August 2014

Midwife's Tale

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The Midwife's Tale: A Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250038340
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Published: Minotaur Books - December 10th, 2013

The midwife of the title uses her authority - unique power for a 17th century Englishwoman - to investigate a murder, this in a besieged York during the English Civil War.  Thomas is an historian as well as a storyteller and throws in such fun stuff as the town "gossips" being a de facto female intelligence service.Gary


A Replacement Life

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ISBN: 9780062287878
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Published: Harper - June 3rd, 2014

A young journalist whose family and friends are all Russian Jewish immigrants living in Brooklyn gets roped into a scheme of writing (made-up) stories to submit to the committee that is awarding restitution claims to Holocaust survivors.  This debut novel is funny, intelligent and wonderfully written, exploring the mysterious bonds of family and the often obscure line between fiction and reality.

David


The Zhivago Affair

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ISBN: 9780307908001
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Published: Pantheon Books - June 17th, 2014

The Zhivago Affair brings to light the involvement of the CIA in the distribution of Pasternak’s epic novel in the USSR which had banned its publication, an involvement which would likely have profoundly disturbed Pasternak had he known about it. But this book tells us much more than just that episode of Doctor Zhivago’s history. It’s really a fuller biographical portrait of the Nobel Prize winning author and a fascinating history of the writing and publication of this his most renowned work undertaken during Stalin’s repressive regime.

Dale


California

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ISBN: 9780316250818
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 8th, 2014

In a not so distant future, young married couple Frida and Cal have fled a ruined Los Angeles and built a fragile new life on their own in the wilderness, content with only each other until Frida discovers she is pregnant. Their sudden reentry into community forces Cal and Frida to reexamine their ideas about themselves, each other, and the strength of their principles when their unborn child's safety is at stake. California is a gripping read and the future that Lepucki imagines seems frighteningly plausible and close at hand.

Katie


Tell the Wolves I'm Home

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ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 4th, 2013

To June, her uncle Finn was everything: confidant, companion, godfather. When he dies far too young, her world is shattered. But when a strange man appears at Uncle Finn's funeral, June discovers that perhaps she didn't know her beloved uncle very well at all. An Alex award winner, Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a rich tale of family, love, grief, and the secrets we keep. I was utterly disappointed at the ending...but only because I didn't want it to be over.

Rebecca


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