A Variety of Favorites

by Karen Walch | Feb 19, 2022

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island 
by Colleen Oakley

Piper's life on Frick Island is almost perfect, aside from one pesky detail. Her darling husband, Tom, is dead. When his crab boat capsized and his body wasn't recovered, Piper did a most peculiar thing. She carried on as if her husband was not only alive, but was right by her side during all her activities. What could the townspeople do but go along with her? Then a reporter visits the island and decides he has found his career-making story.

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Sunflower Sisters
by Martha Hall Kelly

Little did Mrs. Woolsey know when she handed a slave her calling card, how valuable that card would become. The book follows the Woolsey family during the Civil War period. Georgianna Woolsey is a nurse at Gettysburg when her path crosses with Jemma, a slave who has been conscripted into the army and who carries her mother's card. Based on a real family. Kelly has written two other books about the Woolsey/Ferriday family: Lilac Girls--about World War II and how the family helps with Polish immigrants. Lost Roses--World War I and the Russian Revolution.

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The Nature of Fragile Things
by Susan Meissner (Author of As Bright as Heaven)

Sophie, a young Irish immigrant, is desperate to get out of the NY tenements and her factory work. She answers an ad to become a mail order bride and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. Martin Hocking is handsome and aloof, and Sophie wonders if she'll ever develop a relationship with him. But she falls in love with "Kat," his 5-year-old daughter. However, something seems wrong with this situation. Then comes the San Francisco earthquake and an awful revelation to further mix up everything.

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Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir (Author of The Martian)

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate last-chance mission, and if he fails, humanity and Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the point of his mission or how to complete it. All he knows is that he has been asleep for a very long time, and he has just awakened with nothing but two corpses for company. Told with great humor and imagination. Suspend disbelief and go along for the ride.

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A Day Like This by
Kelley McNeil

In this debut novel, Annie has everything: a beautiful house, a loving husband, and an adorable daughter, Hannah. Annie takes her daughter to the pediatrician and gets in an accident on the way. When she asks for her daughter upon waking, confused doctors tell her that she was the only person in the car and she has never had a daughter. Her husband confirms this. Nothing in Annie's life is the same as she remembers it.

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The Lincoln Highway  
by Amor Towles (Author of A Gentleman in Moscow)

It's 1954 and Emmett Watson has been in prison for 18 months for accidentally killing a young man. He returns home to a farm that has been repossessed, a father who has recently passed away, and a brother who will be in his care. Emmett and his brother Billy plan to start a new life, by traveling to California. But. . . two of Emmett's fellow inmates hid in the warden's car, rode to Emmett's place, and have plans of their own that include Emmett and a ride to New York. It's all going to happen on the Lincoln Highway.

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The Women's March
by Jennifer Chiaverini (Author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker)

This book follows three suffragettes in 1912-1913. Alice Paul is the organizer of the Women's March to be held the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. Ida B Wells-Barnett was born into slavery and is a civil rights activist and journalist. She doesn't know if she will be able to march in the parade because she is black. Maude Malone, is a librarian who has become famous for interrupting politicians' speeches to ask the how they feel about women's votes. She marches 250 miles to Washington D.C. They all meet together for the march that will become famous.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land
by Anthony Doerr (author of Pulitzer Prize winner All the Light We Cannot See)

Cloud Cuckoo Land is a place of happiness "where all needs are met and no one suffers and everyday shines like the very first day at the birth of the world." That place was written about in a play long, long ago. Then the manuscript shows up in three different places: Constantinople in the 15th century, present day Idaho, and an interstellar ship decades from now. In "All the Light We cannot See", Doerr pays tribute to the radio and the part it played in World War II. In this book he pays tribute to stories and books. This is a story about our stewardship to books, to Earth, and to each other.

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