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Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, and start at PM. You can view past board meeting minutes here. Click to share on Facebook Opens in[ Musical Munchkins pm. Ages with caregiver. Explore the joys of music with your child. Franklin and Bear help Skunk get ready for hockey season. Beaver becomes too bossy during a production of a Little Red Riding Hood puppet play. Franklin discovers how slow he actually is when he gets his hands on a stopwatch. Franklin's friends don't believe him when he explains that a different kid wreaks havoc on his fun.

Franklin and Rabbit get too much into playing practical jokes being played on their friends.

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Franklin tries to hide Sam while on a camping trip with his friends. Franklin and Bear try to hide a secret berry patch all to themselves. Franklin feels challenged by the affections of another kid Granny is babysitting. Franklin gets an extra copy of a rare trading card and has to decide whether to give it to Beaver or Fox. Franklin and Fox try to build a robot. When their friends mock their simple made one that doesn't actually do anything, they each take turns wearing the robot suit and a forced to do the chores the other kids think they are ordering it to do.

Franklin tries to find out where the ball went during a game of baseball played by Beaver, Fox and Raccoon. All the clues point to it falling in the river, but Bear points out that it knocked down a branch as it got stuck in a tree. Franklin's friends think that he is fearless going down Thrill Hill, the steepest hill in all of Woodland. Bear feels unlucky, so Franklin gives him a fake four-leaf clover to try and boost his luck. Franklin and Bear accuse two crabs of stealing their seashells. Snail wants to learn how to fly, but everyone else thinks it's ridiculous and dangerous, except for Franklin.

Franklin and Bear want to play in the park, but Bear's younger sister keeps calling out to them. Franklin keeps retiring until, which makes Bear jealous, but they realize the she was actually calling out to Franklin because Bear was too busy. Bear, Franklin and his family prepare to go out for a camping trip. While packing up, Mr. Turtle accidentally drops a frying pan and it lands on his foot which gives him serious injuries, forcing him to stay out of the vacation.

Turtle takes care of the rest of the work, which has some differences than what Mr. Turtle does. Franklin tries to teach Harriet so she will be ready for kindergarten. Nothing seems to work, until his family discover that it was playing with Harriet before that actually taught her to hammer her own unsturdy chair. Franklin fears he's allergic to his best friend, Bear and they attempt to avoid each other until they find out it was Bear's new bubble bath. Franklin gets sick of reading Harriet's favorite book, The Happy Green Frog , so he decides to hide it inside a newspaper until her naptime.

However, the book ends up missing after the newspaper ends up in the garbage with the book inside of it. Franklin and Bear search for another copy to replace the one Franklin lost. When he does, he finds out the pages are half missing, but is able to recall the story from memory. Franklin gets along really well with Beaver's cousin, Betty, but when the other kids start referring to them as a couple, he tries to avoid seeing her until he finds out that she changed her plans to spend time with him. He apologizes and they go back to playing.

Franklin and Bear grow a huge pumpkin for a contest, but when it breaks, Mrs. Muskrat helps them turn it into a pie, which is just as successful. Harriet is playing Franklin's clarinet, which he needs to start a band with Bear and Beaver. He trades it for his drum, but when he finds out the clarinet is too messy, he tries getting the drum back. Nobody likes Bear's strict rules as bus monitor, thinking that Franklin would be much better.

But when Franklin's easy going attitude gets them all in trouble with the bus driver, they realize. Franklin and his friends find it hard to play with Wolvie who plays rough, due to always having to match his older brothers. When Wolvie finds out, he plays more friendlier even with his little sister Harriet. While camping, Franklin and his friends decide to stay up all night to watch the sunrise, but Bear and Snail give up, while Franklin and Rabbit struggle right up until sunrise when they fall asleep and Bear and Snail wake up.

Franklin gets an early allowance in exchange for helping his dad with gardening, but he keeps putting it off to play with his new toy. Turtle ends up doing it because it can't be held off any longer. Franklin makes up for it by doing the dishes, while he plays with his sister, instead. Mole arranges for a friendly match between Franklin and his friends and a professional polar bear team. The kids start fretting the worst, until they just decide to do their best and have fun. When they get there, the polar bears mix it up by taking some kids and going onto Franklin's team to make it fair.

