And, as always, I'm sharing those fifteen books with you.
Quotes from Will Schwalbe – “Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.”
“Books focused her mind, calmed her, took her outside of herself.”
“All readers have reading in common.”
Brown Bag Luncheon – Nov. 21, 2012
Adams, Jen – The Books They Gave Me – Collection of almost 200 stories submitted to Adams’ blog, TheBooksTheyGaveMe.com to capture how books change lives.
Bowen, Rhys – The Twelve Clues of Christmas – Lady Georgie accepts a job as hostess for a holiday party in Tiddleton-under-Lovey, where she becomes suspicious when a death occurs daily.
Cabot, Amanda – Christmas Roses – In Wyoming, in 1882, a young widow taking in boarder tells one of them she’ll remarry when a man gives her roses for Christmas.
Carlson, Melody – The Christmas Pony – Lucy knows better than to ask for a pony for Christmas when her widowed mother needs boarders in order to put food on the table in Depression-era Arizona.
Hearth, Amy Hill – Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society – The thought-provoking story of a woman from Boston who moves to Naples, FL in 1962, and turns the redneck town upside down with her book club and her radio show.
Macomber, Debbie – Angels at the Table – Macomber brings back her angels, Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy, and adds an apprentice to interfere in the lives of another couple and bring holiday romance.
MacRae, Molly – Last Wool and Testament – When Kath inherits her grandmother’s fiber & fabric shop, she also inherits a ghost and group of friends willing to prove her Granny wasn’t a killer.
March, Mia – The Meryl Streep Movie Club – Lolly Weller raised her nieces along with her daughter after a car crash killed their parents. Fifteen years later, when she calls them home to reveal she has cancer, it’s Meryl Streep movies that bring them together.
Marton, Kati – Paris: A Love Story – Memoir of her love of Paris & sharing it with her husbands, first Peter Jennings, then Richard Holbrooke.
Schwalbe, Will – The End of Your Life Book Club - Schwalbe’s book discussions with his mother during her cancer treatments allow them to reach out to each other.
Sloan, Robin – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – A clerk in a mysterious bookstore discovers an unusual group of clients, and gathers friends for a quest to find a secret.
Four of Lesa’s Favorites
Brett, Regina – God Never Blinks – 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours
Cannell, Stephen – King Con – The king of the con men plans one last great con to get even with a mobster.
Crusie, Jennifer & Bob Mayer – Agnes and the Hitman – A sexy, hilarious story combining a food writer named Cranky Agnes and a hitman named Shane, mixed together with a Southern Mob wedding, a missing necklace, flamingos, a dog named Rhett, and a frying pan.
Hoffman, Beth – Saving CeeCee Honeycutt – Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt’s tragic life is changed by her great-aunt, and an eccentric group of women in Savanna.