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Young midwife Mary Sutter dreams of becoming a surgeon, but in 19th century Albany, New York, her gender is a huge obstacle. The start of the Civil War changes everything for Mary. This debut novel is full of fascinating historical details of medicine, war, politics and the role of women.
On a hot July morning, twelve individuals set off on a guided raft trip down the Colorado River. From the outset, we wonder if the guides will be able to pull this disparate group together and complete a successful 12 day journey. Add to the mix, a stray dog found along the way and troubles multiply. The challenges found along the river reveal rifts and bonds among the travelers. Some show surprising reserves of courage and others learn humility, the hard way. Full of the beauty and excitement of a wild ride through the Grand Canyon, the story quickly involves the reader in the journey.
Meet Elisabeth Hyde at the Highlands Ranch Library on July 15 at 7 p.m.
Iris, the postmistress in a small Massachusetts town, and Frankie, an ambitious journalist working for Edward R Murrow in London, experience World War II very differently. As fate weaves their stories together both are touched by their experiences in ways both harrowing and enriching.
This novel brings to life rich characters and illustrates the struggles faced by civilians in this country and in Europe during a crucial time in our shared history.
Set on a remote island in the middle of the Great Lakes, The Tale of Halcyon Crane is an entertaining mix of Gothic mystery, ghost story and family saga. Hallie James has grown up thinking her mother died in a fire when Hallie was a little girl. Now with the receipt of a letter, she learns that her mother has just died and left her a century old house on Grand Manitou Island. She also learns that her loving father actually faked his death and hers to get her off the island, away from her mother and away from the strange happenings on the island. This is Webb’s first novel and discussion questions are available for reading groups.
The fourth book in this series takes our heroine, Adelia, back to her native Sicily. After seven years of doing the bidding of King Henry II of England, Adelia sees a means of escape. But the King has made sure she has a reason to return. As the title suggests, the trip is fraught with intrigue and death as Adelia and her protectors match wits with an old enemy.
David McCullough redeemed John Adams in his Pulitzer Prize winning biography and here is your chance to meet the incredible woman who loved him. Abigail Adams was not only one of the finest writers of her age, she passionately campaigned for women’s education, denounced sex discrimination, and matched wits not only with her brilliant husband, but with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. You go, girl!
Finally, this fifth book in the Minneapolis cop series is available and it’s definitely worth the wait. Cops Leo and Gino are trying to solve a series of murders that make horrific use of the internet. As always, they solicit the help of their cybersleuth friends at Monkeewrench. What makes this series work is the combination of likable characters and a rather odd crime fighting team. Don’t be afraid to dive right in, you’ll catch up fast!
Author Maggie O’Farrell is fond of playing with identities and her fourth novel, The Hand That First Held Mine, is no exception. The story follows two couples whose lives seem completely disconnect. In post-war London we meet young and vibrant Lexie, who has morphed from country-girl Sandra, to headstrong Alexandra, to independent Lexie under the influence of the enthralling magazine editor, Innes Kent. In the present time we meet Ted and Elina immediately after the difficult birth of their son. Elina’s near-death experience has left her confused and disoriented as she gropes with new motherhood. For Ted the experience of fatherhood has dredged up suppressed memories that are equally disorienting.