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UPCOMING BOOK SELECTIONS
 
August:
Our next book will be the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
 
Both the library and Powells seem to have a good supply so you shouldn't have any difficulty finding it. It is a long one so I recommend finding a copy soon and getting right on it. (Hint:  check the large print shelf at the library if you don't find it right away.)
Happy reading
 
July: 

Our book for discussion at our July meeting will be:

One Summer America 1927 

by Bill Bryson
 

ISBN13: 9780767919418 
ISBN10: 0767919416 


Powells Staff Pick

Trust Bill Bryson to make the summer of 1927 as immediate and thrilling to the reader as it was to the Americans who lived through it. Written with Bryson's characteristic combination of wit, irony, and genuine fondness for his subject matter, One Summer is a joyful read by a master of narrative nonfiction.  Recommended By Rhianna W., Powells.com

Publisher Comments

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days—a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.

     All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.

Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice 
Bill son’s bestselling books include A Walk in the WoodsI’m a Stranger Here MyselfIn a Sunburned CountryA Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and At Home. He lives in England with his wife.
BOOKS FOR MA"Y:  Today I received the five copies I ordered of Living as A Covenant Community by Evy McDonald.  If you wpuld like me to deliver one to your home please let me know. Otherwise I will have them with me at church on Sunday. I'll put them in my car in the morning in case I see you before then. The cost is $11, I hope we'll be able to share the books so everyone has a chance to read one before the meeting on May 9th.
Amazon has this title in Kindle format for $7 something. I don't read Kindle books of I can help it so I didn't pay close attention as I was researching sources. No library source.
Jeri Silfies
 
Good Valentines Day meeting tonight. We had a good book discussion, shared stories, prayed and ate yummy snacks. We even planned our reading for the next three months. We will be reading Zealot by Reza Aslan next, Small, Great Thinga by Jodi Picoult for discussion in April, and Living as a Covenant Community for May. I am looking forward to hearing what you think of our choices.
Happy reading!
Peace,
Jeri
September. -  Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain.  Washington County Library system (WCCL) has several copies of this one and it is available locally at Powells.

 

 

 

October. -  In from the Wilderness.by David Weekley.  WCCL has one copy and I have four circulating among group members.

 

 

November. -  The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. WCCL has several copies as does PowelA


UGUST BOOK SELECTIO"N

Older is a journey. Old is a destination." according to J. Ellsworth Kalas, author of our August book for Sophia Circle, I Love Growing Older but I'll Never Grow Old.

This book and s about learning how to "make peace with where you are right now." It is about learning from the past and then moving past it. It's about growing and continuing to grow - personally, spiritually, and in our relationships with God and with others.
I purchased four copies at $8.50 each and have distributed them to various circle members. Please share these copies so that everyone has time to read one. If you would like a copy of your own, they are available at Amazon and Cokesbury. Powell's did not have any copies when I last checked.
Our next meeting date is Tuesday, August 9th.
 

Tuesday 7PM

The Home of Donna Detrick

This women's reading group selects a book which is read ahead and discussed.  Fellowship and prayer are also part of the program.

Next Meeting: January 13, 2015

Our December book will be:

UULY 2016
For our meeting on July 12 we are reading Girl Waits With Gun By Amy Stewart. It is rolicking good fun that will keep you engaged from beginning to end. Thank you, Pat Eagle, for finding this good summer reading choice.
peace, 
Jeri

Here is what the publisher has to say about it:

Girl Waits with Gun

by Amy Stewart
Girl Waits with Gun
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ISBN13: 9780544409910 
ISBN10: 0544409914 

Powells Staff Pick

I was excited to read a story about one of America's first females in law enforcement, and I was expecting more of a tale, or collection of tales, from her career as a sheriff. Instead, the story follows Constance Kopp, and her sisters, through the harrowing events that led her to that vocation. Girl Waits with Gun is not what I was expecting, but it was fantastic! Recommended By Janelle M., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs. 
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

May 10, 2016
The Book of Unknown Americans
         By  Cristina Henríquez
Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.
When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It’s also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel’s core.
Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.
Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality.
Recommended by: Pat Eagle

June 12, 2016
An Invisible Thread
When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner one rainy afternoon, something made her stop and turn back. She took the boy to lunch at the McDonald's across the street that day. And she continued to go back, again and again for the next four years until both of their lives had changed dramatically. Nearly thirty years later, that young boy Maurice has gotten married and has his own children. Now he works to change the lives of disadvantaged kids, just like the boy he used to be.
An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.
 
Recommended by: Linda Smith

Note: Dates may be changed due to scheduling conflicts.



Book forApril, 2016

Across Many Mountains A Tibetan Familys Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom

by Yangzom Brauen
Across Many Mountains A Tibetan Familys Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom
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ISBN13: 9781250012036 
ISBN10: 1250012031 


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments

A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Maos Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom

Kunsang thought she would never leave Tibet. One of the country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a remote mountain village where, as a teenager, she entered the local nunnery. Though simple, Kunsang's life gave her all she needed: a oneness with nature and a sense of the spiritual in all things. She married a monk, had two children, and lived in peace and prayer. But not for long. There was a saying in Tibet: "When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth." The Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 changed everything. When soldiers arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying everything in their path, Kunsang and her family fled across the Himalayas only to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She lost both her husband and her youngest child on that journey, but the future held an extraordinary turn of events that would forever change her life--the arrival in the refugee camps of a cultured young Swiss man long fascinated with Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall instantly in love with Kunsang's young daughter, Sonam, eventually winning her heart and hand, and taking mother and daughter with him to Switzerland, where Yangzom will be born. 

Many stories lie hidden until the right person arrives to tell them. In rescuing the story of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mother, Yangzom Brauen has given us a book full of love, courage, and triumph,as well as allowing us a rare and vivid glimpse of life in rural Tibet before the arrival of the Chinese. Most importantly, though, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testament to three strong, determined women who are linked by an unbreakable family bond.  

Born in 1980 to a Swiss father and Tibetan mother,YANGZOM BRAUEN is an actress, model, and political activist. She lives in both Los Angeles and Berlin and has appeared in a number of German and American films. She is also very active in the Free Tibet movement, making regular radio broadcasts about Tibet and organizing public demonstrations against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. back to top
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Keeping Faith
 
Publisher Comments
When the marriage of Mariah White and her cheating husband, Colin, turns ugly and disintegrates, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, is there to witness it all. In the aftermath of a rapid divorce, Mariah falls into a deep depression—and suddenly Faith, a child with no religious background whatsoever, hears divine voices, starts reciting biblical passages, and develops stigmata. And when the miraculous healings begin, mother and daughter are thrust into the volatile center of controversy and into the heat of a custody battle—trapped in a mad media circus that threatens what little stability the family has left.

It is more uplifting than it sounds!

Soph

 


 


 



 














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