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Books for Lunch, March Edition

Not sure what to read this month? Here’s a short list from Books for Lunch, Wickson Library’s monthly gathering, where everyone is invited to share what they have been reading. You’ll find recommendations for Christian fiction, self-help, memoir, historical fiction, psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, and more.

When Crickets Cry: A Novel of the Heart by Charles Martin. This story is equal parts love story, medical thriller, and spiritual epiphany. “It’s one that you don’t want to put down.” – Karen

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain. This deep dive into grief and loss argues that “light and dark, birth and death—bitter and sweet—are forever paired.” This work of nonfiction reveals the power of a melancholic outlook on life and discusses why our culture is so blind to its value. “Quite enlightening and very engaging.” – Kate

I Take My Coffee Black: Reflections on Tupac, Musical Theater, Faith, and Being Black in America by Tyler Merritt. Cheri echoed one of Merritt’s refrains throughout the book: “Distance breeds suspicion. Proximity breeds empathy,” meaning, the more we know someone, the more empathy, understanding, and compassion we have for them.

The Librarian of Burned Books by Brianna Labuskes is a WWII-era novel about the intertwined fates of three women who believe in the power of books to triumph over the very darkest moments of war. “This one really got to me; I really liked it.” – Sheila

46 Days: Keeping Up with Jennifer Pharr Davis on the Appalachian Trail by Brew Davis. This story documents the fastest ever thru-hike of the Appalachian trail, completing an average of 50 miles per day. “It’s really quite an incredible story.” – Bill

Scarlet in Blue by Jennifer Murphy. One of twenty Michigan Notable Book Selections, and the topic of Wickson Library’s upcoming Notable Book Discussion on Wednesday, April 12, this psychological thriller is set in South Haven, Michigan during the 1960s. The book oscillates between three perspectives, is steeped in the world of mental health, and incorporates a heavy art focus. “I’m eager for you to read the book. The ending is open for interpretation.” – Beth

Fostered: One Woman’s Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family Through Foster Care by Tori Hope Petersen. This memoir sings with positivity, courage, and determination, despite endless struggles and oppression. “I really connected with it.” – Judy

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. Von enjoyed this historical novel inspired by a true story from World War II, where a young woman with a talent forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children escape the Nazis.

The Maid by Nita Prose. A murder mystery that reveals how all mysteries can be solved when listening to the clues of the heart. “Clearly written; easy to read.” – Sharon The next Books for Lunch gathering will take place on Tuesday, April 11 from 12:30-2:00pm. We’d love to see you there.

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