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Oct 04 2011

October Book List, Book Club Selection

It’s hard to believe it’s October already. I hope everyone has been enjoying the Book Club. The new book list has been posted for October and the following are the choices for the new book club book. Please leave your choice in a comment and I will tally them all and post the new book club selection on Friday the 7th of October.

 

 

 

Amanda Wilson can’t decide between murder, insanity and another glass of red wine. Facing 50 and all that it entails is problematic enough. What’s the point in minking your eyes, when your husband would rather watch ‘Russia Today’ than admire you, strutting in front of the television in only thigh boots and a thong? Her son has managed to perform yet another magical disappearing act. Could he actually be buried under the mountain of festering washing which is strewn on his bedroom floor? He’ll certainly be buried somewhere when she next gets her hands on him. At least her mother knows how to enjoy herself. She’s partying her twilight years away in Cyprus. Queen of the Twister mat, she now has a toy boy in tow. She really shouldn’t have pressed that send button. The past always catches up with you sooner or later. Still, her colourful past is a welcome relief to her monochrome present; especially when it comes in the shape of provocative Todd Bradshaw, her first true love. Soon Mandy has a difficult decision to make; one that will require more than a few glasses of Chianti.

“Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.”
But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow’s garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara’s solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal. Chief Inspector Gamache, the head of homicide at the Sûreté du Québec, is called to the tiny Quebec village and there he finds the art world gathered, and with it a world of shading and nuance, a world of shadow and light.  Where nothing is as it seems.  Behind every smile there lurks a sneer. Inside every sweet relationship there hides a broken heart.  And even when facts are slowly exposed, it is no longer clear to Gamache and his team if what they’ve found is the truth, or simply a trick of the light.

While mapping the ancient underwater city of Marinth in the Atlantic Ocean, submersible designer Hannah Bryson makes a shocking discovery: she may have finally uncovered the truth about the once-glorious city’s mysterious demise. Long ago it was a thriving metropolis bursting with culture and life—Marinth’s sudden disappearance has plagued scientists for years. But now, with her unexpected new findings, Hannah realizes that the ancient city’s explosive secret could have dire consequences for the modern-day world.
But Hannah isn’t the only one who realizes it. When her key artifact is hijacked en route to a research lab, she is thrust into an adventure in which she must match wits against a terrifying enemy who will kill anyone who stands in his way. And when Hannah becomes his target, she knows that her best hope for survival lies with Kirov, a mysterious and deadly man from her past. Together they will race to unravel Marinth’s last great secret in order to prevent a catastrophe of global proportions. Before the lethal game is over, however, Hannah will realize that no one is above suspicion.

Alicia Bessette writes with compassion and tenderness to illuminate the many unexpected ways people save each others’ lives every day-often without even knowing it. Poignant, bittersweet, and strikingly honest, Simply from Scratchis a radiant celebration of friendship and the strength of the human spirit.Rose-Ellen (“Zell”) Carmichael Roy wears her late husband Nick’s camouflage apron even when she’s not in the kitchen. That’s her widow style.

It’s been over a year since Nick died tragically during a post-Katrina relief mission in New Orleans. Long enough, according to the grief pamphlets, to have begun to move on with her life. But Zell is still unable to enter her attic, which is full of Nick memories. She hasn’t even turned on her oven because cooking was Nick’s chore. That is, until she decides to enter the first annual Desserts that Warm the Soul baking contest, hoping to donate the grand prize to Katrina survivors in Nick’s memory.

Meanwhile, Zell’s nine-year-old neighbor, Ingrid Knox, is learning to cope with the loneliness of growing up without a mother. With an imagination as big as her heart, Ingrid treasures her doting father but begins to plot how she will meet the woman who abandoned her so many years ago. When an embarrassing baking mishap brings Zell and Ingrid together, they form an unlikely friendship that will alter both of their lives forever. Together, and with the help of a lively and loveable cast of friends and family, Zell and Ingrid embark on winning the Desserts that Warm the Soul contest – and learn that through the many sorrows and joys of life, with a little bit of flour and a pinch of love, anything is possible.

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

As Jessie Patrick Reed’s attorney, I’m writing to you on behalf of your father, Jessie Patrick Reed. I regret to inform you that Mr. Reed is dying. He has expressed a desire to see you . . .Elizabeth, even though sustained by a loving family, has suffered the most from her father’s seeming abandonment and for years has protected herself with a deep-seated anger that she hides from everyone.

Ginger, in love with a married man, will be forced to reevaluate every relationship she’s ever had and will reach stunning conclusions that will change her life forever.

Rachel learns of her father’s existence the same day she finds out that her husband of ten years has had an affair. She will receive the understanding and support she needs to survive from an unlikely and surprising source.

Christine is a young filmmaker, barely out of college, who now must decide if her few precious memories of a man she believed to be long dead are enough to give him a second chance.

Four sisters who never knew the others existed will find strength, love, and answers in the most unexpected places in . . . The Year Everything Changed.

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  1. thisisme

    Gosh, you’ve got some really good choices there for the next book club read my friend!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you I think the choices this month are going to be a challenging. I want them all! Hugs

  2. Ms. A

    I rarely read anything except blogs, but I love Nicholas Sparks!

  3. poppi linn

    Hi Katherine,
    They all look interesting, but I choose “The Best of Me” by Nicholas Sparks.
    -Lynn

    1. Katherines Corner

      You selection has been recorded :-)

  4. annie

    Nice choices Katherine. I think “Trick of the Light” looks very good, but then I like mystery stories.
    and yes, it is hard to believe October is underway and sailing along at a rather fast clip too. It was just August and I never did really get to enjoy summer.
    I will just have to enjoy the heck out of autumn. :)

  5. Lesa

    I vote for Shadow Zone!

  6. Lucy

    Good selections! I wouldn’t mind giving “Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines” a try!

  7. Brandi Wilson

    okay, they all look sooo enticing! I vote for Sparks though! All of his books are awesome!

  8. Laura

    Tough decision, but I’ll say Nicholas Sparks.

  9. Cathey Stott

    I vote for Shadow Zone

  10. Nezzy

    Thanks for the great recommendations sweetie but I have to tell ya, I’m kinda stuck on that candy bar cake below. Sounds just sinful!!!

    God bless ya girl!!! :o)

  11. Chris

    Wow, you’ve done a lot of homework Katherine. I recently purchased Mini Skirts and Laughter lines but the book won’t get to me (Australia) until November. Can you believe that? I’m not in your book club but love your reviews and will be keen to follow your blog to see what you decide. Cheers

  12. doreen

    Simply from Scratch…

  13. Jodi Hall

    great selections. I love nicholas sparks.

  14. Carol

    Katie what delicious choices! They all look so yummy. I’m going to go with The Best of Me. I just can’t wait to indulge!

  15. Andrea

    What a great list of interesting books. I just had to leave a comment to say how wonderful to find a Canadian writer on the list. My husband and I have been following Louise Penny’s Gamache series since her award winning debut novel, Still Life and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. She has a great blog too!

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