jane Harper
Description: "After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Har
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Kate Morton
Description: Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. A shocking secret threatens to emerge.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Mor
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Kate Moore
Description: As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive -- until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights.
Call Number: Book Club Kit Moo
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Lisa Wingate
Description: "When successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the twentieth century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. Happy with her life in the city, and at the top of her career with a new job at Vida House Publishing, Jen has left her Appalachian past and twisted family ties far behind. But the search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen's suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever"--FantasticFiction.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Win
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Mary Lynn Bracht
Description: Korea, 1943, under Japanese occupation: As a haenyeo, a female diver of the sea, Hana enjoys an independence that few other Koreans can still claim. Until the day she saves her younger sister from a Japanese soldier and is herself captured and transported to Manchuria. There she is forced to become a 'comfort woman' in a Japanese military brothel. South Korea, 2011: Emi has spent more than sixty years trying to forget the sacrifice her sister made. Seeing the healing of her children and her country, can Emi move beyond the legacy of war to find forgiveness?-- Adapted from book jacket.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Bra
Format: Kit
Date Added: Jan 15, 2019
Laila Ibrahim
Description: Moments after Lisbeth is born, she's taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin, and the girl's visits to the slaves' quarters--and their lively and loving community she finds there --bring the two closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.
Call Number: Book Club Kit FIC Ibr
Format: Kit
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
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A Death In Lionel's Woods [Kit]
Christine Husom
Book Club Kit FIC Hus
Safe From The Sea [Kit]
Peter Geye
Book Club Kit FIC Gey
A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships Of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf [Kit]
Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney, Margaret Atwood
Book Club Kit Mid
Stay With Me [Kit]
Ayobami Adebayo
Book Club Kit FIC Ade
Bellewether [Kit]
Susanna Kearsley
Book Club Kit FIC Kea
The Alice Network [Kit]
Kate Quinn
Book Club Kit FIC Qui
Bend [Kit]
Nancy J. Hedin
Book Club Kit FIC Hed
The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper [Kit]
Phaedra Patrick
Book Club Kit FIC Pat
Everything Was Good-Bye [Kit]
Gurjinder Basran
Book Club Kit FIC Bas
The Dry [Kit]
Jane Harper
Book Club Kit FIC Har
If Beale Street Could Talk [Kit]
James Baldwin
Book Club Kit FIC Bal
The House At Riverton [Kit]
Kate Morton
Book Club Kit FIC Mor
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover In The Civil War [Kit]
Karen Abbott
Book Club Kit Abb
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story Of America's Shining Women [Kit]
Kate Moore
Book Club Kit Moo
Lincoln In The Bardo [Kit]
George Saunders
Book Club Kit FIC Sau
The Story Keeper [Kit]
Lisa Wingate
Book Club Kit FIC Win
Marcel's Letters: A Font And The Search For One Man's Fate [Kit]
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé
Book Club Kit Por
White Chrysanthemum [Kit]
Mary Lynn Bracht
Book Club Kit FIC Bra
Pachinko [Kit]
Min Jin Lee
Book Club Kit FIC Lee
Yellow Crocus [Kit]
Laila Ibrahim
Book Club Kit FIC Ibr
Ready Player One [Kit]
Ernest Cline
Book Club Kit FIC Cli