Franklin and Bear try to read as many books as possible to receive special t-shirts from the library, but when they realize they haven't learnt anything, while their friends took their time, they go back and start over.


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Franklin overextends himself when he tries to attend Bear's ball game and Beaver's art show at the same time. Franklin and Bear are big fans of professional hockey player Coyote voiced by Elijah Wood , but when they meet him, he tells them that his idol is Mrs. Muskrat, who was always there to support him and others when he was younger. After Franklin and Bear's hockey game, they announce Mrs. Muskrat as run of its stars. Franklin and his friends build a big spaceship for a parade, but it is too heavy to move. But Mr. Fox helps them to arrive to the parade in time.

Franklin learns from Skunk that she and her family are moving, but misunderstands along with Bear, Beaver and Goose, and they think she's moving out of Woodland. In the end, it turns out that Skunk is moving just around the corner and still going to be in Woodland. Franklin and Bear try a hour challenge of Gee Whiz magazine to get their pictures in the next release. Franklin is bored when he has to wait 2 hours before a circus show starts. Franklin tries to celebrate his own holiday. Franklin plays golf with his dad, but is afraid to tell him he would rather go play soccer with his friends.

Franklin, Mr. Turtle and Bear go for a canoe trip, but soon they realize it takes more work than they initially thought.

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Franklin has a hard time to find someone special to make an interview with. Franklin and Beaver find a quartz crystal in the pond, but have trouble sharing it. Snail cracks his shell during a soccer game. Franklin and Bear can't resist cookies they had baked, so Bear gets his hand stuck inside a jar where Mrs. Bear hid the cookies. Franklin refuses to eat spinach because he thinks he will not like it. Franklin and Bear's idea for skateboarding doesn't go as well as they wanted.

Franklin brings Goldie to his family picnic. After Harriet accidentally knocks Goldie into the pond, Franklin has trouble forgiving her. Franklin gets nervous jitters after winning a contest to meet his favorite hockey star. Franklin becomes overly protective of Harriet after she gets an injury.

Franklin joins the Woodland Trailblazer troop, finding that there is much more to it than simply earning badges. Franklin trades away his new telescope before realising its potential. He tries to get it back and ends up striking a bargain. Franklin, Bear, Beaver, Rabbit, Fox, and Skunk are having a swimming party on their last day of school. Unfortunately, Skunk doesn't know how to swim, and things only get worse for Franklin, but he accidentally reveals the secret. Soon Franklin gets itchy turtle foot due to spending too much time in a pool, and Skunk sees him but does not reveal the secret.

Franklin is embarrassed after he scores a soccer goal for the opposing team. Franklin is an aspiring meteorologist after spending time with Mr. Franklin initially tries to get out of dance lessons before learning it can be fun. Franklin takes on Mr. After his handicapped wife dies and he is forced to retire from his job, Ove decides he's ready to leave the world behind. But every time he tries to off himself, he's interrupted-first by his new neighbor, the pregnant Parvaneh; then by Parvaneh's clumsy husband, Patrick; Anita, the wife of Ove's former best friend; Jimmy, Ove's overweight neighbor; Adrian, the neighborhood mailman; and finally a mangy feline Ove calls Cat Annoyance.

Ove continuously pushes his demise from one day to the next, and, as time passes, these characters slowly weave themselves into his life, offering Ove a chance at rebirth. The debut novel from journalist Backman is a fuzzy crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love.

Though Ove's antics occasionally feel repetitive, the author writes with winning charm. In Moyes's The Last Letter from Your Lover disarmingly moving love story, Louisa Clark leads a routine existence: at 26, she's dully content with her job at the cafe in her small English town and with Patrick, her boyfriend of six years. But when the cafe closes, a job caring for a recently paralyzed man offers Lou better pay and, despite her lack of experience, she's hired.

Lou's charge, Will Traynor, suffered a spinal cord injury when hit by a motorcycle and his raw frustration with quadriplegia makes the job almost unbearable for Lou. Will is quick-witted and sardonic, a powerhouse of a man in his former life motorcycles; sky diving; important career in global business.

