Book club reads 2016

And After the Fire: A Novel

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National Jewish Book Award Winner!

The New York Times-bestselling author of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light returns with a new powerful and passionate novelinspired by historical eventsabout two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives.

In the ruins of Germany in 1945, at the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him.

In America in 2010, Henrys niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her life after she experiences a devastating act of violence on the streets of New York City. When Henry dies soon after, she uncovers the long-hidden music manuscript. She becomes determined to discover what it is and to return it to its rightful owner, a journey that will challenge her preconceptions about herself and her familys historyand also offer her an opportunity to finally make peace with the past.

In Berlin, Germany, in 1783, amid the citys glittering salons where aristocrats and commoners, Christians and Jews, mingle freely despite simmering anti-Semitism, Sara Itzig Levy, a renowned musician, conceals the manuscript of an anti-Jewish cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, an unsettling gift to her from Bachs son, her teacher. This work and its disturbing message will haunt Sara and her family for generations to come.

Interweaving the stories of Susanna and Sara, and their families, And After the Fire traverses over two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century through the Holocaust and into today, seamlessly melding past and present, real and imagined. Lauren Belfers deeply researched, evocative, and compelling narrative resonates with emotion and immediacy.

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Sweet Perdition (Four Horsemen MC Book 1)

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Good girl gone bad.
Elizabeth, a small-town librarian, knows she doesn't belong in the notorious biker bar. But after watching her best friend marry her ex-boyfriend, she's drinking her cares away and saying adios to her good girl ways.

Ryker can't take his eyes off the gorgeous, curvy redhead at his club's bar. He suddenly has a taste for good girls, just for one night, of course, because Ryker doesn't do relationships. Ever.
But when Elizabeth's ex threatens her, Ryker realizes he'll do anything to keep her safe and he might just lose his heart in the process.

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Ratchet Wives Club: Atlanta Edition

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Side Chicks.
Infidelity.
Greed.
Wives of Atlanta's Biggest Ballers...
All holding dark secrets...they're ratchet!

Aria
Married to ATL's biggest kingpin Czar, she is a paraplegic confined to the wheelchair for life after one of her husband's rivals shoots her. Still bitter about her predicament she cheats on Czar with Nokio, her husband's corner boy, and plots to take over his empire.

Cipirana.
Gorgeous BBW that's not appreciated by her husband Braxton, who is soon to be the mayor of Atlanta. After years of neglect, disrespect and abuse from Braxton she she takes comfort in Javi, Czar's right hand man.

Apryl.
She is Cipriana's little sister and an undercover detective cop. Apryl is also the wife of a former cop turned law school student by the name of Kazman. When Kazman is struck in a car accident and placed in a coma, Apryl is left to pay all of their bills. To help she takes on extra undercover work, investigating Czar. When she meets Czar she is immediately attracted to the powerful kingpin. But what about her husband in the coma?

Mayeka
Is a former stripper turned baby mama to one of the city's most powerful men, Braxton Nicks. Braxton Nicks is a councilman running for mayor who is also married to Cipriana. As Mayeka's son get's older the more she wants Braxton all to her self but she she is hiding a dark secret from him too.

All four women's lives are entangled in this juicy tale of drama, lust and secrets. Are you ready for this crazy rollercoaster ride?

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Ratchet Wives Club: Episode 4

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In Episode 4 Ratchedness is taken to new heights.
Alliances are made. Trust is Broken. And more secrets are revealed.
Are you ready for the next wave of drama?

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Ratchet Wives Club: Episode 5

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Alliances have been broken, yet new relationships have been formed.
Who will come out on top in the end?
Will Maya and Knowledge find their way back to each other before Bobby kills her?
Is Michaela's struggles with addiction over?
Has Tiasi finally found her happily ever after?
And will Priscilla get away with the crimes she's committed?

Find out in this next installment of Ratchet Wives Club: Episode 5

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The Seven Sisters: Book One

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The first book in a series from #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley, author of The Midnight Rosehailed as an extraordinary story and a complex, deeply engaging tale filled with fascinating characters (Library Journal).

Maia DApliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, Atlantisa fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Genevahaving been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each sister is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritagea clue that takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story.

Eighty years earlier in the Rio of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacios father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabelapassionate and longing to see the worldconvinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowskis studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

In this sweeping, epic tale of love and lossthe first in a unique, spellbinding seriesLucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talents like never before.

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News of the World: A Novel

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National Book Award FinalistFiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a 50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johannas parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act civilized. Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not rememberstrangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or becomein the eyes of the lawa kidnapper himself.

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Rewriting Destiny (Forsaken Sinners MC Series Book 1)

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When life gives you lemons, its time for shots of tequila.

Thats my new saying in life, and trust me, life has handed me lots of lemons.

My name is Danielle DeChenne, and for eighteen years I took every punch destiny threw at me. Now Im no longer a naive girl. Traumatic abuse will do that to you. I was forced to grow up too fast, and the one person I depended onthat gorgeous Marine, Zaneturned his back on me. So now I say screw the lemonade and just give me a bottle of Jack Daniels, because I dont believe in destiny anymore.

There is no pre-destined path set out for each of us. That crap doesnt exist.

Sometimes bad things happenits just how the world works. It sucks, but you have to pick yourself up and get on with your life. Even if its an impossible task.

Im done sitting around and waiting for my life to change or something good to fall in my lap. It took me awhile to understand, but once I stopped being the doormat for destiny, it was time for me to take control. Now I decide where I go in life and what will happen. It wont always be pretty, it will sometimes hurt like hell, but I will make sure I live my life to the fullest

Then the gorgeous Marine from my past returned with a vengeanceexcept this time, I was ready for him.

It's time to rewrite destiny.

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Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

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A Wall Street Journal Bestseller! Named a best book of 2016 by: Chicago Tribune, Refinery 29, Forbes, Bust, CEO Reads.

It was a fight clubbut without the fighting or the men. Every month, women would gather in a New York apartment to share sexist-job frustrations and trade strategies for how to tackle them. For years, these meetings were kept secret. But the time has come to talk about the club. 

In Feminist Fight Club, acclaimed journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal story of her real-life fight club with a studied assessment of the gender gap that continues to plague the American workplace. With equal measures wit and rigor, Bennett provides the tactical strategiesand the camaraderieevery woman needs to fight back, as well as tools for the men who support the cause.

 

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Craving Lucy (The Lucy & Harris Novella Series Book 2)

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USA Today Bestselling Author Terri Anne Brownings New Adult series.

One kiss can change everything

I wished Id known that before Id kissed my best friend.

Things are different now. We cant go back. Im not even sure I want to go back. I guess the question is.

What happens now?




***WARNING***

This book does end in a cliffhanger and will be resolved in SHATTERING LUCY in 2016.


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