Tag Archives: Book Club Friendly

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee BenderTitle:  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Author:  Aimee Bender

Call #:  BEN

The story of a nine year old girl who discovers she can taste the emotions of the people who cooked the food she eats grabbed me right away.  Her secret colors her whole life, especially her relationship with her mother.  The book sometimes has a “fantasy” feel to it, but it’s much more than that.

Recommended by:  Betty

 

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The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Postmistress by Sarah BlakeTitle:  The Postmistress

Author:  Sarah Blake

Call #:  BLA

American radio journalist Frances “Frankie” Bard broadcasts from London during the Blitz. In a small town on Cape Cod, postmistress Iris James listens to Frankie’s broadcasts along with the town mechanic, who searches daily for the German U-boats he expects will soon arrive. The town’s doctor decides to go to London and help, leaving his new wife behind. Their lives intertwine in unexpected ways in this insightful, reflective, beautifully written story that will tear at your heart as well as  make you think.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

Good Thief by Hannah TintiTitle:  The Good Thief

Author:  Hannah Tinti

Call #:  TIN

This is a refreshingly traditional, historical adventure. It is fast paced, the hero is resourceful and lucky (maybe unbelievable so, but go with it) and it has a happy ending. Tinti uses many of Dickens’ own tricks and themes to propel her story along, including a cast of eccentric secondary characters such as a dwarf who lives on the roof, a murderous giant and a hard-of-hearing landlady. The novel is appropriately funny, heart-warming, melodramatic and bittersweet all in the right places.

Recommended by:  Becky

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice by Lisa GenovaTitle:  Still Alice

Author:  Lisa Genova

Call #:  GEN

This book packs a powerful punch. The story of a celebrated Harvard professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, it chronicles her degeneration. It can be pretty scary for people of a certain age, but it’s a great story, nonetheless.

Recommended by:  Betty

Night of the Radishes by Sandra Benitez

Night of the Radishes by Sandra BenitezTitle:  Night of the Radishes

Author:  Sandra Benitez

Call #:  BEN

After her mother’s death, Annie Rush sets out to find her older brother, who left home twenty years before following the tragic deaths of Annie’s twin sister and their father. Her search takes her to Oaxaca, where she meets Joe Cruz, a man grieving his own losses, and their search for Annie’s brother becomes a search for healing and forgiveness as well. Beautifully and tenderly written.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of Thieves by David BenioffTitle:  City of Thieves

Author:  David Benioff

Call #:  BEN

Lev is a young man living in a St. Petersburg under siege by the Nazis. One evening he is caught out after curfew and thrown in jail. In his cell, Lev meets an army deserter and university student named Kolya. The boys are offered a reprieve by the Colonel if they can locate a dozen eggs for his daughter’s wedding cake in less than a week’s time. Forced out into the wild, war ravaged streets and even slipping behind German lines, the two form true friendship, meet many interesting people, and come to understand the beauty and horrors of war.

Recommended by:  Becky

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

Camel Bookmobile by Masha HamiltonTitle:  The Camel Bookmobile

Author:  Masha Hamilton

Call #:  HAM

A New York librarian who needs to do something meaningful with her life travels to Kenya to start a traveling library that will bring literacy and knowledge to the tribes living in the African bush.  Deeply moving and thoughtful, with brave, wise characters with moral integrity.

Recommended by:  Bobbie