While the two engage in occasional banter, Lou at first stays on only for the sake of her family, who desperately needs the money. But when she discovers that Will intends to end his own life, Lou makes it her mission to persuade him that life is still worth living. In the process of planning adventures like trips to the horse track-some of which illuminate Lou's own minor failings-Lou begins to understand the extent of Will's isolation; meanwhile, Will introduces Lou to ideas outside of her small existence.

The end result is a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling. Agent: Sheila Crowley, Curtis Brown. This richly imagined novel, set in Hawaii more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and placeand a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her.

Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to endbut instead she discovers it is only just beginning. With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death.

Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel's story mostlyfiction. Like the museum of its title, Hoffman's The Dovekeepers latest novel is a collection of curiosities, each fascinating in its own right, but haphazardly connected as a whole. New York City in is caught between its future and its past: the last woods are threatened by sidewalks; sweatshops and child labor abuses give rise to a cruel division between rich and poor.

Coralie Sardie's father runs Coney Island's Museum of Extraordinary Things, a sideshow exhibit of pickled and preserved wonders, as well as living freaks; Coralie's own webbed hands lead her father to train her as a swimmer, billing her as the Human Mermaid. But Professor Sardie's museum is threatened by the city's changing tastes, and he becomes increasingly sinister in his control of Coralie and his plans for the museum's future.

In a parallel, hopscotching storyline, Eddie Cohen, a Russian Orthodox Jewish immigrant, abandons his father and his community and becomes a photographer, finding his purpose in the aftermath of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the search for one of its victims.

Though both stories have Hoffman's trademark magical realism and hold great potential, their connection is tenuous-literally and thematically-and their complexities leave them incompletely explored. If you want people to listen to you, iconic women's rights activist Steinem underscores in this powerfully personal yet universally appealing memoir, you have to listen to them.

And that's exactly what she's done for the past four decades, crisscrossing the country in search of inspiring women and women-and men-to inspire. Steinemn, a staunch advocate for reproductive rights and equal rights for women, long before either was fashionable in the public eye, writes candidly for the first time about her itinerant childhood spent with a father who itched to be constantly in motion and mother who gave up her own happiness for the sake of others. Vowing to distance herself from both her mother's dependent lifestyle and her father's peripatetic ways, Steinem ended up doing exactly what she never imagined: being a public speaker who's constantly on the move.

Highlights include her role in the National Women's Conference-It was my first glimpse of how little I knew-and how much I wanted to learn-and her accounts of conversations with taxi drivers across the country. Throughout her travels, whether visiting small college campuses in the South or attending a Harvard Law School dinner where her equality speech was met with animosity, Steinem strives to create positive, meaningful change. Her inviting prose as easy and enjoyable to read, even when the subject matter veers towards the painful. A fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young circus magicians who have been trained since childhood for this purpose.

This is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. France, - In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything.

Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime. Harris Fatherland provides easily the best fictional treatment of the Dreyfus Affair yet, in this gripping thriller told from the vantage point of French army officer Georges Picquart. Major Picquart is present on the day in that Alfred Dreyfus is publicly degraded as a traitor to his country, before his exile to Devil's Island.

Soon afterward, Picquart is promoted to colonel, to assume command of the Statistical Section, which is actually the army's espionage unit. Picquart comes across evidence of another traitor spying for the Germans, and his investigation uncovers something unsettling: the handwriting of the spy, Walsin Esterhazy, is a perfect match for the writing on the letters that the French government claimed were from Dreyfus.

Furthermore, review of the classified evidence against the exile reveals nothing of substance. Picquart pursues the truth, at personal and professional risk, in the face of superiors eager to preserve the official version of events. Harris perfectly captures the rampant anti-Semitism that led to Dreyfus's scapegoating, and effectively uses the present tense to lend intimacy to the narrative. First printing of , Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. The implacable hand of fate, and the efforts of a quiet, reclusive man to reclaim two young sisters from their harrowing past, are the major forces at play in this immensely affecting first novel.

