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Novel Ideas Book Group
53 minutes | Oct 16, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. DB 102287 10/15/2021
Novel Ideas will be discussing The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. DB 102287 The Synopsis from Bookshare is below. From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them. "My land tells its story if you listen. The story of our family." Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman's only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa's tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive. In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa―like so many of her neighbors―must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family. The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it―the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. Join us in this zoom meeting to discuss this great book. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
53 minutes | Sep 19, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss The Sugarhouse Blues, (DB94303) and The Goodbye Cafe (DB97130)
We will be discussing the last two books in the trilogy. The Sugarhouse Blues, (DB 94303) and The Goodbye Cafe (DB 97130) Both books are on Bookshare, and the synopsis for each is below. Have a wonderful summer, and we'll see you in September. The Sugarhouse Blues In the second novel of the Hudson Sisters series. Allie, Des, and Cara, each having her own reasons for wanting a share of their father's estate, meet in the grand Victorian home in which he grew up, only to be greeted by another secret he purposely hid from them: his sister Bonnie. The women reluctantly band together to take on Fritz's challenge, working with a local contractor to begin the renovations financed by an account Fritz had set up for the task. While the restoration appears to go smoothly at first, it soon becomes apparent that the work will be more extensive than originally thought, and Des, elected to handle the money, needs to find ways to stretch out the remaining savings while searching for new sources of funding. As strangers linked only by their DNA try to become a family, the Hudson sisters also try to come to terms with the father they only thought they knew. In the process, each woman discovers her own capacity for understanding, forgiveness, love, and the true meaning of family. The Goodbye Cafe California girl Allie Hudson Monroe can't wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania. After all, her life and her fourteen-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles. But Allie's divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy, so to keep up on payments for her house and her daughter's private school tuition, Allie packed up and flew out east. But fate has a curve-ball or two to toss in Allie's direction—she just doesn't know it yet. She hadn't anticipated how her life would change after reuniting with her estranged sister, Des, or meeting her previously unknown half-sister, Cara. And she'd certainly never expected to find small-town living charming. But the biggest surprise was that her long-forgotten artistry would save the day when the theater's renovation fund dried up. With opening day upon the sisters, Allie's free to go. But for the first time in her life, she feels like the woman she was always meant to be. Will she return to the West Coast and resume her previous life, or will the love of "this amazing, endearing family of women" (Robyn Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author) be enough to draw her back to the place where the Hudson roots grow so deep? Join us in this zoom to discuss these great books. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
48 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart. DB 88199 06/18/2021
The synopsis from bookshare is below. From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, The Hudson Sisters, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father's dying wish. In the process, they find not only themselves, but the father they only thought they knew.When celebrated and respected agent Fritz Hudson passes away, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz's first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended in a tragic overdose. Meanwhile, Fritz was falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa Pratt—they had a daughter together, Cara, and while Fritz loved Susa with everything he had, he never quite managed to tell her or Cara about his West Coast family. Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there's a large inheritance to be had that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce, allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals, and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend—but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old, decrepit theater that was Fritz's obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Guided by Fritz's closest friend and longtime attorney, Pete Wheeler, the sisters come together—whether they like it or not—to turn their father's dream into a reality, and might just come away with far more than they bargained for. Join us in this zoom meeting to discuss this great book. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth Ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
56 minutes | May 24, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss Driftwood Summer DB 71559 by Patti Callahan Henry 05/21/2021
Novel Ideas will have a slightly different format for May. We will start with a brief discussion led by Judy Wilkinson about the program Library users Of America has planned for the ACB Convention. If anyone from Library Users of America would like to join us in June to discuss the program for the NFB Convention, please contact me at the email address below. We look forward to hearing from you. After the presentation, we will be discussing the book Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry. DB 71559 Below is the synopsis from Bookshare. In the small seaside town of Palmetto Beach, the Sheffield sisters — responsible Riley, vivacious Maisy, and fun-loving Adalee — reunite to celebrate their mother's birthday and try to save the family bookstore, which has long been a beloved gathering place in their tight-knit community. But June also marks the return of Mack Logan, who thirteen years ago was Riley's best friend and Maisy's teenage crush. His choice of Maisy over Riley during that pivotal summer destroyed the special closeness between the sisters, and sent their lives in very different directions. Now Riley, a single mom who doubts any man will ever live up to the ideal Mack Logan, must work with her sisters while hiding a shattering secret about their mother. Maisy, a California designer, still blames Riley for ruining her one true love. And Adalee, a college coed, resents the family's intrusion into her summer plans. When Mack arrives, all three sisters are forced to confront their long-held beliefs about the conflicts that tore them apart and the bonds of love and loyalty that still draw them together. Will they allow the past to define the future? Join us in this zoom meeting to discuss this great book. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth Ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
59 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss The Daughters Of Erietown DB 99958 by Connie Schultz 04/16/2021
