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Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
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My four suggestions:

1. Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (Non-fiction, 1915, :Luxury liner, Epic disaster)

"On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship--the fastest then in service--could outrun any threat. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige.

Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger's U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history."--Publisher description

2. Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (Historical fiction, 18th dynasty royal family of Eqypt)

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family's past and remake history. Nefertari has been left to run wild in the palace, but catches the eye of the Crown Prince. All of Egypt opposes this union, and political adversity sets the country on edge.

3. Silver Star by Jeannette Walls (coming of age story, 1970's, California)

1970: Two motherless sisters--Bean. twelve, and Liz, fifteen--are shuttled to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in their family for generations. When school starts in the fall, Bean easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz becomes increasingly withdrawn. Then something happens to Liz and Bean is left to challenge the injustice of the adult world.

4. Glory over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, has a deadly secret that compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

Published in 2010, The Kitchen House became a grassroots bestseller. Fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that the author, Kathleen Grissom, found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?” The wait is finally over.

This new, stand-alone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.

Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it out alive.

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7/8/17 3:19 P

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I emoticon and our book discussions.

Who's interested in picking an author from our 'discussion books read' list to come up with 5 titles to vote on?

For anyone new to the discussions: we try to read books with less than 400 pages and a title that is not hard to come by, as in a new release, popular best-seller.

Here's the list (pretty sure it is complete, if not let me know if I missed an author):

Here's a list of our previous book discussions sorted by author:

Ackerman, Diane -- The Zookeeper's Wife (2009)
Allende, Elizabeth -- Daughter of Fortune (2010)
Beaton, M C -- The Highland Christmas (2009)
Benjamin, Melanie -- Alice I have Been (2011) (Debut novel)
Berg, Elizabeth -- The Art of Mending (2011)
Boyle, T.C. -- The Women (2013)

Bradley, Alan -- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (2011) (Debut novel)
Bradley, Alan -- A Red Herring without Mustard (2014)

Cain, Susan: Quiet: The Power of Introverts (2014)
Carr, Caleb -- The Alienist
Christie, Agatha -- 13 Problems (aka The Tuesday Club murders)
Collins, Suzanne -- The Hunger Games (2012) ; Catching Fire (2012)
Collins, Wilkie -- The Woman in White

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa -- The Language of Flowers (2012) (Debut novel)

Ffjorde, Jasper -- The Eyre Affair (2009)
Finney, Jack -- Time and Again (2017)
Follett, Ken -- Pillars of the Earth

Gaiman, Neil -- American Gods ; Stardust
Genova, Lisa -- Still Alice (2013) (Debut novel)
Gilbert, E -- Eat Pray Love (up to section on India)
George, Alex -- A Good American (2012) (Debut Novel)
Gregory, Philippa -- The Constant Princess ; The White Queen (2012)
Grissom, Kathleen - The Kitchen House (2015)
Gruen, Sara -- Water for Elephants (Debut Novel)
Hannah, Kristin -- Winter Garden (2012) ; Home Front (2013)
Horan, Nancy -- Loving Frank (2013) (Debut novel)
Houxley, Aldous -- A Brave New World
King, Stephen -- Eyes of the Dragon
Larsen, Erik -- In the Garden of Beasts (2012)
Maguire, Gregory -- Wicked
Mayhew, Anna Jean -- The Dry Grass of August (Debut novel)
Moran, Michelle -- Madame Tussaud (2012)
Moran, Michelle -- Cleopatra's Daughter (2013)
Naslund, Sena Jeter -- Abundance
Niffenegger, Audrey -- The Time Traveler's Wife (Debut novel)
Patchett, Anne -- State of Wonder (2013)
Patterson, James -- The Quickie
Perry, Anne -- The Face of a Stranger (2013)
Picoult, Jodi -- Plain Truth ; The Pact (2009) ; Keeping Faith (2011)
Powers, Richard -- The Echo Maker
Rubin, Gretchen -- The Happiness Project (2012) (Debut non-fiction)
Sebold, Alice -- The Lovely Bones
See, Lisa -- Snowflower & The Secret Fan
Setterfield, Diane -- The Thirteenth Tale (Debut novel)
Schusterman, Neal -- Unwind (2013)
Shaffer, Mary Ann -- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2010) (Debut novel)

Stockett, Kathryn - The Help (2011) (Debut novel)
Tracy, P J -- Monkeewrench (book 1) (Debut novel) ; Live Bait
Tsukiyama, Gail -- A Hundred Flowers (2012)

Walls, Jeanette -- The Glass Castle (Debut non-fiction) and Half Broke Horses (2011)
Weir, Andy - The Martian

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz -- The Shadow of the Wind (2009)
Zuzak, Marcus -- The Book Thief (Debut novel)

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