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What are we reading?

Wren Wertin

The Bookworm of Edwards

1. “Secret Life of Bees,” by Sue Monk Kidd: Lily Owens has shaped her life around one devastating, blurred, memory – the afternoon her mother was killed. Since then, her only real companion on the peach farm of her harsh, unyielding father has been a fierce-hearted black woman, Rosaleen. When Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it is time to spring them both free. She and Rosaleen take off for a town called Tiburon, South Carolina, a name she found on the back of a picture amid the few possessions left by her mother.

2. “The Other Boleyn Girl,” by Philippa Gregory: The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress and then Anne as his wife.



3. “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress,” by Sijie Dai: Set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the novel tells the story of two hapless city boys sent to a remote mountain village for reeducation. Struggling to stave off despair, the boys find salvation in two discoveries: the charming daughter of the local tailor and a trove of forbidden Western classics in Chinese translation.

4. “Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold: The spirit of 14-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family’s grief in their efforts to find the killer.



#5 ~ Hours by Michael Cunningham ~ The author of “Flesh and Blood” draws inventively on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

6. “Seabiscuit: An American Legend,” by Laura Hillenbrand: The story of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

7. “I am Madame X,” by Gioia Diliberto: In 1884, renowned painter John Singer Sargent unveiled his portrait of the notorious beauty Virginie Gautreau at the Paris Salon. Virginie’s bold pose, provocative dress and icy-pale skin caused an immediate furor. Panned by the critics and abhorred by the public, the painting crippled Sargent’s hopes of a career in Paris. He soon relocated to England, where he established himself as the favorite portrait painter of the wealthy. In this novel, Diliberto tells Virginie’s story.



8. “Passion of Artemisia,” by Susan Vreeland: Presenting a fictionalized version of the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, known for her contributions to Renaissance art and for the rape she suffered at the hands of her father’s painting partner, the author celebrates of the power of art.

9. “Atkins For Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss,” by Robert Atkins With millions following Atkins diet plans, Atkins now compiles a complete controlled carb program for permanent weight loss and good health, with 200 menu plans and 125 recipes.

10. “Miracle Life of Edgar Mint,” by Brady Udall: At the beginning of this high-spirited novel of the American West, a boy on an Apache Indian reservation in Arizona has his head run over by a mail truck. Nevertheless, the book is anything but tragic – or, at least, not purely tragic.

1.”Vail: Triumph of a Dream” by Pete Seibert: A colorful chronicle of Vail’s colorful history.

2.”Secret Life of Bees,” by Sue Monk Kidd: Lily Owens has shaped her life around one devastating, blurred, memory – the afternoon her mother was killed. Since then, her only real companion on the peach farm of her harsh, unyielding father has been a fierce-hearted black woman, Rosaleen. When Rosaleen insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily knows it is time to spring them both free. She and Rosaleen take off for a town called Tiburon, South Carolina, a name she found on the back of a picture amid the few possessions left by her mother.

3. “Bel Canto,” by Ann Patchett: When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxanne Coss and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan.

4.-“Hours,” by Michael Cunningham: This book draws on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair.

5.-“Passion of Artemisia,” by Susan Vreeland: Presenting a fictionalized version of the life of Artemisia Gentileschi, known for her contributions to Renaissance art and for the rape she suffered at the hands of her father’s painting partner, the author celebrates of the power of art.

6. “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith:

This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives,” such as track down missing husbands, uncover a con man and follow a wayward daughter.

7.-“King of Torts,” by John Grisham: A tale of a young public defender who finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. The case could result in an enormous settlement – and make him the legal profession’s newest king of torts.

Washed-up public defender Clay Carter’s latest case, a routine street killing, takes an unexpected turn when he discovers evidence of a conspiracy involving a large drug company and a lawsuit with a huge potential settlement

8.-“Finding Fish,” by Antwone Fisher: Ordered to see a psychiatrist as a young sailor to help him control his anger, Fisher is inspired to seek out the family that abandoned him as a child.

9.-“Peace Like a River,” by Leif Enger: Eleven-year-old asthmatic Reuben Land chronicles the Land family’s odyssey in search of Reuben’s older brother, Davy, who has escaped from jail before he can stand trial for the killing of two marauders who came to their Minnesota farm to harm the family.

10. “Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold: The spirit of 14-year-old Susie Salmon describes her murder, her surprise at her new home in heaven, and her witness to her family’s grief in their efforts to find the killer.


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