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message 1: by Tera, First Chick (new)

Tera | 2563 comments Mod
The Bell Jar (Jo)the story of a gifted young woman's mental breakdown beginning during a summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s.
Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time (Angela)An inspiring book about what one man can do to fight terrorism by building schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan in some of the remotest parts of the world. The book chronicles the "trials and tribulations" that Greg Mortenson encountered as he tried to build these schools, the dangers he faced, the political, cultural and economic factors he had to overcome in order to realize his dream.
The Kite Runner(Mandy Sue) As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule
Water for Elephants(Shelby)When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Sexing the Cherry (Allhug)In a fantastic world that is and is not seventeenth-century England, a baby is found floating in the Thames. The child, Jordan, is rescued by Dog Woman and grows up to travel the world like Gulliver, though he finds that the world’s most curious oddities come from his own mind.
The Secret Life of Bees (Tanja)The search for a mother, and the need to mother oneself, are crucial elements in this well-written coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s against a background of racial violence and unrest. When Lily's beloved nanny, Rosaleen, manages to insult a group of angry white men on her way to register to vote and has to skip town, Lily takes the opportunity to go with her, fleeing to the only place she can think of--Tiburon, South Carolina--determined to find out more about her dead mother.
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Laura)Mikael Blomkvist has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden.
On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered. But perhaps more shocking for Blomkvist: the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander.
The Virgin of Small Plains A Novel of Suspense(Jennifer W)The mysterious dead girl–the “Virgin of Small Plains”–inspires local reverence. In the two decades following her death, strange miracles visit those who faithfully tend to her grave; some even believe that her spirit can cure deadly illnesses. Slowly, word of the legend spreads.
But what really happened in that snow-covered field?
The Woman in White (Elizabeth)The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret. The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening. Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue
Dracula(Joy)When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client. Soon afterward, disturbing incidents unfold in England-an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby, strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck, and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his "Master"-culminating in a battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries
The Historian(Julie)When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor..." she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father's past, his mentor's career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history. In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright: a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi.
In the Woods(Nadia)As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
20yrs later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and his partner find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.


message 2: by Tera, First Chick (new)

Tera | 2563 comments Mod
Poll will go until Wed. Top two vote getters will be our books for October.


message 3: by Tera, First Chick (new)

Tera | 2563 comments Mod
Also for the record I don't give a rat's patootie if you vote for your own book BUT I also believe that if everyone votes for their own book those votes seem kind of null and void.


message 4: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn (kathrynh) The Bell Jar


message 5: by Sharon (new)

Sharon (sharon2020) I have always wanted to read the Bell Jar too so I will go with that. I have read most on the list already so I will have to dig deep to discuss.


Em*bedded-in-books* (embeddedinbooks) | 4853 comments The Woman in white


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