Sunday, October 20, 2013

                          Fall Book Club Picks

Looking for suggestions for your next book club discussion? Or even if your preference is a book club of one, we have some recommendations for you…

 In The Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctors Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed

The startling memoir of a young British Muslim doctor who accepts a new job practicing in pre-September 11th Saudi Arabia. It’s a position she hopes to find rewarding and exciting. What she finds upon her arrival are insanely archaic rules for the citizens to follow; but a people still filled with humor and love. The wide spread anti -Americanism after 9/11 shocks and troubles her after becoming attached to some of the country folk.

“Ahmed still beautifully asserts her arguments and confronts the anti-Semitism, the sexism, and anti-western attitudes she experienced…In The Land of Invisible Women gave me a lot to think about..”- Adventures in Reading

“Well written and fascinating”-Bookopolis

“…a must read for everyone..”-Blog Critics

A Friend Like Henry by Naula Gardner

This international best seller is a warm, emotionally powerful true story of a young boy with autism and how his relationship with his dog helped him overcome this exceedingly common disability. The story chronicles the daily life of this boy and his family as they try to outsmart autism before it pulls the family apart.

“...fascinating and inspiring..”- Woman and Home

“An emotional rollercoaster”-Book Review

“....emotionally charged, this story raises powerful issues in a deeply personal and powerful manner”-Irish Examiner

 Brief, Gaudy Hour : A Novel of  Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England in the 16th century, but her name is one that we still know today. This depiction of her by well -known British Author Margaret Campbell Barnes brings to life the courage of this powerful young woman living in a man’s world.

“Barnes lucidly envisions the well-documented events of Henry VIII’s second wife’s brilliant, short- lived career…vividly depicts Anne’s hopes and fears”-Publishers Weekly

 Churchills’ Hour: A Novel of Defiance by Michael Dobbs

Now a full time writer, author Michael Dobbs was previously a prominent British politician. He was an advisor to Margaret Thatcher and deputy chairman of the Conservative party in 1994. Dobbs brings us Churchill  at his most desperate time from an English political insider’s point of view.

“..riveting and controversial…Dobbs has the gift of taking you inside the subjects head”- Glasgow Evening Times

“..a gripping read”-Choice Magazine

Mr. Darcy’s Diary: A Novel by Amanda Grange

A delicious continuation of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice”. Grange lets readers into the innermost thoughts of the seemingly stuffy Mr. Darcy . At times it feels as if you can hear his voice.  Anyone who has read the Jane Austen novel will be glued to this inspired and well researched “sequel”.

“Absolutely fascinating”- Historical Novel Society

“ Sensitive to the original but lots of fun”- Woman Magazine