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Towards Zero | by Agatha Christie

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Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
(Dodd/Mead, 1986, 242 pages)

Audio, lesser-known Christie, superb

4/5 stars

Fiction · Quick Read! · Theresa F

What Alice Forgot | by Liane Moriarty

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2011, 432 pages)

This is the third book I’ve read by this author and she has mom culture down to a “T”! It is not as strong as Big Little Lies but it’s still full of the plots twists that make her books hard to put down. It will make you think about what you would miss out on if you forgot the last 10 years of your life and like Alice there are probably some things you would rather forget!

You can also check out reviews of this title from Julia and Sadie.

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.  So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…” –

Fiction · In the Library · SCC Book Club · Theresa F

Undermajordomo Minor | by Patrick deWitt

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
(Ecco, 2015, 317 pages)

I loved this quirky little novel! It was a great way to end SCC’s Between the Covers book club for the semester!

For a more in-depth review, please check out Julia’s post.

A love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners, Undermajordomo Minor is Patrick deWitt’s long-awaited follow-up to the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Sisters Brothers. Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux.” –

Fiction · In the Library · SCC Book Club · Theresa F · Young Adult

Bone Gap | by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
(Balzer + Bray, 2015, 345 pages)

I loved this quirky little novel! I’m glad it was picked as one of SCC’s Between the Covers book club titles! You can check out Julia’s review for more information about the book.

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.  As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.” –

Fiction · Historical Fiction · Mystery · Theresa F · Thriller

The Good German | by Joseph Kanon

The Good German

The Good German by Joseph Kanon
(Picador, 2006, 482 pages)

I was reading a review of Kanon’s new novel Leaving Berlin which referred to The Good German and made me want to read it. I had seen the movie but there really isn’t much similarity between the two. It was a great thriller with good historical detail about Berlin immediately following the end of World War II.

The bestselling author of Los Alamos returns to 1945. Hitler has been defeated, and Berlin is divided into zones of occupation. Jake Geismar, an American correspondent who spent time in the city before the war, has returned to write about the Allied triumph while pursuing a more personal quest: his search for Lena, the married woman he left behind. When an American soldier’s body is found in the Russian zone during the Potsdam Conference, Jake stumbles on the lead to a murder mystery. The Good German is a story of espionage and love, an extraordinary recreation of a city devastated by war, and a thriller that asks the most profound ethical questions in its exploration of the nature of justice, and what we mean by good and evil in times of peace and of war.” –