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malahide castle in ireland
malahide castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in ireland. from 1185 until 1975, it was the home of the talbot family.
book club marked its 20th year in february 2019!
may 2017 book:
where the light gets in: losing my mother only to find her again by kimberly williams-paisley.
april 2017 book:
the nest by cynthia d'aprix sweeney.
march 2017 book:
evicted by matthew desmond.
september 2016 book:
harry potter and the cursed child - parts i & ii by by j. k. rowling, john tiffany, jack thorne.
june-august 2016 book:
a man called ove by fredrik backman.
may 2016 book:
the crown by kiera cass.
april 2016 book:
the girl in the red coat by kate hamer.
march 2016 book:
the girl on the train by paula hawkins.
february 2016 book:
all the birds in the sky by charlie jane anders.
january 2016 book:
a doubter's almanac: a novel by ethan canin.
december 2015 book:
significant others by armistead maupin.
november 2015 book:
x by sue grafton.
october 2015 book:
a spool of blue thread by anne tyler.
september 2015 book:
the mind readers (the mind readers series) by lori brighton.
august 2015 book:
what she left behind by ellen marie wiseman.
july 2015 book:
someone else's fairytale by e.m. tippetts.
june 2015 book:
ordinary grace: a novel by william kent krueger.
may 2015 book:
the goldfinch: a novel (pulitzer prize for fiction) by donna tartt.
april 2015 book:
all the light we cannot see by anthony doerr.
march 2015 book:
fallen women by sandra dallas.
february 2015 book:
life in a jar: the irena sendler project by jack mayer.
january 2015 book:
the dovekeepers: a novel by alice hoffman.
december 2014 book:
the summer wind by mary alice monroe.
november 2014 book:
small blessings by martha woodroof.
october 2014 book:
the interestings by meg wolitzer.
september 2014 book:
the vacationers by emma straub.
august 2014 book:
the rosie project by graeme simsion.
july 2014 book:
the storied life of a.j. fikry by gabrielle zevin.
june 2014 book:
one hundred years of solitude by gabriel garc锟絘 m锟絩quez.
may 2014 book:
the invention of wings: a novel by sue monk kidd.
april 2014 book:
still life with bread crumbs: a novel by anna quindlen.
march 2014 book:
miss peregrine's home for peculiar children by ransom riggs.
february 2014 book:
s. by doug dorst & j. j. abrams.
january 2014 book:
blink by malcolm gladwell.
december 2013 book:
true sisters by sandra dallas.
november 2013 book:
full body burden by kristen iversen.
october 2013 book:
the dinner by herman koch.
september 2013 book:
benediction by kent haruf.
august 2013 book:
broken for you by stephanie kallos.
july 2013 book:
orphan train: a novel by christina baker kline.
june 2013 book:
the unlikely pilgrimage of harold fry by rachel joyce.
april-may 2013 book:
a week in winter by maeve binchy.
march 2013 book:
still alice by lisa genova.
february 2013 book:
bossypants by tina fey.
january 2013 book:
the edge of never by j.a. redmerski.
december 2012 book:
the time keeper by mitch albom.
november 2012 book:
dear life by alice munro.
october 2012 book:
catherine the great: portrait of a woman by robert k. massie.
september 2012 book:
fall of giants (the century trilogy #1) by ken follett.
august 2012 book:
the hunger games by suzanne collins.
july 2012 book:
wild (from lost to found on the pacific crest trail) by cheryl strayed.
june 2012 book:
the talk funny girl by roland merullo.
may 2012 book:
nothing daunted by dorothy wickenden.
april 2012 book:
the bungalow: a novel by sarah jio.
a sweeping saga of long-lost love, a mysterious painting, an unspeakable tragedy and the beach bungalow at the center of it all ... in the summer of 1942, newly engaged anne calloway sets off to serve in the army nurse corps on the pacific island of bora-bora. more exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fianc锟? she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war. a timeless story of enduring passion, the bungalow chronicles anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses--of life, and of love--that have haunted her for seventy years.
march 2012 book:
the paris wife: a novel by paula mclain.
a deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, the paris wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: ernest hemingway and his wife hadley. chicago, 1920: hadley richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness锟絬ntil she meets ernest hemingway and her life changes forever. following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group锟絫he fabled 锟絣ost generation锟斤拷that includes gertrude stein, ezra pound, and f. scott and zelda fitzgerald. though deeply in love, the hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of jazz age paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become the sun also rises. hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage锟絘 deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they锟絭e fought so hard for. a heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, the paris wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but hadley.
