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The Sisters

by Nancy Jensen

#1 Indie Next Pick in Hardcover

“Jensen’s likable story argues for openness and forgiveness between sisters.” —People

“Nancy Jensen is a gifted storyteller.” —USA Today

“Whatever we carry inside us shapes everyone we touch,” one character concludes. It is a fitting reflection in a novel that movingly shows how the forces of love and hope inevitably bind families together, and how each human life emerges 'out of the ashes of so many' who have gone before."--The New York Times Book Review

Book Description

Family secrets reverberate for generations in one of the "Best Novels of 2011" (Kirkus Reviews)

Growing up without a mother in hardscrabble Kentucky in the 1920s, Bertie Fischer and her older sister, Mabel, have only each other--with perhaps a sweetheart for Bertie waiting in the wings. But on the day that Bertie graduates from eighth grade, good intentions go terribly wrong, setting off a chain of misunderstandings that will change the lives of the next three generations.

What happens when nothing turns out as you planned? From the Depression through the second world war and Vietnam, and smaller events both tragic and joyful, Bertie and Mabel forge unexpected identities that are shaped by a past that no one ever talks about. Gorgeously written, with extraordinary insight and emotional truth, Nancy Jensen's brilliant first novel, The Sisters, illuminates the far-reaching power of family and family secrets.

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Mariage Freres Marco Polo Tea

For this journey, you will need a companion who is strong and has a comforting presence, at your side. Mariage Freres, the famed teamakers, have crafted a tea named after one of history's most intrepid travelers, Marco Polo.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

This recipe is from the NYT's Reader Recipes feature and promises two things:  one, it can be whipped up at the spur of the moment and two, the cake has been an integral part of many great conversations. 

Mumford & Sons:  Babel

 Lush, soulful, just plain beautiful--Mumford & Sons speaks to the price paid for unspoken words, misunderstandings and the fight for redemption in their newest album Babel. 

"Press my nose up to the glass around your heart...
You'll build your walls and I will play my bloody part
To tear, tear them down"--Babel

"But the ghosts that we knew made us black and all blue
But we will live a long life
And the ghosts that we knew
Will flicker from view
And we'll live a long life"
--Ghosts that We Knew

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Think About It

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." - Paul Boese

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The Fault in Our Stars
Barbara Schulz
McLits Book Club
Hilton Head, SC
16 books


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