Book Club Kit: The Sandcastle Girls

Sandcastle Girls cover imageThe Sandcastle Girls
By Chris Bohjalian
First Published 2012
10 Copies & Reading Guide

When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. After leaving Aleppo and traveling into Egypt to join the British Army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, realizing that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American.

Years later, their American granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.

Reader’s Guide:
Random House

Reviews & Articles:
The Washington Post – “Chris Bohjalian’s ‘The Sandcastle Girls’ Relives the Armenian Genocide” by Eugenia Zukerman
The Armenian Weekly – “The Kernel That Led to the Novel, The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian
Lonely Planetmap of Armenia

Author’s Website:

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Toby’s Room by Pat Barker
Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd
The Burning Tigris by Peter Balakian

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Book Club Kit: Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild cover imageWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
By Cheryl Strayed
First Published: 2012
10 Copies & Reading Guide

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered, and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Reading Guide:
Random House – Includes a Summary, Author Bio, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

NPR – “A Walk on the Wild Side” by Michael Schaub
New York Times – “The High Road Wild, a Hiking Memoir” by Dani Shapiro

Author’s Website:

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Home is a Roof Over a Pig by Aminta Arrington
The Old Ways: A Journey on foot by Robert MacFarlane
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Book Club Kit: The Shoemaker’s Wife

The Shoemakers Wife cover imageThe Shoemaker’s Wife
By Adriana Trigiani
First Published: 2012
10 Copies & Reading Guide

The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the twentieth century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza’s family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I as Enza begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House. Over time, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Inspired by Adriana Trigiani’s own family history and the love of tradition, The Shoemaker’s Wife defines an era with operatic scope that will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.

Reading Guide:
Harper Collins – Includes a Summary, Author Bio, and Discussion Questions

Publisher’s Weekly
Kirkus Review

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Elizabeth Street: a Novel Based on True Events by Laurie Fabiano
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy

Book Club Kit: The Hour I First Believed

Hour I First BelievedThe Hour I First Believed
By Wally Lamb
First Published: 2008
10 Copies & Reading Guide

When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. When Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family’s Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

Reading Guide:
Harper Collins – Includes a Summary, Author Bio, and Discussion Questions

BooklistReview by Joanne Wilkinson
Kirkus ReviewReview

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Columbine by David Cullen
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We Recommend…Ghostman

GhostmanGhostman by Roger Hobbs
Available Formats: Hardcover | Audiobook | eBook

“Ghostman” is a first novel by Roger Hobbs, written between his junior and senior years at Reed College. He sent the manuscript off to a publisher the day he graduated! A few weeks later it caused an uproar at a book fair in Germany. His senior thesis focused on creating suspense in a story, and he definitely does that in this novel. We never actually learn the name of the Ghostman since he has many names and the supporting licenses, passports, credit cards, etc. to back those names. He is an expert at changing his appearance so that he is unrecognizable even to those who have met him. He is a master thief and works with other master thieves. When he is called upon to find the million dollars that was stolen from a casino in Atlantic City, he not only has to find the money, but he also finds himself in between two powerful men—one a master thief and one a drug lord—who both want the money for different reasons. This is an amazing first novel, very suspenseful and different from the usual thrillers.

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The Keller series by Lawrence Block

Listened to a good book lately?

OneClickDigitalWe’ve talked a lot about our 3M Cloud Library eBook collection lately, but we haven’t forgotten about the eBooks digital cousin: downloadable audio books. With our OneClick Digital service, you can download audio books to your home computer with the OCD Media Manager to listen on your PC or to transfer to your MP3 player. You can also listen on the go by downloading the OneClick digital app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android devices.

Our OneClick Digital collection from RecordedBooks is constantly growing with new titles added regularly. Below we’ve shared a few hidden gems in our collection:

OneClick Digital

Be sure to check out our previous posts for additional titles and tips on using the OneClick Digital platform:

If you have any issues along the way with downloading an audiobook or installing the media manager, check out OneClick Digital’s Support site for step-by-step instructions, video tutorials, and more.

