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 Subway Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250169761
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 10th, 2018

A fascinating story of two women living a generation apart and their connection to the real historic Miss Subways campaign held in NY in the 40s.   Good summer read. --Sina


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Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780735218727
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 15th, 2018

The power of love is amazing in this brilliant, concisely written novel.  I hope you get a chance to sit in a quiet corner and soak up this lovely book. --Sina


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Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804176774
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 19th, 2018

Another good book club read – It is heart wrenching, tragic, disturbing, yet warm, and life-affirming.   A true story inspired this very absorbing and moving novel. --Sina


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The Garden Party: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399179723
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Published: Random House - July 10th, 2018

Wonderful book club title - great flawed and interesting characters, beautiful prose, and rich imagery. A must read! --Sina


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The Patriots: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385524421
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 17th, 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: 9781451692112
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 21st, 2017

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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812988192
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 4th, 2017

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
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ISBN: 9780316393867
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 5th, 2017

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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553390605
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 22nd, 2018

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: A Novel Cover Image
$16.49
ISBN: 9780062388391
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Published: Ecco - 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: Hachette Books - December 21st, 2010

Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780762779192
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Published: Lyons Press - July 3rd, 2012

Women of the Silk: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780312099435
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 24th, 2008

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061120077
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 30th, 2006

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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

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

Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - 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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553381559
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - 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