August 6, 2013

Three Books For Book Club Choice & New Series



I have chosen three books for the book club to decide which book we read for September. The runner up book will be the October read.  I have gathered some information to help you make your choice. And will do a poll for the next few weeks.

Book Summary 

Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. 

One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. 

How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who's committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? 

And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?

 

BOOK SUMMARY

Alice Munro's peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. 

A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. 

A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out.

While most of these stories take place in Munro's home territory - the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron - the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the book ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories "autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact." 

A girl who can't sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard.

Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.


Book Summary

From New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky—a woman has a secret that may save the life of her best friend's husband—or destroy him Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole's family's island house, but they have since grown apart. 

A successful travel writer, Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, lives in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole returns to the island house in order to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte for both sentimental and practical reasons. 

Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole would like her help interviewing locals for her book. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees. 

But what both women don't know is that they are each holding a secret that may change their relationship forever. Are the bonds of friendship strong enough to weather past indiscretions and betrayals? Can love survive an honest mistake?

Filled with real, gut-wrenching emotion as well as a strong romantic storyline, Sweet Salt Air is a new offering from a beloved storyteller guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.


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I already have a poll up on my sidebar. Please make your choice there. The poll will close on August 20th.

NOTE:

Tomorrow I am starting a new series. It is called "My Cozy Home." We will tour guest blogger's homes and let them tell us about their cozy space. 

Up first will be Daisy Mae Belle.

13 comments:

  1. Books by two of my fav authors. One is a newbie to me. Love the choices.

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  2. I enjoyed visiting Daisy Mae Belle"s home.. I love the new idea that you have.
    Charlotte in Va.

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  3. I voted...but they all would be great to read! Sweet hugs!

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  4. I am super excited about tomorrow! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  5. I've got to cheat and only get time for books on audio. Sweet Salt Air isn't on audio so I voted for Dear Life Stories.
    Love Leanne NZ

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  6. Such great choices it would be hard to pick.

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  7. I never seem to read a book any more. I think I miss it.

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  8. I read the Picoult a couple of months ago, and it is really good. Munro is unparalleled as a short story writer, so I know that will be good. Delinski is always a good read, too, so if you read them all, you will have read three good books.

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  9. I've read the Jodi Picoult, amazing writer, and anytime she publishes a new book I grab it fast. All of the writers you have chosen are stunning to read..

    Jen

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  10. I love Jodi Picoult! Why just this summer I read The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, and Sing Me Home. (I devour books during the summer.) I used to read Barbara Delinsky a lot and I'm not sure why I haven't lately so I'll have to go look for that one too. The cover gets me on the Alice Munro one. Maybe, just maybe I'll have time to squeeze one of these in before school starts. I enjoyed seeing Daisy Mae Belle's home and especially enjoyed the little back stories on each picture. I always love to hear why or how something came to be in a home.

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  11. I mentioned you on my blog this morning...and our book club! Hugs!

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  12. I am so glad you do this. I read more now that I am retired. One of my greatest pastimes. I voted but they all sound good. Thanx again for sharing this with all of us. I put the extra choices on my wish list to read at another time.

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  13. Im a little late on this post. I already read Daisy's post this morning. I picked the first book :)

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