february 2012 book:
that woman: the life of wallis simpson, duchess of windsor by anne sebba.
the first full scale biography of wallis simpson to be written by a woman, exploring the mind of one of the most glamorous and reviled figures of the twentieth century, a character who played prominently in the blockbuster film the king锟絪 speech.
this is the story of the american divorcee notorious for allegedly seducing a british king off his throne. 锟絫hat woman,锟?so called by queen elizabeth, the queen mother, was born bessie wallis warfield in 1896 in baltimore. neither beautiful nor brilliant, she endured an impoverished childhood, which fostered in her a burning desire to rise above her circumstances.
january 2012 book:
the invisible wall: a love story that broke barriers by harry bernstein.
锟絫here are places that i have never forgotten. a little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the north of england has haunted me for the greater part of my life. it was inevitable that i should write about it and the people who lived on both sides of its 锟絠nvisible wall.锟?锟? the narrow street where harry bernstein grew up, in a small english mill town, was seemingly unremarkable. it was identical to countless other streets in countless other working-class neighborhoods of the early 1900s, except for the 锟絠nvisible wall锟?that ran down its center, dividing jewish families on one side from christian families on the other. only a few feet of cobblestones separated jews from gentiles, but socially, it they were miles apart. on the eve of world war i, harry锟絪 family struggles to make ends meet. his father earns little money at the jewish tailoring shop and brings home even less, preferring to spend his wages drinking and gambling. harry锟絪 mother, devoted to her children and fiercely resilient, survives on her dreams: new shoes that might secure harry锟絪 admission to a fancy school; that her daughter might marry the local rabbi; that the entire family might one day be whisked off to the paradise of america. then harry锟絪 older sister, lily, does the unthinkable: she falls in love with arthur, a christian boy from across the street.
december 2011 book:
snow flower and the secret fan by lisa see.
from barnes & noble:
lily is haunted by memories锟給f who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. she has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of snow flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. in nineteenth-century china, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu (锟絯omen锟絪 writing锟?. some girls were paired with laotongs, 锟給ld sames,锟?in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. they painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. snow flower and the secret fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. with the period detail and deep resonance of memoirs of a geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship.
november 2011 book:
the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society by mary ann shaffer and annie barrows.
from barnes and noble:
january 1946: writer juliet ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society. and so begins a remarkable tale of the island of guernsey during the german occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. celebrating literature, love, and the power of the human spirit, the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society is the story of an english author living in the shadow of world war ii锟絘nd embarking on a writing project that will dramatically change her life. unfolding in a series of letters, this enchanting novel introduces readers to the indomitable juliet ashton. through juliet锟絪 correspondence with her publisher, best friend, and an absorbing cast of characters, readers discover that despite the personal losses she suffered in the blitz, and author tours sometimes marked by mishaps, nothing can quell her enthusiasm for the written word. one day, she begins a different sort of correspondence, responding to a man who found her name on the flyleaf of a cherished secondhand book. he tells her that his name is dawsey adams, a native resident of guernsey, one of the channel islands recently liberated from nazi occupation. soon juliet is drawn into dawsey锟絪 remarkable circle of friends, courageous men and women who formed the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society as a cover to protect them from the germans. with their appetite for good books, and their determination to honor the island锟絪 haunting recent history, this is a community that opens juliet锟絪 heart and mind in ways she could never have imagined.
october 2011 book:
an object of beauty by steve martin.
published 2011 by grand central publishing.
from publishers weekly:
martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale. lacey yeager is an ambitious young art dealer who uses everything at her disposal to advance in the world of the high-end art trade in new york city. after cutting her teeth at sotheby's, she manipulates her way up through barton talley's gallery of "very expensive paintings," sleeping with patrons, and dodging and indulging in questionable deals, possible felonies, and general skeeviness until she opens her own gallery in chelsea. narrated by lacey's journalist friend, daniel franks, whose droll voice is a remarkable stand-in for martin's own, the world is ordered and knowable, blindly barreling onward until 9/11. and while lacey and the art she peddles survive, the wealth and prestige garnered by greed do not. martin (an art collector himself) is an astute miniaturist as he exposes the sound and fury of the rarified manhattan art world. if shopgirl was about the absence of purpose, this book is about the absence of a moral compass, not just in the life of an adventuress but for an entire era. (nov.) (c) copyright 锟?reed business information, a division of reed elsevier inc. all rights reserved.
