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Book Club

July 19. 2018 Memory Man, David Baldacci

From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a startling, original character: a man with perfect memory who must solve his own family's murder.

Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.​

Book Club

August 16, 2018 Everything here is Beautiful, Mira Lee

This novel is a work of art. Her book is lush with thought. In it, she covers such a wide range of topics, all extremely touching and each one generating intense feelings from immigration to mental illness to family.

Two sisters, Chinese American, raised in New York by a single mother, the eldest, Miranda, whose self-appointed role is to look out for her younger sibling. Lucia, the younger, marries a man, who couldn’t be more her opposite, and there was something about him that I found him to be one of the highlights of the story. Several other characters cross her path who are so colorful and add such depth and warmth. One, in particular, was really striking.
While Lucia’s state of mind is challenging to contend with, Miranda does everything in her power to help maintain a relationship with her sister.

Always on the move, Lucia meets Manny. Life for each of them is never going to be as it was.

When a story leads you down paths you never would have conjured, introduces you to people you probably would not meet in real life, languages you didn’t know you wanted to know, opens your eyes to different kinds of love, shows you compassion for things that you might not have understood before, this is beautiful.