Join us on Saturday, January 9th for a discussion of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  Meetings take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

After four har13158800rowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.  To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.  Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind.  A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately.  But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God,’ and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy.  When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.  Their choice has devastated one of them. (Publisher’s Description)

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It’s the end of the year, which means there are tons and tons of “Best Book” list variations coming out for 2014.  You’ve probably heard of some of the top picks this year like Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, All The Light I Cannot See, Redeployment… but it is hard to keep up when there are literally dozens, if not hundreds of lists.

Luckily, Penguin House Publishers has made it extremely easy to find all the top lists in one place: The Best of the Book Lists.  They’ll be continuously updating it, which makes it even better!

Check out some of 2014’s best today!

 

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Among Others by Jo Walton is this week’s staff pick, and is just fantastic. Read the summary, try the book – we think you’ll agree.

“Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Among Others

Jo Walton

Published: Jan 18, 2011 by Tor Books
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In honor of National Cookie Day this week (Dec. 4), this week’s Staff Pick of the Week is Martha Stewart’s Cookies.  The timing is also perfect for the many upcoming holiday parties and gatherings.

Great pictures, easy to follow delicious recipes, and excellent results and consistently yielded from this chock-ful cookbook.  Nancy Baggett’s Simply Sensational Cookies is another can’t fail cookie cookbook that you should definitely check out.  You can also try one of our many other cookie and dessert cookbooks.  Check out 641.8654 in the stacks.


Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Published: Mar 11, 2008 by Clarkson Potter
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Simply Sensational Cookies

Nancy Baggett

Published: Sep 26, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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This month’s 2nd Saturday Bookclub Title is “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri. Come join us on December 13 from 11 am to 12:30 pm in the Community Room to discuss this fantastic title.

“Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution. A powerful new novel–set in both India and America–that explores the price of idealism and a love that can last long past death.

Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. It is the 1960s, and Udayan–charismatic and impulsive–finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind–including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.

Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland expands the range of one of our most dazzling storytellers, seamlessly interweaving the historical and the personal across generations and geographies. This masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return, is a tour de force and an instant classic.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

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