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Flight of the Sparrow: a novel of early America, by Amy Belding Brown

Recommended by Jean

I thoroughly enjoyed this book which takes place in late 1600s Massachusetts. It is the fictionalized account of what a Puritan woman endured when she was captured by Native American Indians for three months. During this time. she learns about Indian life and values and is surprised at what she learns. When she is returned to her family, Mary has many conflicted emotions concerning religion and slavery which her husband believes in. Eventually, she is bribed by the clergy into writing her story about life with the Indian tribe that captured her.

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

Recommended by Jean

Soon to be an HBO series, this is a modern day story of how the people of a small town cope with the sudden disappearance of their loved ones.  Called the "sudden departure", it was a world wide event with no explanation, leading cults and various groups to form, each with their own take on what happened.  Good summer reading.

 

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Recommended by Jean

Single mom Adele and her teenage son Henry are taken hostage by an escaped convict within their own home on a hot Labor Day weekend.  The story is told from Henry's perspective and memory as a teenager, and then later on from his adult self.  The events that take place that weekend change their lives forever.  Very well written by Joyce Maynard. Recommended.

 

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Nine Inches: Stories by Tom Perrotta

Recommended by Jean

Modern day stories involving primarily suburban families, these stories are really entertaining.  Also the stories are written in such a way that when they end, you are satisfied with the outcome.  This is not easy to do with short stories and this author does is very well.  I look forward to reading more from Tom Perrotta.

 

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After Her by Joyce Maynard

Recommended by Jean

Two sisters whose lives were changed with the events surrounding a serial killer is the basis for this suspenseful novel by Maynard.  Marriage, divorce, and adolescence are also themes in this book.  A good read for mystery fans as well, it kept me guessing until the end!

 

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Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong
by Joyce Carol Oates

Recommended by Jean

This latest from Joyce Carol Oates does not disappoint.  If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, you will love this book.  I finished it in a weekend!

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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

Recommended by Karen

Two families awaken to find that their 7-year-old daughters, Calli and Petra are missing.  Calli suffers from selective mutism and Petra is her voice and best friend.  As the families struggle to find their children, both set of parents begin to question their decisions, lives, and secrets.

 

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Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Recommended by Karen

Cathy is trying to put her life back together.  But her OCD and the impending release of her ex from prison force her to confront her past once and for all.  It's been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book.  Reading about Cathy's OCD made me want to double check that my front door was locked!

 

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Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Recommended by Karen

Eighty-nine year old Isabelle asks her 30-something year old hair dresser Dorrie to drive her from Texas to a funeral in Cincinnati.  Both Dorrie and Isabelle share their stories with us (the readers) over the course of this unlikely road trip.  A story about friendship, love and race in the 1930s South, this book moved me more than expected.

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The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

Recommended by Jean

Turner Syndrome, a condition involving the x chromosome, is the center of this story.  However, there is so much more the author slowly reveals.  Well written and intelligent.  A good summer read!

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