New Puzzles and Books August 18, 2020 – Posted in: Books, Gifts

Puzzles

For the Book Clubbers:
Jane Austen’s Book Club 1000 Piece Puzzle
This puzzle is for the avid reader and features novelists responsible for some of the world’s greatest literature: Jane Austen, Mary Shelly, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Zora Neale Hurston, and Virginia Woolf.

For the Peace Seekers:
Peace Be to This House 500 Piece Foil Puzzle
This puzzle offers a message of bountiful calm and gratitude and is for those who believe that a peaceful home is a happy home.

For the Bird Lovers:
Bouquet & Birds 500 Piece Round Puzzle
This beautiful puzzle is for those who appreciate vintage illustrations of nature’s birds, bouquets and butterflies.

For the Gardeners:
Plant Ladies 1000 Piece Puzzle
This puzzle is for those with a deep-rooted love of plants and a need to surround themselves with calming greenery.

Books

For those who enjoy a revealing and inspiring memoir: The Beauty in Breaking, by Michele Harper
“Riveting, heartbreaking, sometimes difficult, always inspiring.” —The New York Times Book Review

An African American emergency room physician reflects on how “the chaos of emergency medicine” helped her come to terms with a painful past and understand the true nature of healing. Though Harper grew up a member of the Washington, D.C. “black elite,” the beautiful homes she shared with her parents held a dark secret: domestic violence. Determined to “fix people” rather than hurt them the way her abusive father hurt her family, Harper became an ER doctor. Her path was difficult. After she accepted her first post-residency job, the man she had met at Harvard and later married walked away from their relationship. Braving a life on her own in a new city, night shifts in an urban hospital, and the life-and-death dramas of the ER ward, Harper began a period of intense soul-searching. Observations of her patients and the struggles they faced taught her abundant lessons in human brokenness—especially her own—and resilience.

For those who like literary eco-fiction: Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy
“A powerful climate novel” —The Los Angeles Times

Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the ocean’s tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget the losses that have haunted her life. But when the wild she loves begins to disappear, Franny can no longer wander without a destination. She arrives in remote Greenland with one purpose: to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns and track their final migration. She convinces Ennis Malone, captain of the Saghani, to take her onboard, winning over his eccentric crew with promises that the birds will lead them to fish. As the Saghani fights its way south, Franny’s dark history begins to unspool. Battered by night terrors, accumulating a pile of unsent letters, and obsessed with pursuing the terns at any cost, Franny is full of secrets. When her quest threatens the safety of the entire crew, Franny must ask herself what she is really running toward―and running from.

For those who like social criticism embedded into a Gothic tale: Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“Jane Eyre meets Dracula in this sharp, inventive Mexican Gothic tale.” —NPR

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom. Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

For those who prefer a journalist’s account of far away places: Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town, by Barbara Demick
Lifts the veil on China’s remote, turbulent fringe.” —The Economist

Just as she did with North Korea, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick explores one of the most hidden corners of the world. She tells the story of a Tibetan town perched eleven thousand feet above sea level that is one of the most difficult places in all of China for foreigners to visit. Ngaba was one of the first places where the Tibetans and the Chinese Communists encountered one another and 1958 marks the year that the Chinese Communists first enacted what they called democratic reforms. They herded everybody into communes. They took away their animals. They took away their cooking supplies and started what would really be decades of forced starvation. Tibetans just use the term ’58 the way we do 911. It’s shorthand for the disaster. It was a long time ago, but there’s never been an apology. And those memories really fuel a lot of the current unhappiness. Do they resist the Chinese, or do they join them? Do they adhere to Buddhist teachings of compassion and nonviolence, or do they fight?

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