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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Black Water Lilies

by Michel Bussi



blackwaterliliesDuring the day, Giverny, France is the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday. Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher, and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumored painting of Black Water Lilies? “A bestseller in France, it is a dazzling, unexpected and haunting masterpiece.” (Daily Mail, UK)




                      Tuesday, October 9, 2018

                                   A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

                                                                by Betty Smith


 treegrowsinbrooklyn Smith’s classic 1943 novel is often characterized as a coming-of-age story, but the narrative is also a richly-plotted tale of three generations of a poor but proud American family that offers a detailed and unsentimental portrait of urban life at the beginning of the century. The story begins in 1912, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, where eleven-year-old Francie Nolan and her younger brother, Neeley, are spending their time collecting scrap to sell to the junk man for a few pennies. Half of any money they get goes into the tin can bank that is stored in a closet in their tenement flat. This bank, a shared resource among everyone in the family, is a recurring symbol of the Nolans’ self-reliance, struggles, and dreams. The novel follows Francie through her first job, her first love, and her struggle to complete her education, even though that means leaving behind the beloved Brooklyn neighborhood of her childhood. “A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one.” (New York Times)





                                    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

                                                  The Martian

                                                                     by Andy Weir


     The Martian 2014    In the near future, astronaut Mark Watney became on of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be thr first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills,  and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit, he steadfaslty confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. "By placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure. Mark is hilarious, which makes the terror of marooned death on Mars not just bearable but downright fun." (Library Journal)



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