In a verdant valley in the Pacific Northwest during the early years of the 20th century, middle-aged Talmadge tends his orchards of plum, apricot, and apples, content with his solitary life and the seasonal changes of the landscape he loves. Two barely pubescent sisters, Jane and Della, both pregnant by an opium-addicted, violent brothel owner from whom they have escaped, touch Talmadge's otherwise stoic heart, and he shelters and protects them until the arrival of the girls' pursuers precipitates tragic consequences. Talmadge is left with one of the sisters, the baby daughter of the other, and an ardent wish to bring harmony to the lives entrusted to his care.

Coplin relates the story with appropriate restraint, given Talmadge's reserved personality, and yet manages to evoke a world where the effects of two dramatic losses play out within a strikingly beautiful natural landscape. In contrast to the brothel owner, Michaelson, the other characters in Talmadge's community-an insightful, pragmatic midwife; a sensitive Nez Perce horse trader; a kindly judge-conduct their lives with dignity and wisdom.

When Della fails to transcend the psychological trauma she's endured, and becomes determined to wreak revenge on Michaelson, Talmadge turns unlikely hero, ready to sacrifice his freedom to save her. But no miracles occur, as Coplin refuses to sentimentalize. Instead, she demonstrates that courage and compassion can transform unremarkable lives and redeem damaged souls. In the end, three graves [lie] side by side, yet this eloquent, moving novel concludes on a note of affirmation. Kline's absorbing new novel after Bird in the Hand is a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home.

Seventeen-year-old Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer has spent most of her life in foster care. When she's caught stealing a copy of Jane Eyre from the library, in an effort to keep the peace with her stressed foster parents, she ends up cleaning out elderly Vivian Daly's attic. Molly learns that Vivian was herself an orphan, an Irish immigrant in New York who was put on the Orphan Train in the late s and tossed from home to home in Minnesota.

The growing connection leads Molly to dig deeper into Vivian's life, which allows Molly to discover her own potential and helps Vivian rediscover someone she believed had been lost to her forever. Chapters alternate between Vivian's struggle to find a safe home, both physically and emotionally, in early 20th-century Minnesota, and Molly's similar struggle in modern-day Maine. Kline lets us live the characters' experiences vividly through their skin, and even the use of present tense, which could distract, feels suited to this tale.

The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale. Lee's Free Food for Millionaires latest novel is a sprawling and immersive historical work that tells the tale of one Korean family's search for belonging, exploring questions of history, legacy, and identity across four generations. In the Japanese-occupied Korea of the s, young Sunja accidentally becomes pregnant, and a kind, tubercular pastor offers to marry her and act as the child's father.

Together, they move away from Busan and begin a new life in Japan.

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In Japan, Sunja and her Korean family suffer from seemingly endless discrimination, and yet they are also met with moments of great love and renewal. As Sunja's children come of age, the novel reveals the complexities of family national history. What does it mean to live in someone else's motherland? When is history a burden, and when does history lift a person up? This is a character-driven tale, but Lee also offers detailed histories that ground the story.

Though the novel is long, the story itself is spare, at times brutally so. Sunja's isolation and dislocation become palpable in Lee's hands. Reckoning with one determined, wounded family's place in history, Lee's novel is an exquisite meditation on the generational nature of truly forging a home. A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering s--as a wife and as one's own woman. Chicago, Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled Lost Generation--that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F.

Scott Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging.

Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage--a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they've fought so hard for. A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy.

Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy. Rendell delivers a captivating and intricate tale that weaves together the troubled lives of several people in the gentrified neighborhood of one of London's most intriguing neighborhoods, Notting Hill--and the dangers beneath its newly posh veneer.

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The New York Times bestseller- A beautifully written, thought-provoking novel. In , Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows more about the townspeople than she will ever say, and believes her job is to deliver secrets. Yet one day she does the unthinkable: slips a letter into her pocket, reads it, and doesn't deliver it. Meanwhile, Frankie Bard broadcasts from overseas with Edward R.

Her dispatches beg listeners to pay heed as the Nazis bomb London nightly. Most of the townspeople of Franklin think the war can't touch them. But both Iris and Frankie know better Through their eyes, and the eyes of everyday people caught in history's tide, it examines how stories are told, and how the fact of war is borne even through everyday life.

