Suggestions for Jan/Feb group read!

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Suggestions for Jan/Feb group read!
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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 6:02pm

Did anyone get any great books for Christmas that you'd like to read and discuss?

girl in chair
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Tue, 12-27-2011 - 11:00am

Happy New Year, Bev!

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Wed, 12-28-2011 - 2:20pm

I've seen the movie "The Miracle of St Anna" by Spike Lee and enjoyed it a lot. So I'd be interested in reading the book that I assume came first.

Julia

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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 11:44am

Yes, Julia, the book did come first.

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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 2:07pm

Bev, I kind of wish I had a Nook now. My husband's sister ALWAYS gives us Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas. I can't use those to download Kindle books! And my husband never buys books -- he just borrows them from the library.

girl in chair
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Tue, 01-03-2012 - 9:17pm

Everyone may have read this one but it's one of my challenge reads for the year. It's been sitting on the shelf for too long.

Kathie

The Birth House

by Ami Mckay

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.'s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine

 Kathie

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Wed, 01-04-2012 - 11:24am

I haven't read it, Kathie.

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Wed, 01-04-2012 - 1:56pm

Okay, let's set a deadline for this Sunday, Jan. 8, for additional suggestions. Then I'll set up another poll. :-)

girl in chair
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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 5:20pm

I've already submitted a title, Bev, but I just finished Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo.

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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 5:16pm

Here are a couple more that have been sitting for too long.

The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie

by Alan Bradley

A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family.

The summer of 1950 hasn't offered up anything out of the ordinary for eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce: bicycle explorations around the village, keeping tabs on her neighbours, relentless battles with her older sisters, Ophelia and Daphne, and brewing up poisonous concoctions while plotting revenge in their home's abandoned Victorian chemistry lab, which Flavia has claimed for her own.

But then a series of mysterious events gets Flavia's attention: A dead bird is found on the doormat, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. A mysterious late-night visitor argues with her aloof father, Colonel de Luce, behind closed doors. And in the early morning Flavia finds a red-headed stranger lying in the cucumber patch and watches him take his dying breath. For Flavia, the summer begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw: "I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn't. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life."


The Promise of Rain

by Donna Milner

Ethie Coulter was born after her father Howard returned from the war in 1945. She never knew him as he was before, never knew that he had been an open, loving man and a devoted husband. When his wife dies in bizarre circumstances, Howard must take on the burden of looking after eleven-year-old Ethie and her two older brothers. Why, Ethie wonders, is he so silent and withdrawn? Howard Coulter was one of two thousand Canadian soldiers sent to the Far East a month before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Surviving the fierce battle for Hong Kong, he became a POW, moving from camp to notorious camp, watching his friends die of disease, starvation and worse. Yet Howard carries more than the physical and mental scars inflicted by his captors. Something happened in Hong Kong, a secret that he has carried for nearly two decades. Ethie, inquisitive and fearless, will be the one to work her way towards the truth and help her father come to terms with the past.


 Kathie