The Alice Network

Kate Quinn, 2017

An exciting, historical novel about two women, a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I, and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947.  The two are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

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Best Kind of People

Zoe Whittall, 2016

Consequences of an accusation and how it affects a family, school and town.  When popular science  teacher, George Woodbury is accused of sexual misconduct, the  lives of his wife and children are torn apart.  This book explores the way a crime, or supposed crime, can implicate all.  This book was a finalist for the Giller Prize for Canadian fiction.

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Born a Crime

Trevor Noah, 2016

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. He was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother.   At the time such a union was punishable by five years inprisonment. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.

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Alternate Side

Anna Quindlen, 2018

Life in a tight-knit upper West Side neighborhood and a seemingly happy marriage are exposed by an unexpected act of violence.  This very readable novel explores one woman’s experiences across lines of money, class and self-discovery.  Quindlin captures the beauty and fragility of family life.

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Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, 2006

This searing novel explores the cost and ramifications of war as Biafra struggles to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria in the late 1960’s.  Half of a Yellow Sun is an evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.  Adichie has written an epic  with unforgettable characters about the brutality of war and its harrowing effects on those who survive.

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