New Mystery & Suspense eAudiobook Titles!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our “June is Audiobook Month” coverage. If you’ve missed any of our posts, check out our blog for eAudio titles in Sci-Fi, Children’s, and more. This last post is for the Mystery & Suspense fans!

If you’re a Stephen King fan, try Gillian Flynn’s novels Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Her novels are dark, haunting thrillers perfect for those times when you’re looking for something that isn’t quite horror, but still creepy.

Are you a Stuart Woods fan? We have titles from both his Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle series:

Or you could always travel back in time to the 1950s and solve crimes with Flavia de Luce:

We also have titles available by Dean Koontz, Jo Nesbo, and John Grisham. To find out how to find more by your favorite author or to suggest a title, review our past posts.

Don’t have a way to listen to our eAudiobooks? That’s OK, there are more ways to listen:

  • Search the catalog to see what titles are available from your favorite authors on audiobook. Simply do a keyword search for an author’s name. Make sure you LIMIT BY “Audio Book” and SEARCH BY “Author”.
  • If you don’t want the hassle of handling all those discs, try a Playaway – a small device loaded with the entire book! You can find only Playaways by doing a keyword search for “Playaway” and SEARCH BY “Author”.

If you’re ever struggling to find a book to read, remember to check out our great Readers’ Advisory resources.

Happy Listening!

New eAudiobook Titles: Humor

Looking for a few laughs on your next road trip? Need a giggle for your commute home after a rough day? We’ve got a fun selection of downloadable audiobooks just for you!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling — The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor gives us insights into her childhood and her experiences as a writer and producer in Hollywood.

You’re Not Doing it Right by Michael Ian Black — The popular comedian’s debut memoir about his childhood, being a father, and his career.

My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler – Find out where it all began, listen to Handler’s first collection of life-stories.

Looking for a little snark with your humor? Listen to Jen Lancaster’s first three books, each narrated perfectly by Jamie Heinlein.

More funny here:

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you can download the app. With the app you can browse our collection, check out items, and listen on the go.

If you have any problems with the app, review the help page or let the OneClickDigital technical staff know by filling out the Support Form.

New Children’s eAudioBooks!

If you’re looking for books for younger listeners, good news! We’ve added a variety of titles just for you to our downloadable audiobook collection!

Fans of Never Land tales? Try Gail Carson Levine’s Fairies series:

Want a giggle while you listen? Try Sara Pennypacker’s Clementine books:

Are you a fan of legal thrillers? Try John Grisham’s series about a legal whiz kid:

Looking for a fantasy adventure series filled with magic & monsters? Try The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott:

If you have a title you’d like to suggest, click on “My Collections”, then “Recommend Title” and enter the information for the title you’d like to see added to the collection. (Unfortunately, not all titles are available for purchase.)

No way to listen to our downloadable audiobooks? Check the PCLD catalog for Audiobooks on CD, we have thousands of titles available for listeners of any age!

New Romance eAudioBook Titles!

June is Audiobook Month and to celebrate we’ve added new titles to our downloadable audiobook collection!

Heard a lot about the Fifty Shades series, but would rather listen than read? We’ve got you covered! We’ve just added the series to our collection:

Additional formats: Paperback

Are you a fan of Mystery AND Romance? Try the In Death series by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). The series follows Lt Eve Dallas as she investigates a variety of crimes in a futuristic New York City.

Want more Romance? Try…

Want to find more by a particular author or in a series while using OneClickDigital? When you’re on the page for a specific title, simply click on “Find more by Author” or “Find more by Series”. While we don’t have multiple titles for every author in our eAudiobook, you might be surprised just how many Stephen King or Danielle Steel titles we have!

Keep checking back each week in June to discover titles added to the collection and search tips for using the PCLD catalog & OneClickDigital.