Read-out-loud laughter begins by page two in Simsion's debut novel about a year-old genetics professor with Asperger's-but utterly unaware of it-looking to solve his Wife Problem. Don Tillman cannot find love; episodes like the Apricot Ice Cream Disaster prevent so much as a second date with a woman. His devised solution is the Wife Project: dating only those who match his idiosyncratic standards as determined by an exacting questionnaire. His plans take a backseat when he meets Rosie, a bartender who wants him to help her determine her birth father's identity.

His rigidity and myopic worldview prevents him from seeing her as a possible love interest, but he nonetheless agrees to help, even though it involves subterfuge and might jeopardize his position at the university. What follows are his utterly clueless, but more often thoroughly charming exploits in exploring his capacity for romance. Helping Tillman are his only two friends, an older, shamelessly philandering professor, and the professor's long-suffering wife, who may soon draw the line in the sand. Agent: David Forrer, Inkwell Management. Hoffman delights in this prequel to Practical Magic, as three siblings discover both the power and curse of their magic.

Susanna Owens fled her home in Massachusetts and settled in New York, where she marries and, with her husband, raises their three children, Franny, Jet, and Vincent. Susanna has done her best to keep them away from the powers of magic by forbidding such things as wearing black and using Ouija boards. But the children can't deny their special abilities to perform such feats as communicating with animals and reading others' thoughts.

As they continue to grow older in the rapidly changing world of the late s, the children's curiosity about their heritage is rewarded when they are invited to visit their Aunt Isabelle in Massachusetts. There, the children hone their magical skills and discover that an ancestor had cursed them so that disaster would befall anyone who fell in love with them.

The three siblings struggle with the curse, sometimes pushing away their beloveds and at other times succumbing to the allure of love only to see it end tragically. Hoffman's novel is a coming-of-age tale replete with magic and historical references to the early witch trials. The spellbinding story, focusing on the strength of family bonds through joy and sorrow, will appeal to a broad range of readers. Fans of Practical Magic will be bewitched.

Leveen's rich debut is a fictional retelling of the life of Mary El, the tenacious Virginian slave turned spy. Mary was born into bondage, but when her master dies, his daughter Bet, a fierce abolitionist, frees Mary and her family and sends the young woman to school in Philadelphia. There, Mary discovers the pervasiveness of prejudice-even in the North-and begins shuttling slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad, work that tests Mary's courage and ability to function in dangerous situations.

But when her mother dies, Mary must return to Virginia to care for her ailing father. As the Civil War approaches, Mary courts and weds Wilson Bowser, and with the help of Bet, poses as an illiterate slave in the house of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, using her photographic memory to relay crucial information to Union forces. Deftly integrating historical research into this gripping tale of adventure, love, and national conflict, Leveen brings Mary to life and evenhandedly reveals the humanity on both sides of America's deadliest war.

Bestselling author Picoult's latest page-turner is inspired by a Flint, Mich. In Picoult's story, a medical crisis results in an infant's death and a murder charge against a black nurse named Ruth Jefferson. The story unfolds from three viewpoints: Ruth's, the infant's father-a skinhead named Turk-and Ruth's public defender, Kennedy McQuarrie, a white professional woman questioning her own views about racism. The author's comprehensive research brings veracity to Ruth's story as a professional black woman trying to fit into white society, to Turk's inducement into the white-power movement, and to Kennedy's soul-searching about what it's like to be black in America.

Unfortunately, the author undermines this richly drawn and compelling story with a manipulative final plot twist as well as a Pollyannaish ending. Some may be put off by the moralistic undertone of Picoult's tale, while others will appreciate the inspiration it provides for a much-needed conversation about race and prejudice in America.

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Thoroughly enjoyable but incohesive, Tyler's latest chronicles the Whitshank family through several generations in Baltimore, Md. The narrative initially tackles the mounting tensions among the grown Whitshank siblings as their aging parents, Red and Abby, need looking after. The youngest son, Stem, adopted as a toddler, moves back into the family house to help care for Abby, who has spells of forgetfulness.

This causes resentment in Denny, the family's eldest biological son, who is capricious and has been known to drift in and out of their lives. As matters come to a head in Abby's life and the lives of her children, the story suddenly switches to an in-depth exploration of Red's parents and Red and Abby's courtship, delving into Whitshank family lore. The interlude proves jarring for the reader, who at this point has invested plenty of interest in the siblings. Despite this, Tyler does tie these sections together, showing once again that she's a gifted and engrossing storyteller.

