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Staff Picks March 2020

Kathy's Pick    

 Young Hiram was born into bondage.  When his mother was sold awaya, Hiram robbed of all memory of her-but was gifted with a mysterious power.  Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life.  This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape the only home he's ever known.

This is tha story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men and children-the violent and capricious seperation of families- and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved.

Jill's Pick

The march sisters-reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy and shy Beth-have grown up to pursue their seperate dreams.  When Jo follows her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and a secret food blogger.

Meg appears to have the life she always planned-the handsome husband, the addorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision.  But sometimes getting everything you've ever wanted isn't all it's cracked up to be.

When their mother's illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they'll rediscover what really matters.

Jill's Non-Fiction pick

Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even more treterous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school.  In Africa, she slept in a tent, cooked over a camp fire and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying.  She could weild a spear as easily as a pencil, and it wasn't unusual to be chased by lions or elephants on any given day.  But for the months of the year when her family lived in the United States, this brave kid from the bush was cowed by the far more treacherous landscape of the preppy, private school sociala hierarchy.

 

Theresa's Pick

 This is an entrancing novel that speaks to the marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in all of us in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.  

Aging and reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.  But when she chooses an unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is mor astounded that Monique herself.  Why her?  Why Now?

Amanda's Pick

In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no motherever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge.  Not only is Olivia brain dead, she's pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive.  And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivia's wrists.

 

Kate's Pick

Alicia Berenson's life is seemingly perfect.  A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London's mpst desirable areas.  One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.  

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