For Jackie Pierce, everything changed the summer of 1979, when she spent three months of infinite freedom at her bohemian uncle’s sprawling estate on the California coast. As musicians and artists gathered at The Sandcastle for the season, Jackie and her cousin Willa fell into a fast friendship. When Jackie returns to the iconic estate 20 years later, she discovers a dark secret that she’s kept all these years may not be the truth after all.
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The spine of the month is Ehsenah Sadr's "A Door Between Us", a harrowing tale of love, family and the fight for what's right. Set against the backdrop of the 2009 Iranian election and ensuing Green Wave protests, this story demonstrates that there is more that brings us together than that which separates us, if only we would take the time to notice.
Growing up, Antonia "Toni" Bennett's guitar was her only companion, until she met Sebastian Quick. Seb was a little older, a lot wiser, and he became Toni's way out, promising they'd escape their small town together. Then Quick turned eighteen and split without looking back. Now, Toni is all grown up and making a name for herself in the indie rock scene. She again crosses paths with Quick. Quick may just hold the key to her future..and her heart.
Our June book title of the month is Exit by Belinda Bauer. This dark thriller explores just how quickly a seemingly innocent act of service can go terribly wrong. When Felix lets himself in to Number 3 Black Lane, he’s there to perform an act of kindness and charity: to keep a dying man company as he takes his final breath. But just fifteen minutes later, Felix is on the run from the police – after making the biggest mistake of his life.
July's book title is Lola Shoneyin's "The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives". Set in modern-day Nigeria, this tale explores marriage, family and power. For Baba Segi, his wives and gaggle of children are a symbol of prosperity, success, and a validation of his manhood. All is well in this patriarchal home, until Baba arrives with wife number four, a quiet, college-educated, young woman named Bolanle who will turn the lives of the first three wives upside down.
Against the Loveless World is a fictional novel that follows a young Palestinian refugee as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East.
T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight.
In 1986, 26-year old Ruth visits a friend at the hospital when she notices that the door to one of the hospital rooms is painted red. She witnesses nurses drawing straws to see who would tend to the patient inside, all of them reluctant to enter the room. This deeply moving and elegiac memoir honors the extraordinary life of Ruth Coker Burks and the beloved men who fought valiantly for their lives with AIDS during a most hostile and misinformed time in America.
Hana Khan's family-run halal restaurant is on its last legs. So when a flashy competitor gets ready to open nearby, she turns to her anonymously-hosted podcast, and her lively and long-lasting relationship with one of her listeners, for advice. But a hate-motivated attack on their neighborhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana's growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival business. Who might not be a stranger after all...
April’s title is Rebecca Reid’s “The Truth Hurts”. In this twisty, compelling thriller, a young woman quickly embarks on what she thinks is the relationship and love of a lifetime, and she's thrilled when her new husband insists they follow one rule: they don't talk about the past, but it's a rule that has dangerous consequences. Author Rebecca Reid will join our book club meeting.
Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother. Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical. Child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time. Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her—people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They will take care of Carol for good; all Jazz has to do is kill a stranger.
In India, a boy named Kalki is born with blue skin. His family makes a living off of the pilgrims who seek the child’s blessings and miracles, believing young Kalki to be the tenth human incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. In Kalki’s tenth year, he is confronted with three trials that will test his power and prove his divine status, but Kalki begins to question his divinity.
A scientist searching for an Alzheimer’s cure throws a switch—and finds herself mysteriously transported into her husband’s body. What begins as a botched experiment will change her life—and the world—forever… Twenty years later, all across the planet, “flash” technology allows individuals the ability to transfer their consciousness. A sordid black market emerges where desperate “vessels” anonymously rent out their bodies, no questions asked...
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