The Orphan’s Tale

The Book: The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff The Blurb: A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival. The Babble: I was assigned Pam Jenoff’s fictional The Orphan’s Tale by one of the local library book-clubs….

Luckiest Girl Alive

The Book: Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll The Blurb: As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so…

The Plague of Doves

The Book: The Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich The Blurb: The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation. Part Ojibwe, part white, Evelina Harp is…

The Stories of John Cheever

The Book: The Stories of John Cheever, by … John Cheever The Blurb: Here are sixty-one stories that chronicle the lives of what has been called “the greatest generation.: From the early wonder and disillusionment of city life in “The Enormous Radio” to the surprising discoveries and common mysteries of suburbia in “The Housebreaker of…

My Sister’s Grave

The Book: My Sisters Grave, by Robert Dugoni The Blurb: Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the…

A Reunion of Ghosts

The Book: A Reunion of Ghosts, by Judith Claire Mitchell The Blurb: In the waning days of 1999, the Alter sisters—Lady, Vee, and Delph—finalize their plans to end their lives. Their reasons are not theirs alone; they are the last in a long line of Alters who have killed themselves, beginning with their great-grandmother, the…

The Buffalo Soldier

The Book: The Buffalo Soldier, by Chris Bohjalian The Blurb: Two years after their twin daughters died in a flash flood, Terry and Laura Sheldon, a Vermont state trooper and his wife, take in a foster child. His name is Alfred; he is ten years old and African American. And he has passed through so…

Orphan Train

The Book: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline The Blurb: Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only…

The Year of Fog

The Book: The Year of Fog, by Michelle Richmond The Blurb: Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason—photographer, fiancée soon-to-be-stepmother—looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for…

The Spellman Files

The Book: The Spellman Files, by Lisa Lutz The Blurb: Meet Isabel “Izzy” Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors — but the upshot is she’s…

Bless Me Ultima

The Book: Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya The Blurb: Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. ‘We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,’ says Antonio’s mother. ‘It is not the way of our people,’ agrees his…

Five Days at Memorial

The Book: Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink The Blurb: After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths….