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IF I STAY, by Gayle Forman If I Stay

The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia's friend Kim. I know you'd hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.


EXPLOSION IN PARIS, by Linda Masemore Pirrung EXPLOSION IN PARIS

A romantic, suspense novel, guaranteed to warm the heart, but your blood may catch a chill on the way…
What if, everything you knew suddenly seemed like a nightmare? What if, you’d chosen differently, taken a different road? What if, you suddenly realize that your world will never be the same again? These are the questions that Angela Brian Scott must face. Ross mourns Angie’s apparent death.Will Angie’s messages to Ross, apparently from the grave, get through to him? Will Mitch admit to his murderous ways? Pirrung takes the reader from sunny California to the charming atmosphere of France, which becomes Angela’s adopted country. Through reinvention of herself to save her life, Angie sees anew the consequences of deciding to be who she really is and the consequences of having given herself up for so long. She discovers her true essence and she develops a strong sense of self-worth. Refusing her husband’s death sentence assessment of her soul, the script of Angela Briann Scott’s life is challenged to reach beyond her limits. The accidental meeting of the devastatingly handsome Ross Leigh Stafford turns Angie’s world upside down. He’s a man of high principles, irreproachable character, unsinkable spirit, and unwavering compassion, all the qualities that her husband, Mitch, is seriously lacking. Her dreams become Ross’s dreams. He offers her strength and incentive to escape her physically
and emotionally abusive husband…Will Ross be able to protect Angie from her irate
husband, who will never willingly let her go?... Will the explosion end the dream?...
Will the secret be enough to protect them? The heroine’s impressive success and
enduring strength provide the substance that keeps the reader glued to the pages.
“Julia Robert’s Sleeping with the Enemy meets Cary Grant’s An Affair to Remember.”
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THE PEARL, by John Steinbeck The Pearl (Centennial Edition)

The story is about an destitute man, his wife and their infant baby who live by the seashore surviving on the few fish they catch using their old canoe. Once in a while they even find a small white pearl hidden in the local oyster bed that they sell to the local pearl dealers, and use the money to buy clothes and necessities. It's a simple life, barely a hand to mouth existence, but there is also a fine web of rich culture that defines their small world. I thought the story was totally fascinating. Steinbeck is the MASTER!

HALF THE SKY, by Nicholas Kristof
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky is beautifully presented not to offend but to inform. The situation regarding women in other countries is shocking. Women and girls are imprisoned because they are suspected to not be virgins; others are abandoned in huts to die if they have a fistula resulting from a gang rape, and young girls are forced into drug-induced prostitution. Yet there are many who stand up and fight and even prevail, which serves as inspiration. In cultures who deny education and basic rights to women the women are treated as if they are lower than dirt. This is an eye opener and something should be done!


MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS, by Tracy Kidder
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House Reader's Circle)

Mountains Beyond Mountains is thought-provoking and disturbing. It also is full of hope. It shows the potential one person has for making a real difference in the world. This book inspired me and affirmed my belief that our purpose while we're here on earth is to use our gifts and energies to help people and the world.
Paul Farmer is a 44-year-old specialist in infectious diseases and an attending physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His biographer, Tracy Kidder, read his book on the connections between poverty and disease. For more than 20 years, Farmer has spent many months every year there, often taking care of patients himself and continually improving the treatments offered by the clinic.

CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN. By John Perkins
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Perkins spent the 1970s working as an economic planner for an international consulting firm, a job that took him to exotic locales like Indonesia and Panama, helping wealthy corporations exploit developing nations as, he claims, a not entirely unwitting front for the National Security Agency. John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life.

CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone

This riveting saga gives the reader an intimate look at life in Ethiopia during tumultuous times. It is a complicated story of relationships, choices, events of life, and their intertwining. Cutting for Stone is the story of twin boys born in Ethiopia of a brilliant but troubled surgeon and a nun. THey are born slightly conjoined, their mother dies in childbirth and their father abandons them minutes later. They grow up in a hospital, with two of the doctors as their parents and the extended family is the staff of the hospital.

CRACKED HEARTS, by Linda Pirrung
Cracked Hearts: The Story of Ultimate Betrayal and Love

In this gripping psychological thriller, a typical neighborhood in typical Suburbia battles the not so typical unique, intricate personalities, some terribly flawed, resulting in murder, love triangles and that heart-thumping perfect soul mate kind of love that makes you want to take a better look at your life. Can Stephanie, Meg and John help Ron, Dan and Hayley conquer their inner demons? Who dies and why? The mind is the one private place where no one else can see or hear but it can be tormented beyond repair. The suspense is incredible.

I WILL WAIT FOR YOU, by Linda Pirrung
I Will Wait for You: Eternal Bliss

Sidney Scofield and Alexandra Deveaux spent the first thirty years of their lives not feeling the necessity of being someone’s other half. That changed dramatically the moment they met—they knew! From Colorado to Maryland to Ireland—the magic prevailed. Not even death could stop them from being together. She waited for him…He waited for her. "Matt and Misha would be sad when they arrived but if only they knew the beauty of it."


Midnight Rambler: A Novel of SuspenseSworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder)The Likeness While I Was Gone (Oprah's Book Club) Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Mysteries, No. 1)Beat the Reaper: A Novel
The Other Side of the Bridge The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Starvation Lake: A Mystery A Beautiful Place to Die: An Emmanuel Cooper Mystery The Nearest Exit (Milo Weaver) The Last ChildThis Is Where I Leave You: A NovelOld FilthThe Crying Tree: A NovelYou Remind Me of Me: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)Freedom: A NovelAll the Living: A NovelCity of Thieves: A NovelLove in Mid AirAny Human HeartAmerican Rust: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)The Irresistible Henry House: A NovelThe Lake Shore LimitedCrow Lake (Today Show Book Club #7)Some Things That StayEverything Matters!: A NovelNever Let Me GoIf I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: StoriesThe One That I Want: A NovelEvery Man Dies Alone: A NovelKings of the Earth: A NovelWolf HallThe Calligrapher's Daughter: A NovelThe Shadow of the WindStone's Fall: A NovelThe Housekeeper and the ProfessorMajor Pettigrew's Last StandThe Lacuna: A Novel (P.S.) In the Time of the ButterfliesLove and Summer: A Novel

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