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Book Club Choices: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

This fictional biography is an exceptional read about an exceptional person. Beryl Markham, of British descent, spent most of her life in Kenya from 1904 to 1936. Brought there when she was a young girl so her father could establish a ranch and horse breeding operation, she spent her early years among the Kipsigis, a…

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Copy of A PLACE FOR US by Fatima Farheen Mirza

“To be taken hostage by Fatima Farheen Mirza’s heartrending and timely story is a gutting pleasure. It allows her reader to better understand what it means to reconcile one’s love of family and culture with a desire to find one’s own path, and one’s own faith. Ms. Mirza painstakingly details the life of an Indian…

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Book Club Choices: Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

Rachel, age 4, and her brother Sam live with their parents in a tenement in New York. When her mother learns that her husband has gotten a young girl pregnant, she tries to attack him with a kitchen knife. In the violent struggle, the mother is killed and the father, knowing what’s in store for…

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Book Club Choices: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

In this touching and hilarious book we grow up with Eva Thorvald, who is essentially orphaned at 3 months when her father dies and her mother, deciding she doesn’t want to be one, departs for Australia. Her parents, when alive and present, were food enthusiasts. Her father was a noted chef, her mother a sommelier.…

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Booklist Webinar—Crime Fiction for Mystery Month

Booklist’s eighth annual Mystery Month starts with a bang on May 1—prepare your alibi by attending this killer preview of forthcoming mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels for adult readers from sponsors HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, Severn House, and SOHO. Moderator Annie Bostrom, Adult Books Associate Editor, provides getaway maps and legal advice. Booklist webinars…

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Book Club Choices: The Past by Tessa Hadley

When four adult siblings come together at the old family home in Devon, England, for their annual retreat tensions rise immediately. The siblings — Alice, Fran, Harriet, and Rolland — have brought along some additional family members. Oft-married Rolland brings his new wife, the exotic Pilar brings her teenaged daughter Molly, Fran brings her two…

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Book Club Choices: Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

When Char’s husband dies suddenly, she finds herself wondering about the fate of her husband’s daughter, Allie, whom she has raised like her own the past six years and loves dearly. Allie’s biological mother lives across the country and has had little to do with Allie after divorcing her father. Nevertheless, Char has no legal…

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Book Club Choices: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Most people know Truman Capote by his writing—especially In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What many may not know is that Capote was quite the darling of high society during the 1950s and 1960s. A diminutive, gay man, Capote seemed to fit in with the women of New York who were married to wealthy…

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Book Club Choices: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Fifteen years ago, Jason and Daniela made a choice. Daniela, on her way to super stardom in the art world, meets Jason, a world renowned physicist who is working on a project that just might make it possible to travel through space and time. Daniela becomes accidentally pregnant. So . . . do they keep…

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Book Club Choices: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Not just your ordinary dysfunctional family, the Plumb siblings have issues, but not issues so dire the nest egg they are about to inherit can’t fi x – if “the nest” as they call it weren’t already nearly depleted having been spent to bail the eldest sibling, Leo, out of the consequences of a very…

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