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Find monthly adult fiction titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:
His Only Wife
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods.
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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss
Anderson Cooper’s intensely busy career as a journalist for CNN and CBS’ 60 Minutes affords him little time to spend with his ninety-one year old mother. After she briefly fell ill, he and Gloria began a conversation through e-mail unlike any they had ever had before.
Subjects: Television journalists, Celebrities, Mothers and sons
Page count: 320
Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree
Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That’s not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark’s relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA.
Subjects: Mastectomy, Breast cancer, BRCA genes
Page count: 336
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The Silence Between Us
Maya has reservations about transferring to a hearing school after studying in a school for the deaf for years, but grows closer to Beau Watson, the student body president, who starts learning sign language to communicate with her.
Subjects: Deaf, Interpersonal relations, High schools
Page count: 317
Chicago teen Meri Beckley’s pride of living in a land of peace, prosperity, and truth crumbles when questions following her mother’s death reveal buried facts, especially that words can have great power.
Subjects: Grief, Honestly, Resistance to government
Page Count: 307
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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious!
Page count: 48
Soldier, Sister, Fly Home
Nancy Bo Flood
Half-Navajo, half-white sisters Tess and Gaby are separated when Gaby drops out of college to join the army. Now as Gaby is deployed to Iraq, she asks Tess to care for Blue, the spirited horse that Tess dislikes. Tess struggles with her identity and with missing her sister.
Page count: 144
Emily Elizabeth Davis has been told for her entire life that her destiny is to become a poet, just like her famous namesake, Emily Dickinson. But Emily doesn’t even really like poetry, and she has a secret career ambition that she suspects her mother will frown on.
Page count: 368