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I came up with 10. I will setup a poll for each so that we can all vote and then the winners can be our 4 books for next year. Does that sound good?
Votar: Unbroken by Hillenbrand 4.48pt rating
Votar: The Help 4.47pt rating
Votar: Cutting for Stone 4.36pt rating
Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.
Votar: The Invisible Bridge 4.27pt rating
Votar: Iron House 4.19pt rating
Votar: Room 4.15pt rating
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.
Votar: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter 4.09pt rating
More than twenty years have passed. Larry lives a solitary, shunned existence, never able to rise above the whispers of suspicion. Silas has become the town constable. And now another girl has disappeared, forcing two men who once called each other "friend" to confront a past they've buried for decades.
Votar: Sarah's Key 4.02pt rating
Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
Votar: Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong 4.02pt rating
“What I know about you, little girl, would break you in two” are the prophetic last words that Linda Hammerick’s grandmother says to her. Growing up in small-town North Carolina in the 1970s and ’80s, Linda already knows that she is profoundly different from everyone else, including the members of her own family. She can “taste” words. In this and in other ways, her body is a mystery to her. Linda’s awkward girlhood is nonetheless enlivened and emboldened by her dancing great-uncle Harper, and Kelly, her letter-writing best friend. Linda makes her way north to college and then to New York City, trying her best to leave her past behind her like “a pair of shoes that no longer fit.” But when a family tragedy compels her to return home, Linda uncovers the startling secrets of her past. Monique Truong’s acclaimed novel questions our assumptions about what it means to be a family and to be a friend, to be foreign and to be familiar, to be connected to and disconnected from our bodies, our histories, ourselves.
Votar: Faithful Place by Tana French 3.96pt rating
Votar: The Count of Monte Cristo 4.48 pt. rating
Votar: Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott 3.93 pt. rating
Votar: Lady of Hay 4.06 pt. rating
I've added a short description on each of the books to give some idea of what the story is about.
Hi billyjean; **waving madly**
HI --BILLIE-JEAN!~~! I have missed your little face. ♥
Years ago, Marina Singh traded the hard decisions and intensity of medical practice for the quieter world of research at a pharmaceutical company, a choice that has haunted her life. Enveloping herself in safety, limiting emotional risk, she shares a quiet intimacy with her widowed older boss. Mr. Fox, and a warm friendship with her colleague Anders Eckman. But Marina's security is shaken when she learns that Anders, sent to the Amazon to check on a field team, is dead - and Mr. Fox wants her to go into the jungle to discover what happened. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the unknown, down into the Amazonian delta, deep into the dense, insect-infested jungle, to find answers from the company's research team. Led by the formidable Dr. Annick Swenson, the scientists are looking into the development of a new drug that could have a profound impact on Western society. But the team has been silent for two years, and Dr. Swenson does not like interlopers inserting themselves into her work, as Marina well knows. The eminent and fiercely uncompromising doctor was once her mentor, the woman she admired, emulated, and feared. To fulfill her mission, Marina must confront the ghosts of her past, as well as unfulfilled dreams and expectations-on a journey that will force her to make painful moral choices and take her to the depths of her own heart of darkness.
Votar: The State of Wonder 4.08 rating
Her first book The House at Riverton has some fluctuations in the ratings but is 3.86.
Here is a description:
A story of love, mystery, and a secret history revealed. Summer 1924. On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999. Grace Bradley, ninety-eight, one-time housemaid at Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and old memories-long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind-begin to sneak back through the cracks. A shocking secret threatens to emerge, something history has forgotten but Grace never could.
Votar: The House at Riverton for Spring 2012?
2nd quarter = Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
3rd quarter = Eight Cousins
4th quarter = Cutting for Stone
Votar: I agree with the list for the remainder of the year
I was just checking my shelves and saw Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim with a rating of 4.21.
Votar: Should we read Enchanted April for 2nd Quarter?
I've seen this one talked about and it has a pretty high rating.
Gillespie & I by Jane Harris Rating 4.13 ★★★★
Votar: Gillespie & I should be our Summer reading Book.
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