4th Tuesday (Margie's) Book Club

The 4th Tuesday Book Club meets at the Town & Country Village Store in Palo Alto on the 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm (some variation may happen due to holidays or special events, call the store for details). The group will be lead by Margie Scott Tucker, co-owner of Books Inc and will discuss mainly fiction with some interesting and relevant non-fiction choices added throughout the year.  New members are welcome at every meeting.
Town & Country Village
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA
650-321-0600
 
4th Tuesday in the Blogosphere -

$14.00
ISBN: 9781451696196
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Published: MTV Books - August 14th, 2012

September 2014 Selection: Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective...but there
comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. Since
its publication, Stephen Chbosky's haunting debut novel has received
critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult
phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year
at #1 on the "New York Times" bestseller list, and inspired a major
motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. "The Perks of
Being a Wallflower" is a story about what it's like to travel that
strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world
of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and "The
Rocky Horror Picture Show." Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster
days known as growing up.


$26.00
ISBN: 9780316250818
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 8th, 2014

August 2014 Selection: "In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate,
deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its
dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of "A Visit from the
Goon Squad "The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and
they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now
live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their
days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past
they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative
existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida
finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of
their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the
nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets.
These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize
this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where
everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must
quickly decide whom to trust. A gripping and provocative debut novel
by a stunning new talent, "California" imagines a frighteningly
realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature
and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to
protect the ones we love.


$15.99
ISBN: 9781476729091
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 3rd, 2014

July 2014 Selection: Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy
"bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and...humor," ("Entertainment"
"Weekly") featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics
professor, Don, as he seeks true love. The art of love is never a
science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of
genetics, who's decided it's time he found a wife. In the orderly,
evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs
the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page,
scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the
late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don
easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she
is "quite intelligent for a barmaid"). But Don is intrigued by Rosie's
own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely
relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is
forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the
realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find
love, it finds you. Arrestingly endearing and entirely
unconventional, Graeme Simsion's distinctive debut "navigates the choppy
waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh
take ("USA TODAY"). "Filled with humor and plenty of heart, "The Rosie
Project" is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we're
wired, just want to fit in" ("Chicago Tribune").


$16.00
ISBN: 9780312150600
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Published: Picador USA - November 12th, 1999

June 2014 Selection: This 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year paints a rich, vivid portrait of
heartbreak and happiness, recounting the story of Ruby Lennox, a
narrator who will leave no stone unturned in her account of family life
above a pet shop in England. A poignant and beautifully wrought portrait
of a young girl's growth.--Seattle Times.


By Gregoire Delacourt, Anthea Bell (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143124658
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

May 2014 Selection: The #1 bestselling international phenomenon that asks, If you won the
lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams?
Jocelyne lives in a small town in France where she runs a fabric shop,
has been married to the same man for twenty-one years, and has raised
two children. She is beginning to wonder what happened to all those
dreams she had when she was seventeen. Could her life have been
different? Then she wins the lottery--and suddenly finds the
world at her fingertips. But she chooses not to tell anyone, not even
her husband--not just yet. Without cashing the check, she begins to make
a list of all the things she could do with the money. But does Jocelyne
really want her life to change?


$17.00
ISBN: 9781594632341
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 25th, 2014

April 2014 Selection: The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the
arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so
much else has changed. In "The Interestings," Wolitzer follows these
characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their
talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of
creativity that is rewarded at age fifteen is not always enough to
propel someone through life at age thirty; not everyone can sustain, in
adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence. Jules Jacobson, an
aspiring comic actress, eventually resigns herself to a more practical
occupation and lifestyle. Her friend Jonah, a gifted musician, stops
playing the guitar and becomes an engineer. But Ethan and Ash, Jules's
now-married best friends, become shockingly successful--true to their
initial artistic dreams, with the wealth and access that allow those
dreams to keep expanding. The friendships endure and even prosper, but
also underscore the differences in their fates, in what their talents
have become and the shapes their lives have taken. Wide in scope,
ambitious, and populated by complex characters who come together and
apart in a changing New York City, "The Interestings" explores the
meaning of talent; the nature of envy; the roles of class, art, money,
and power; and how all of it can shift and tilt precipitously over the
course of a friendship and a life.


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ISBN: 9780307475503
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Published: Anchor Books - January 7th, 2014

March 2014 Selection: Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the
families know each other. When Chicky Starr decides to take an old,
decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept
Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the
sea, everyone thinks she is crazy. Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned
good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at
business), Stone House is finally ready to welcome its first guests to
the big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms. Laugh
and cry with this unlikely group as they share their secrets
and--maybe--even see some of their dreams come true. Full of Maeve's
trademark warmth and humor, once again, she embraces us with her grand
storytelling.


$15.99
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

February 2014 Selection: Washington Post Best Book of the YearNew York Times Notable BookOne
Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North
Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface because
Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what
happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and
thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably
transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed
and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds
himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill
prepared.While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest
justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated
with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends,
Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest
takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship
for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.


$16.99
ISBN: 9780062124272
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 4th, 2013

January 2014 Selection:New York Times Notable BookWashington PostBest Book Of The YearAmazon's Top 100: Editor's ChoiceUsa Today Best Book Of The YearDellarobia
Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she
accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of
domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she seeks momentary escape
through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man.She hikes up a
mountain road behind her house toward a secret tryst, but instead
encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what
looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary
miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists,
religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural
farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists,
opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in
the outcome.As the community lines up to judge the woman and her
miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a
larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever
believed.


$26.95
ISBN: 9780399162091
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Published: Marian Wood Book - May 30th, 2013

November 2013 Selection: From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Jane Austen Book
Club," the story of an American family, middle class in middle America,
ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart
of this extraordinary novel. Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad,
brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her
story in the middle. She has her reasons. "I spent the first eighteen
years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a
chimpanzee," she tells us. "It's never going to be the first thing I
share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren't
thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern's expulsion, I'd scarcely
known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind
other half, and I loved her as a sister." Rosemary was not yet six
when Fern was removed. Over the years, she's managed to block a lot of
memories. She's smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some
guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and
unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled
before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have
hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, "Rosemary" truly
is for remembrance.


$15.99
ISBN: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

August 2013 Selection: From the moment it opens--on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa
1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and
spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat--Jess Walter's
Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a
novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood,
Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising--a
story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of
their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.


$15.00
ISBN: 9780307743954
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Published: Vintage Books - May 7th, 2013

June 2013 Selection: A "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Daily Candy" Best Book of the YearWinner of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for First Fiction Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize The
Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the island of
Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne to the impeccably
appropriate Greyson Duff. The weekend is full of champagne, salt air and
practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust stir
beneath the surface. Winn Van Meter, father of the bride, is not
having a good time. Barred from the exclusive social club he's been
eyeing since birth, he's also tormented by an inappropriate crush on
Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid, Agatha, and the fear that his daughter,
Livia--recently heartbroken by the son of his greatest rival--is a
too-ready target for the wiles of Greyson's best man. When old
resentments, a beached whale and an escaped lobster are added to the
mix, the wedding that should have gone off with military precision
threatens to become a spectacle of misbehavior.


$16.00
ISBN: 9780452297647
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Published: Plume Books - December 27th, 2011

April 2013 Selection: For fans of "Downton Abbey, "a "New York Times "bestseller, the start of an affair, the end of an era
Fans of Kate Morton's "The ""Forgotten Garden "and Sarah Jio's "The
Violets of March "will love this "New York TImes "bestselling sweeping
historical novel of love and loss. It's the spring of 1938 and no longer
safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to
leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor
maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay,
where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is
coming, and the world is changing. When the master of Tyneford's young
son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship
that will transform Tyneford-and Elise-forever.


$14.95
ISBN: 9780618711659
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2006

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ISBN: 9780770435721
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Published: Broadway Books - January 22nd, 2013

February 2013 Selection: Can We Ever Escape Our Secrets? Kate Moore is a working mother,
struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her
marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining
secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg,
she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.
She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a
language she doesn't speak, doing the housewifely things she's never
before done--playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and
never-ending laundry. Meanwhile, her husband works incessantly, at a job
Kate has never understood, for a banking client she's not allowed to
know. He's becoming distant and evasive; she's getting lonely and bored.
Then another American couple arrives. Kate soon becomes suspicious that
these people are not who they say they are, and she's terrified that
her own past is catching up to her. So Kate begins to dig, to peel back
the layers of deception that surround her. She discovers fake offices
and shell corporations and a hidden gun, a mysterious farmhouse and
numbered accounts with bewildering sums of money, and finally unravels
the mind-boggling long-play con that threatens her family, her marriage,
and her life. Stylish and sophisticated, fiercely intelligent and
expertly crafted, "The Expats" proves Chris Pavone to be a writer of
tremendous talent.


$14.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

January 2013 Selection: Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for
recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he
breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from
loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first
snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow
child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running
through the trees.


$17.00
ISBN: 9780143118077
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Published: Penguin Books - August 31st, 2010

October 2012 Selection: The One City One Book 2012 SelectionThe most startling thing about disasters, according
to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many
people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy
reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and
meaningful work that disaster often provides. "A Paradise Built in Hell"
is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and
generosity that arise amid disaster's grief and disruption and considers
their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what
society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more
collaborative and local. 