october 2011 book:
these things hidden by heather gudenkauf.
published by mira publishing.
from publishers weekly:
starred review. gudenkauf's scintillating second suspense novel (after the weight of silence) opens with the release of 21-year-old allison glenn from prison, where she has served five years for an unspecified but particularly horrible crime. allison is reluctant to enter a halfway house in her hometown of linden falls, iowa, where "even a heroin-addicted prostitute arrested for armed robbery and murder would get more compassion than i ever will." allison, her family's former golden girl, secures a job at a local bookstore, but her efforts to resume some sort of normal life are undermined by her well-to-do parents' indifference, her sister's hatred, and the stigma of her conviction. meanwhile, one little boy holds the key to the tragedy that led to allison's imprisonment. the author slowly and expertly reveals the truth in a tale so chillingly real, it could have come from the latest headlines. (feb.) (c) copyright pwxyz, llc. all rights reserved.
september 2011 book:
birkebeiner by jeff foltz.
published by maine authors publishing.
a mother s compulsion to protect her children is timeless and primal. war is insidious and ageless. birkebeiner is a story of both. two years after her son hakon s birth, inga is with her husband, king hakon, in the besieged fortress of lillehammer. the enemy, the crozier army, is certain to overrun lillehammer. once the croziers breach the walls, they will kill inga s child, heir to the norwegian throne and the prince who may unite the country. to save little hakon, king hakon asks his two best warriors to flee with his son for the safety of nidaros (present-day trondheim). it s a long and dangerous journey on skis through two treacherous winter valleys and over a 7,000-foot snow-blown mountain. willing to risk everything for her son, inga insists on going with them. for eight harrowing, exhausting days, they re pursued by a cadre of enemy soldiers bent on killing her child. magnus, the crozier s military leader whom the church and the bishop call king -- and who has lost his own wife and two-year-old son -- must lead the chase.
september 2011 book:
buried in the heart by m.e. harrington.
published 2011 by balboa press.
in 1898, an englishman vanishes without a trace in the french pyrenees. five years later, he suddenly re-appears, walking into a small mountain village, wearing the same clothes and looking the same as the day he disappeared. the only difference is the ring he wears on his finger, a ring which bears a cryptic clue to his long absence. ninety years later, the ring is the cherished possession of danny davis, an american photojournalist. in london to interview the members of a popular rock-and-roll band, she does not realize that one englishman will stop at nothing to recover the ring and the secret it holds. when geremy hawker, lead singer for the mystic celts, arrives for the first segment of the interview, he finds danny's flat in a shambles and himself cast as her rescuer when he thwarts a kidnapping attempt. as they work together to unravel the mystery of the ring, they begin a dangerous journey that leads them to the french pyrenees and the mysterious cave of the blue light. in the process of discovering the cave's surprising secret, they are forced to confront their own long-buried secrets of the heart.
august 2011 book:
going home to glory by david eisenhower, with julie nixon eisenhower.
published by simon and schuster.
from amazon.com, by michael korda:
锟絛avid and julie nixon eisenhower锟絪 going home to glory is a wonderfully satisfying book, at once touching and full of fascinating and previously unknown information about the last years of the general锟絪 life, in which his courage, his sense of humor, his sheer common sense about everything from cooking to atomic weapons makes one realize even more strongly just what a remarkable man he was, at war, at peace, and at home. david锟絪 portrait of his formidable grandfather manages to be at once charming and an important contribution to history: a lovely book.锟?
august 2011 book:
nothing but blue skies: memoir of a renaissance woman pilot: 1927-2009 by doris hurt powers. edited and produced by jaye powers with mandy billings, laura powers, bob powers, and suzanne smith.
published 2011 by blue cat publishing.
excerpt by mandy billings and jaye powers:
as they walked over to me, i took off my helmet and my long, blond came tumbling out.
one of the men said, "good lord, it's a girl!" nothing but blue skies is an engaging memoir by an american female wwii-era pilot, covering the years 1927-2008. indianapolis native doris hurt powers embraced life and inspired many with her charm and energy. in 1941 at the young age of 14, doris earned her pilot's license and fearlessly soared into the blue. married to a u.s. army general and mother to three children, doris still pusued her dreams in business, travel, and life.
lively and captivating, doris shares her many adventures starting at a time when women were just beginning to take to the skies.
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