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THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS / Michel Faber

Summary from Goodreads: It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC.   His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are ...
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HOME | Marilynne Robinson

I read Gilead a few years back and I was instantly captivated by the elegance of the narrative. There is a quiet strength in the beauty and simplicity of Marilynne Robinson's prose. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me want to weep each time I read her books. In Home, it was no different. Glory Boughton is back in her childhood home in Gilead where her minister father of advanced years, Rev. Robert Boughton, has been staying in for years. What exactly brought Glory back to Gilead is gradually revealed in the story and a few weeks afterwards, her errant brother, Jack, surpr...
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THE NIGHT CIRCUS | Erin Morgenstern

Summary from Amazon: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing...
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WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS | Kazuo Ishiguro

Summary from Goodreads: England, 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him; the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in Old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Now, as the world lurches towards total war, Banks realises the time has come for him to return to the city of his childhood and at last solve the mystery - that only by his doing so will civilisation be saved from the approaching catastrophe. Moving between London and Shanghai of the inter-war years, When We Were...
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The Reading Club Book #2: NOT BY SIGHT by Jon Bloom

After the successful first book discussion last December, we were eager to start our second book which was John Piper's Desiring God. It turned out, though, that the book was very hard to chew and digest so we were constrained to drop it after one chapter (ooops, sorry Mr. Piper) and select a new, simpler one which turned out to be Jon Bloom's Not By Sight. This is by no means a complaint on the first book. Personally, I would love to finish the book but at my own pace and time. It's a gem to read and John Piper writes with strong passion and intellect but I need more time to contemplate the t...
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