$15.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor Books - July 3rd, 2012

September 2012 Selection: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is
simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white
striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of
breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is
only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is
underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have
been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their
mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which
only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco
soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of
dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the
performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.


$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993295
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Published: Random House - July 24th, 2012

August 2012 Pick: "There's tremendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she
probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin
to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when
all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have
abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold
at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him."--Paula McLain,
author of "The Paris Wife"


$16.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

July 2012 Pick: This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society--where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New York's social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, "Rules of Civility" won the hearts of readers and critics alike.


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ISBN: 9780316126670
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 2012

June 2012 Selection: At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, ""The Art of Fielding" is mere baseball fiction the way "Moby Dick" is just a fish story" (Nicholas Dawidoff). It""is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.


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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

May 2012 Pick: "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what's been missing in her life. And when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
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ISBN: 9780316083331
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - March 5th, 2012

April 2012 Pick: Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars. As Trevor examines the relics from the box, he imagines the story of Louise's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who worked for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Th r se. But the more time Trevor spends with the objects, the truer his imaginings become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office, and with whom he finds himself falling in love.


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Published: Harper Perennial - January 2012

February 2012 Selection: On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on
Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene's marriage is unraveling.
Following the outline of Gary's old dream and trying to rebuild their
life together, they are finally constructing the kind of cabin that drew
them to Alaska in the first place. But the onset of an early winter and
the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threaten their
bond to the core. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest,
"Caribou Island" is a drama of bitter love and failed dreams--an
unforgettable portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the
soul.


$15.00
ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade - November 1st, 2011

January 2012 Selection:


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Published: Gotham Books - September 21st, 2011

November 2011 Pick: "Toast" is Slater's extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food. A bestseller and award-winner in the United Kingdom, "Toast" is sure to delight both foodies and memoir readers on this side of the pond.


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ISBN: 9781565126299
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - October 1st, 2011

October 2011 Selection: Hannah Payne 's life has been devoted to church and family, but after her arrest, she awakens to a nightmare: she is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime is a new and sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. The victim, according to the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she 's shared a fierce and forbidden love.
"When She Woke" is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.


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Published: Ballantine Books - July 26th, 2011

September 2011 Selection: When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare's unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse--"A plague on both your houses!"--is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo--but where is he?


$15.95
ISBN: 9781400033195
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Published: Anchor Books - June 14th, 2011

August 2011 Selection: This riveting novel from a Pulitzer Prize winner traverses the intimate landscape of one woman's life, from the 1880s to World War II.


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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

July 2011 Selection: Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, "A Visit from the Goon Squad "is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.


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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2011

May 2011 Selection: When Nina Revskaya puts her remarkable jewelry collection up for auction, the former Bolshoi Ballet star finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland, and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed her life half a century earlier. It was in Russia that she discovered the magic of dance and fell in love, and where, faced with Stalinist aggression, a terrible discovery incited a deadly act of betrayal--and an ingenious escape to the West. Nina has kept her secrets for half a lifetime. But now Drew Brooks, an inquisitive associate at a Boston auction house, and Grigori Solodin, a professor who believes Nina's jewels hold the key to unlocking his past, begin to unravel her story--setting in motion a series of revelations that will have life-altering consequences for them all. Show Less


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Published: Random House Trade - March 8th, 2011

April 2011 Selection: The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor, the Japanese Empire's single port and sole window onto the world, designed to keep the West at bay. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, and costly courtesans comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancee back in Holland. But Jacob's original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured midwife to the city's powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken--the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob's worst imaginings.


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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 8th, 2011

March 2011 Selection: No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all."

After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in "Women Food and God." She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.

A timeless and seminal work, "Women Food and God "shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul--to the bright center of your own life.


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ISBN: 9780385340120
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Published: Bantam Books - February 26th, 2008

February 2011 Selection: Joining Silicon Valley Reads...Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, Richmond delivers the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a childs disappearance, and of one womans unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love--all made startlingly fresh through the authors extraordinary insight.


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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 12th, 2010

January 2011 Selection: Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer, and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never lost touch with each other, or with their former teacher, Libor Sevcik.

Dining together one night at Sevcik's apartment—the two Jewish widowers and the unmarried Gentile, Treslove—the men share a sweetly painful evening, reminiscing on a time before they had loved and lost, before they had prized anything greatly enough to fear the loss of it. But as Treslove makes his way home, he is attacked and mugged outside a violin dealer's window. Treslove is convinced the crime was a misdirected act of anti-Semitism, and in its aftermath, his whole sense of self will ineluctably change.

"The Finkler Question "is a funny, furious, unflinching novel of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and the wisdom and humanity of maturity.