Note to Shelf: October 2023

Created on October 6, 2023, 10:43 am

Last Updated October 31, 2023, 12:00 pm

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Maria shares, "This story takes place in Paris in 1939 where two young American mothers, Elise and Juliette, meet and quickly become best friends. Elise is married to a famous painter who supports the communist movement while Juliette is married to a man with whom she co-owns a local bookshop. The onset of the war quickly turns their worlds upside down when Elise becomes a target of the German occupation. She must make the hardest decision of her life to survive and decides to leave her little daughter with Juliette to escape. While Elise is in hiding, Juliette’s world is literally blown-up when a bomb falls, destroying her bookstore. When Elise returns to reunite with Juliette and her daughter, she discovers the bookshop destroyed, and there is no trace of Juliette or her daughter. Desperate and determined, Elise won’t stop until she finds them. This compelling story resonates with the compassion of true motherhood, love, and friendships during one of the most difficult times in history. A wonderful read for the fall!"
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Bree tells us about, "a fast-paced, domestic thriller that takes the reader behind the closed doors of a seemingly tight-knit neighborhood, and peeling back the layers of deception that can exist among the people we think we know best. When nine-year-old Avery Wooler seemingly vanishes on her way home from school, all evidence points to two families who happen to be neighbors with secret connections. Fearing the worst, and with time running out, the detectives on the case keep coming up empty-handed. The mystery only deepens as the lines separating the heroes from the villains become blurred, and Lapena explores the power that lust, loyalty, guilt, and trust can hold over even the most innocent among us."
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Annette shares, "James McBrides’ lyrical storytelling, unique characters and engaging dialogue make Heaven & Earth Grocery Store an outstanding read. The novel is set in the 1920s in Chicken Hill - the down and out section of Pottstown, PA. The middle-class white population has abandoned Chicken Hill and left the struggling African American and Jewish immigrant communities behind. McBride weaves together the perspectives of Shona and Moshe, the local grocery store owners, with those of their friends, neighbors and relatives, to describe how local residents come together to care for a deaf orphaned boy during a time of racism and anti-Semitism. Heaven & Earth Grocery Store is a story of friendship and compassion in a small community that extends beyond race, ethnicity, and religion."
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Inger advises, "Get your tissues ready! Isabelle Allende will tug at your heartstrings as she explores the impact of parent/child separation through multiple narratives and dual timelines in her compelling novel The Wind Knows My Name. In 1938, Samuel Adler, at the tender age of five, is sent to England to escape the Nazi occupation in Austria. His mother plans for Samuel to stay with a family in the British countryside until they can be safely reunited. In 2019, seven-year-old Anita Diaz and her mother flee El Salvador for Arizona to escape an abusive relationship and to pursue a better life in the United States. When the U.S. Policy of Separation tears the mother-daughter pair apart, young social worker Serena Duran is tasked with reuniting them. Serena diligently works to uncover what happened to Anita’s mother while simultaneously battling personal issues. Allende’s work is a moving testament to all parents and the heart-wrenching sacrifices they make out of love for their children. This novel is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and hug your children a little tighter."
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Mary-Beth recommends, "Get ready to free yourself and your loved ones from clutter! In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson, you will learn that death cleaning is about saving precious time and having a permanent method of organization that makes everyday life run more smoothly. This book is a quick read with short chapters and easy steps to let go of unnecessary things and put your home in order. Plus, the information applies to all adults and it will help you live your best home life. Check out the television series based on this book too! Episodes began in April 2023."
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