Staff Picks - Sina

 
Book Club Coordinator and moderator of Kepler’s Non-Fiction book club. Love to read and garden.
 
My pick for best book for 2016 is a tie between The Wonder by Emma Donogue and Our Souls at Midnight by Kent Haruf. Best Non-Fiction is First Congress by Fergus Bordewich.
 
If some of you need a renewed belief in the goodness of people, please read Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson or Theater of War by Brian Doerries. Both of these authors are dedicated to helping the disenfranchised in our society.
 

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The Patriots Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385524414
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 24th, 2017

The Patriots is a riveting look at the Cold War years; both in the US and Russia. Alternating between Florence’s and Julian’s perspectives, it is at once a mother-son story and a tale of two countries bound in a “dialectic dance; a love story and a spy story; both a grand, old-fashioned epic and a contemporary novel of ideas.” Through the history of one family moving back and forth between continents over three generations, The Patriots is a poignant tale of the power of love, and the secrets parents and children keep from one another. --Sina


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The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451691931
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2016

Six years after our Revolution our political system was in terrible shape and our new nation was burdened with high debts, economic woes and states and statesmen embroiled in self interest.  Bordewich, in The First Congress, immerses us in the debates between the extraordinary men that fought over the creation of our government.  A must read. --Sina


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Good Morning, Midnight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812998894
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Published: Random House - August 9th, 2016

Unique unraveling of two lives, an isolated astronomer in the Arctic, and an astronaut trying to return to Earth.  Both characters are struggling to piece together their lives, loves and regrets, as they contemplate the end of the world as they know it. Intriguing and original debut novel. --Sina


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The Wonder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316393874
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

Setting: Dublin, Ireland 1969, an 11-year-old girl, a family, a nurse, a nun, a religion, a miracle.  Are you intrigued?  This is an amazing and original novel written by an amazing author. --Sina


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My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade - October 11th, 2016

Our protagonist, Lucy Barton is recovering from a minor operation but complications cause her to stay in the hospital for many weeks. During her stay she reconnects with her past and present through a series of conversations with her mother, and reflective thoughts. These reflective thoughts, almost stream of consciousness in nature, turn this protagonist into a real person; a person who reflects, like we all do, with honesty and dishonesty, and with our own personal point of view. --Sina


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The Good Goodbye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553390582
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 12th, 2016

Great story about two teenage girl cousins, Arden and Arlene who each depend upon the other for, both moral support and a sense of identity.  Their story unfolds as both girls are lying in a hospital struggling for their lives.  It delves into the struggles of competing, insecure teens but also the bond that ties them together.  Could not put it down….and almost cheated to see how it ended.


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The Girl from the Garden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062388391
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Published: Ecco Press - May 10th, 2016

Lots of flawed characters, cultural and emotional themes, and beautifully orchestrated symbolism makes this title a great book club read. Our narrator, the only surviving daughter of a wealthy Iranian Jewish family sits in her garden in present day southern California and remembers her family and her life in Kermanshah, Iran as a child. The social mores of her culture, the jealous nature of both men and women, the need to remain whole as a family, self-worth, and sacrifice are major themes of this tightly knit novel. A must read. --Sina


One Amazing Thing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401341589
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Published: Hyperion Books - December 21st, 2010

The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780762779192
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Published: Lyons Press - July 3rd, 2012

Women of the Silk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312099435
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 15th, 1993

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 2005

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The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

Prodigal Summer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060959036
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 16th, 2001

Plainsong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 22nd, 2000

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143118824
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2011

The Great Santini Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553381559
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Published: Dial Press - March 26th, 2002

No One Is Here Except All of Us Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594486494
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2013