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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
The Rosie Effect

janmah51, March 5, 2015

Rosie and Don have moved to New York City. Don teaches at Columbia and Rosie is working on her Ph.D. Their friend, Gene has left Claudia and moved in with them. Rosie drops the bombshell they are pregnant. Don reacts like you'd expect he would. After the dust settles, he sets out to research baby growth and development. His office/bathroom has white tiles. He draws a picture of the baby in each tile as it develops. He calls the baby BUD, Baby Under Development. In his research on fatherhood he gets in trouble with the law, and many other awkward moments occur as well. Rosie is very involved with the pregnancy and baby and begins to doubt Don's ability to be a good father. If you loved The Rosie Project, you should read this book. It is not as sweet but the story is a good sequel to the first book.
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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir by Abigail Thomas
What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

janmah51, October 30, 2014

At the heart of this book is a friendship between Abigail and a man she met 35 years ago, Chuck Verrill. The chapters are short, the writing also short and somewhat choppy but it doesn't effect the power of the story. Abigail's husband has died, her daughter diagnosed with an illness and her dog also dies. Chuck is there throughout everything, a steadfast friend. She writes, and when she can't she paints on glass. She paints a forest on the glass, starts scraping away some of the paint, turns it over and it's an ocean. This is a lovely memoir reflecting on aging, family and friendship. It is a fast read but a good one. I enjoyed it.
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And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
And the Dark Sacred Night

janmah51, September 18, 2014

What really makes a family a family? This book addresses this question and explores how choices made in our youth shape our future.
Kit Noonan is stuck. He's an unemployed art history teacher. He couldn't finish writing a book required to keep his job. He finds himself unable to be motivated to do much of anything. His wife suggests he needs to find out who his father really was. Kit spends time with the father who raised him, Jasper who tells him to contact Lucinda Burns. It turns out Lucinda has the answers Kit needs.
This book has a lot of characters and the journey is not an easy one. I enjoyed it and moved by the story.
I won this book from the Reading Group Center Facebook page.
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Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
Bones Never Lie

janmah51, August 12, 2014

Forensic anthropologist, Temperance Brennan is called in to the Charlotte PD's Cold Case Unit. She meets up again with detective Andrew Ryan. Anique Pemerleau has been linked to murder victims in Vermont and North Carolina, and earlier had almost killed Brennan. Another child is taken and Brennan and Ryan have to stop the killings.
This is a great series, interesting characters and great action. In this book a lot of storylines are neatly wrapped up. The ending is very satisfying on several different levels. If you love this series and the TV show Bones, this is a must read.
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The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
The Last Forever

janmah51, June 25, 2014

Tessa is 17 when her mother dies. Her father isn't much help as he is grieving and in a daze. They take a road trip the ends up on Parrish Island where he leaves Tess with her grandmother, Jenny. Through the whole trip, she has carried a rare plant called a pixieball that belonged to her mom. Only the further she travels the plant becomes sicker and sicker. She is afraid she'll loose the last tread to her mother and seeks to find a way to heal the little plant. She meets Henry Lark and falls in love. This is an emotional and sometimes funny book. It explores the dynamics of grief and how different people deal with it.
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