Announced first printing of , copies. The only thing that's storied in the life of A. Fikry, a curmudgeonly independent bookseller, in this funny, sad novel from Zevin The Hole We're In , is his obvious love of literature-particularly short stories. It's a persnickety little bookstore, in the words of Amelia Loman, the new sales rep for Knightley Press. Her first meeting with Fikry does not go well. He's disgruntled by the state of publishing, and bereft because his beloved wife, Nic, recently died in a car accident.

Soon after the meeting, he suffers another loss: a rare first edition of Edgar Allan Poe's poem Tamerlane Fikry's primary retirement asset goes missing. But then Fikry finds an abandoned toddler in his bookstore with a note saying, This is Maya. She is twenty-five months old. Somewhat unbelievably, Maya ends up in his care and, predictably enough, opens the irascible bookseller's heart.

The surprisingly expansive story includes a romance between Fikry and Amelia, and follows Maya to the age of 18 before arriving at a bittersweet denouement. Zevin is a deft writer, clever and witty, and her affection for the book business is obvious. Following the death of her father, who raised her to be intelligent and worldly, writer Beatrice Nash looks forward to tutoring three boys in Latin before she begins her position at school in the fall. Her advocate is the shrewd Agatha Kent, a discreet progressive who's married to John, a senior official in the military.

The childless couple love their grown nephews, Hugh Grange, who is destined to be a doctor, and Daniel Bookham, a handsome poet who hopes to move to Paris and start his own journal with a friend. As a woman, Beatrice doesn't have much clout, nearly losing her job to nepotism and being dismissed by her favorite author, her relatives, and her dad's publishing house. Simonson does a great job crafting the novel's world. It's a large book, and the plot takes its time to get going, but the story becomes engaging after Germany invades Belgium and Rye takes in refugees.

Simonson's writing is restrained but effective, especially when making quiet revelations.


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  6. A heartbreaking but satisfying ending seems fitting for a story about the social constructs that unfairly limit people and their potential. Flavia, an year-old with a chemistry lab, finds a corpse in a cucumber patch and applies the detective skills she learned plotting against her older sisters. The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident.

    The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.

    Loigman debut novel is an engrossing family saga set in post-war Brooklyn. It focuses on two families that are inextricably linked by blood, marriage, and a long-held secret. Brothers Abe and Mort took over their family box business when their father died, even though Mort had his heart set on studying mathematics.

    The brothers share a two-family house with their children and wives. As the story opens in , wives Rose and Helen are themselves as close as sisters, happily bringing up their children together. Rose and Mort have three young daughters, and Helen and Abe, on the top floor, are bringing up four sons. Then, the two women get pregnant at the same time, deliver their babies together during a horrible blizzard, and make an instant decision to swap the babies that will change all of their lives forever.

    The story follows the brothers, their wives, and the children through decades. Loigman's use of shifting perspectives allows readers to witness first-hand the growing consequences of long-festering secrets and the insidious lies that cover them up. This historical family drama has a dark underbelly, but Loigman's decision to let the reader in on the secret allows the setting and mood of the novel take over as the characters move haltingly toward redemption and peace. Each thing had a value In America the quirk was that people were things.

    So observes Ajarry, taken from Africa as a girl in the midth century to be sold and resold and sold again. She finally arrives at the vicious Georgia plantation where she dies at the book's outset. After a lifetime in brutal, humiliating transit, Ajarry was determined to stay put in Georgia, and so is her granddaughter, Cora.

    That changes when Cora is raped and beaten by the plantation's owner, and she resolves to escape. In powerful, precise prose, at once spellbinding and ferocious, the book follows Cora's incredible journey north, step by step. In Whitehead's rendering, the Underground Railroad of the early 19th century is a literal subterranean tunnel with tracks, trains, and conductors, ferrying runaways into darkness and, occasionally, into light.

    Interspersed throughout the central narrative of Cora's flight are short chapters expanding on some of the lives of those she encounters. These include brief portraits of the slave catcher who hunts her, a doctor who examines her in South Carolina, and her mother, whose escape from the plantation when Cora was a girl has both haunted and galvanized her. Throughout the book, Cora faces unthinkable horrors, and her survival depends entirely on her resilience.

