p/s Book descriptions by Amazon.com…
October Week 1
The Little Prisoner : A Memoir
by Jane Elliot
When Jane Elliott was four years old, the nightmare began. She became the helpless victim of a sociopath—bullied, dominated, and sexually abused by a man only fourteen years her senior: her stepfather. For nearly two decades she was held prisoner, both physically and emotionally. But at the age of twenty-one she escaped . . . and then she fought back.
The Little Prisoner is the shocking, astonishing, and ultimately uplifting true story of one woman’s shattering twenty-year ordeal—and how she triumphed against an evil and violent human monster when honesty and bravery were her only weapons.
October Week 2
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.
October Week 3
If You Could See Me Now
by Cecilia Ahern
Readers and critics alike adore Cecelia Ahern for her lighthearted yet insightful stories about modern women and their often unusual situations. In If You Could See Me Now, she takes that theme a step further, offering us a heroine who is entirely believable, and the new man in her life who is, well, slightly less so.
Elizabeth Egan’s life runs on order: Both her home and her emotions are arranged just so, with little room for spontaneity. It’s how she counteracts the chaos of her family — an alcoholic mother who left when she was young, an emotionally distant father, and a free-spirited sister, who seems to be following in their mother’s footsteps, leaving her own six-year old son, Luke, in Elizabeth’s care. When Ivan, Luke’s mysterious new grown-up friend, enters the picture, Elizabeth doesn’t know quite what to make of him. With his penchant for adventure and colorful take on things large and small, Ivan opens Elizabeth’s eyes to a whole new way of living. But is it for real? Is Ivan for real?
If You Could See Me Now is a love story with heart — and just a touch of magic.
October Week 4
Budget is the New Black
by Claire Betita de Guzman
With a fabulous job, designer outfits, a posh flat, and glamorous trips abroad, fashionista and public relations executive Sabbie Chua seems to have it made/ And when she manages to snag a big client for her firm, it seems as though there s nowhere else for her career to go but up. All she needs is the man of her dreams and, well, she s almost there, if she can get hunky architect Gil to finally commit to being her boyfriend. But the course of true love doesn t run smooth and her high-flying life comes crashing to a halt after a crushing heartbreak and a major, humiliating office gaffe. When Sabbie has to bid goodbye to her thousand-dollar handbags and expensive high heels and say hello to thriftstore finds and a penny-pinching life, she discovers that going from high maintenance gal to low-budget babe is no easy struggle…And that s before she got wind of how much she needed to pay off her credit card bill…