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|BOOK GROUP BUZZ||April 2012|
|Dear Friends, |
The Spring line-up of paperbacks are coming in everyday. Here are some of the highlights.
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Always, Margot, Nicole, Carolyn, Marina, Marisela, and Liane
|The Family Fang
Carolyn's Staff Pick, The Family Fang is a literary and fun debut novel about an artistic dysfunctional family. Performance artist parents and their long suffering adult children who have just returned home. Creative art, destructive behavior, baby boomer parents and GenX kids - what's more to say? Paperback and Ebook.
One of Nicole's Nordic thriller picks, Jo Nesbo broke out with The Snowman last year and now it's in paperback. It's smart, meticulously plotted, lots of socially significant heft and a detective that will become your new hero. Just in time for some Spring escapist reading. Paperback and Ebook.
A profound and beautiful examination of the nature of creativity and art. Poet Molly Peacock has written a charming biography of Mary Delany, who at 72, after the death of her second husband in 1772, took up scissors and created a new art form - collage. Paperback.
One of our favorites last summer, Caleb's Crossing is Geraldine Brooks' passionate and magical novel set in 1660s Martha's Vineyard. Ayoung woman from the small band of pioneering Puritans and the son of the Native American Chief forge a secret bond.
History, government, politics and conspiracy theories. "A compelling narrative of 50 years of covert operations by the CIA, the U.S. military, and the mysterious "Atomic Energy Commission".... Her meticulous research makes for a fascinating read, as it intersperses the accounts of secret government projects with anecdotes from the people who made those projects happen." -Slate Paperback and Ebook
| What are Book Groups around Town Reading?|
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman
Honolulu, Alan Brennert
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski
Half-Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
My Own Country, Abraham Verghese
When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka
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|The Art of Fielding|
One of Margot's favorite novels just out in paperback. Yes, it's about baseball, it's coming-of-age, and it's many layered novel about love. "Spectacular! The Art of Fielding
is a wise, warm-hearted, self-assured, and fiercely readable debut, which heralds the coming of a young American writer to watch....You won't want this book to end." -Jonathan Evison Paperback
Daniel H. Wilson
Here's a new sci-fi thriller that's a great crossover (to those of us who don't necessarily dabble). In the not-to-far distant future, humans try desparately to stand up to a robot uprising. "Richly haunting. . . . Wilson has terrific timing in building a page-turner around the perils of technology's advance into our lives."
-Los Angeles Times Paperback and Ebook.
For those of you who missed meeting Tayari at her reading last spring, you can now settle down with the wonderful debut. For a book that begins with "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist." You just have to take the journey with her. Paperback and Ebook
|The Dressmaker of Khair Khana|
The incredible true story of Kamila Sidiqi, the unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan.
| It's All About the Bike|
Getting geared up for Bike & Walk Montclair? Penn has ridden his bike every day for his adult life. He writes of his journey to find, and finally build, the perfect bike. The history, culture and science of the bicycle is explored along the way.
In-House Book Groups
All are welcome. 7:00pm
No registration required for the adult book groups If the book appeals to you, and you've read it, come and join us.
Great Writers with Marina Cramer
Beam Me Up Science Fiction with Eileen Duffy
Fri, May 11, Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
Fri, Jun 8, Einstein's Intersection, Samuel Delaney
Salon Espanol with Marisela Santiago Fri, May 18, Del Amor y Otros Demonios, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mental Health Book Club with Joel Wechsler
Tues, May 15, The Memory Palace, Mira Bartok
Middle School Boys with Mary Funari