Synopsis from bookshare. Hidden desires, long-held secrets, and the sacrifices people make for family are at the heart of this powerful first novel by the popular Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist.and0A moving, unforgettable story about time, progress, and how the mistakes of one generation get repeated or repaired by the next.and?—J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Saints for All Occasions 1957, Clayton Valley, Ohio. Ellie has the best grades in her class. Her dream is to go to nursing school and marry Brick McGinty. A basketball star, Brick has the chance to escape his abusive father and become the first person in his blue-collar family to attend college. But when Ellie learns that she is pregnant, everything changes. Just as Brick and Ellie revise their plans and build a family, a knock on the front door threatens to destroy their lives. The evolution of women&'s lives spanning the second half of the twentieth century is at the center of this beautiful novel that richly portrays how much people know—and pretend not to know—about the secrets at the heart of a town, and a family. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
49 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman DBC06250 03/19/2021
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. DBC 06250 Below is the synopsis from Bookshare. Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past. Clara Cartwright, eighteen years old in 1929, is caught between her overbearing parents and her love for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, Clara's father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash, he can no longer afford her care—and Clara is committed to the public asylum. Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara's story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother's violent act? Piecing together Clara's fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices—with shocking and unexpected results. Illuminating and provocative, What She Left Behind is a masterful novel about the yearning to belong—and the mysteries that can belie even the most ordinary life. Join us in this zoom meeting to discuss this great book. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
93 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss The Book Of Two Ways DB 100856 by Jodi Picoult 02/19/2021
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Book Of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult. DB 100856 Below is the synopsis from BookShare. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She's on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients. But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made. After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife. As the story unfolds, Dawn's two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she's never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn't turned out to be the person you are right now? Join us in this zoom meeting to discuss this great book. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth Ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
50 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Novel Ideas to discuss Go Set A Watchman DB81896 by Harper Lee 01/15/2021
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. DB81896. Elizabeth Lindsey will lead this discussion. Below is the synopsis from Bookshare. A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right. Join us in this zoom meeting to discuss this great book. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: email@example.com Co-Host Ruth ann Acosta, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Guest Host: Elizabeth Lindsey E-mail: email@example.com
48 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb. DB 71007 12/18/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb. DB 71007. Below is its synopsis from Bookshare. It’s 1964 and ten-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he’ll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone’s turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!were is doing his best to navigate fifth grade—1sier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy. Back in his beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, with a new cast of endearing characters, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School—where Mother Filomina’s word is law and goody-two-shoes Rosalie Twerski is sure to be minding everyone’s business. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette, straight from QuÉbec, and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin’ and Hopin’ barrels toward one outrageous Christmas. From the Funicello family’s bus-station lunch counter to the elementary school playground (with an uproarious stop at the Pillsbury Bake-Off), Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a vivid slice of 1960s life, a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we’ve been—and how far we’ve come. Host: Randi Shelton E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Co-Host Ruth ann Acosta, E-Mail: email@example.com
54 minutes | Nov 21, 2020
Novel Ideas discussing To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. DB 09110 or 36414 or 77672 11/20/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. DB 09110 or 36414 or 77672. Elizabeth Lindsey will be leading our discussion of this classic. Below is the synopsis from Bookshare.
63 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Novel Ideas to discuss The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman DB 97949 10/16/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. DB 97949 Below is the synopsis from Bookshare is below.
53 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
Novel Ideas to discuss This Tender Land DB96864 by William Kent Krueger 09/18/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. DB 96864 Below is the synopsis from Bookshare.
45 minutes | Aug 22, 2020
Novel Ideas to discuss Zoya DB 28025 by Danielle Steel 08/21/2020
43 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
Novel Ideas to discuss The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine. DB 97890 06/19/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine. DB 97890 Below is the synopsis from Bookshare.
42 minutes | May 16, 2020
Novel Ideas to discuss Daybreak by Bellva Plain. DB 38852 05/15/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book Daybreak by Bellva Plain. DB 38852 This book is available on Bookshare. Below is the synopsis from BARD.
45 minutes | Apr 18, 2020
Novel Ideas discussing The Vote by Sybil Downing DBC03066 04/17/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Vote by Sybil Downing. DBC03066 This book is not available on Bookshare. The synopsis from BARD follows. The year is 1918. The issue is American women's right to vote.
28 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Novel Ideas discusses the book Twisted Twenty-six by Janet Evanovich. DB97352 30/20/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book Twisted Twenty-six by Janet Evanovich. DB97352 The synopsis from Bookshare is below.
56 minutes | Feb 22, 2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Legacy by Victoria yrsa Sigurchpardöttir Cribb DB96756 02/21/2020
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Legacy by Victoria yrsa Sigurchpardöttir Cribb DB96756 This book is not available on Bookshare. The BARD anotation is below.
27 minutes | Dec 21, 2019
Novel Ideas discussing The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Db 58834 12/20/2019
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Db 58834 The synopsis from Bookshare is below.
38 minutes | Nov 16, 2019
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks, Julia Whelan, and Sarah Pekkanen. DB 93639 11/15/2019
Novel Ideas will be discussing the book An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks, Julia Whelan, and Sarah Pekkanen. DB 93639 The synopsis from bookshare is below.
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