The Boy in the Moon by Ian Brown

9780312675417The Boy in the Moon
by Ian Brown
(7/12)

An emotionally honest look at raising a child with an extremely rare genetic disease.  A beautifully written memoir portraying the incredible journey one father experiences in order to understand, accept, and help his son find his place in society.  This book brings up many issues about our healthcare system, caregiving, and compassion.

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The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

9780307739780The End of Your Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe
(9/12)

An incredibly moving memoir about the power of books.  Schwalbe formed a book group with his remarkable mother during her cancer treatment which provided them both comfort and insight during a difficult time.  A great list of the titles they read together shows the range of topics and genres they discussed.  This is a perfect book group read.

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A Good American by Alex George

9780425253175A Good American
by Alex George
(pub. 2/12)

A touching multigenerational novel about a German immigrant family and their gradual assimilation into American society.  The reader sees the family live through wars, marriages, work, birth and death and we see our own family through their stories.  This is a very different type of immigrant novel as the author explores what it means to be a good American.

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The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

9780316126670The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach
(pub. 8/11)

This clever novel uses baseball as a metaphor for life.  The characters often find fielding plays on the ball field easier than dealing with problems off the field.  Finding one’s passion and accepting one’s limitations are central to this debut novel full of memorable characters.  Perfect for book groups.

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The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

9780446698894The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner
(pub. 1/09)

This is both an amusing and informative account of one man’s experience traveling the world on a quest to discover which country contains the happiest residents and why.  We learn much about the 10 countries, and the author’s findings on what contributes to happiness are very surprising.  Readers will surely find the observations about America’s happiness quotient very insightful.

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