    The story is literature at its finest and history at its most barbaric.

    Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen. Agent: Nicole Aragi, Aragi Inc. When Harold Fry, a morbidly shy, retired British brewery salesman, decides on a whim to walk the distance between his home in southern England and the hospice where his long-lost friend, Queenie Hennessey, is dying of cancer, he has no idea that his act will change his life and inspire hundreds of people.

    The motivation behind the trek and why he is burdened by guilt and the need to atone, are gradually revealed in this initially captivating but finally pedestrian first novel by English writer Joyce. During Harold's arduous trek, which covers miles and 87 days, he uncoils the memory of his destructive rampage for which Queenie took the blame.

    He also acknowledges the unraveling of his marriage and his anguish about the lack of intimacy with his son. Plagued by doubt and exhaustion, he undergoes a dark night of the soul, but in the tradition of classical pilgrimages, he ultimately achieves spiritual affirmation. Joyce writes with precision about the changing landscape as Harold trudges his way across England. Early chapters of the book are beguiling, but a final revelation tests credulity, and the sentimental ending may be an overdose of what the Brits call pudding. The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America-majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes.

    If you're going to take a hike, it's probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you'll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or just foolhardy folks he meets along the way-and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in. Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice's surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym a gym!

    She HATES the gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over -- she's getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she's actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it's possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

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    She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she's become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. In her second novel after This One Is Mine , Semple pieces together a modern-day comic caper full of heart and ingenuity. Eighth-grader Bee is the daughter of Microsoft genius Elgin Branch and Bernadette Fox, a once-famous architect who has become a recluse in her Seattle home. Bee has a simple request: a family cruise to Antarctica as a reward for her good grades. Her parents acquiesce, but not without trepidation.

    Bernadette's social anxiety has become so overwhelming that she's employed a personal assistant from Delhi Virtual Assistants Intl. How will she survive three weeks on a boat with other live human beings? Maybe she won't; a day before the trip, Bernadette disappears, and Bee gathers her mother's invoices, e-mail correspondence, and emergency room bills in the hopes of finding clues as to where she went.

    The result is a compelling composite of a woman's life-and the way she's viewed by the many people who share it. As expected from a writer who has written episodes of Arrested Development, the nuances of mundane interactions are brilliantly captured, and the overarching mystery deepens with each page, until the thoroughly satisfying denouement. Agent: Anna Stein, Aitken Alexander. Female bonding is always good for a good cry, as Hannah True Colors proves in her latest. Pacific Northwest apple country provides a beautiful, chilly setting for this family drama ignited by the death of a loving father whose two daughters have grown apart from each other and from their acid-tongued, Russian-born mother.

    After assuming responsibility for the family business, year-old empty-nester Meredith finds it difficult to carry out her father's dying wish that she take care of her mother; Meredith's troubled marriage, her troubled relationship with her mother and her mother's increasingly troubled mind get in the way. Nina, Meredith's younger sister, takes a break from her globe-trotting photojournalism career to return home to do her share for their mother. How these three women find each other and themselves with the help of vodka and a trip to Alaska competes for emotional attention with the story within a story of WWII Leningrad.

    Readers will find it hard not to laugh a little and cry a little more as mother and daughters reach out to each other just in the nick of time. In Ware's underwhelming sophomore mystery after 's In a Dark, Dark Wood , Laura Lo Blacklock thinks stepping in for her pregnant boss for a week-long jaunt on the new miniature cruise ship Aurora will give her a leg up at Velocity, the magazine where she's toiled for years.

    A break-in at her London flat days before her departure does little more than set up Lo as an easily startled protagonist. Everything on the Aurora is sparkly and decadent, from the chandeliers to the wealthy guests, most of whom are either fellow travel writers or investors brought on by owner Lord Richard Bullmer, but Lo is distracted from the scenery-the ship is headed for a tour of the Norwegian fjords-by her certainty that she heard the unmistakable sound of a body hitting the water from the adjacent cabin. No one, unsurprisingly, believes her, or buys her story of a mysterious woman she saw lurking on the ship hours earlier.