A CLOSER LOOK AT JULY’S

SIX BOOK CLUB-WORTHY TITLES

THIS LITTLE LIGHT

By Lori Lansens

THE BOOK

The year is 2024. Rory Anne Miller and her best friend are on the run after they are accused of bombing their posh Californian high school during an American Virtue Ball. There’s a bounty on their heads and a social media storm of trolls flying around them, not to mention a posse of law enforcement, attack helicopters and drones trying to track them down. Rory’s mom, a social activist and lawyer, has been arrested and implicated in her daughter’s alleged crimes while her estranged father cooperates with authorities.

This Little Light exists in a universe of gated communities, born-again Christians, Probationary Citizens (once known as “Dreamers”), re-criminalized abortion and birth control, teenage virginity oaths and something called the Red Market, which is either a Conservative bogey-man created to further polarize the “base” or a criminal network making money from selling unwanted babies to whomever wants them and fetal tissue to cosmetics and drug companies.

Rory is cynical and scared, furious and scathing, betrayed and looking for something or someone to trust. What she has to say about men lining up to keep women in their place, and about the ways women collaborate in their own undermining, is fierce, funny, sad and true.

THE AUTHOR

Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with her first novel, Rush Home Road. Translated into 12 languages and published in 15 countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel, The Girls, was an international success as well. Rights were sold in 20 territories and it was featured as a book club pick by Richard & Judy in the UK, selling 300,000 copies. Her book The Wife’s Tale was a national bestseller. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lori now makes her home in the Santa Monica Mountains with her husband and two children.

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NO RULES: A MEMOIR

By Sharon Dukett

THE BOOK

It’s 1971 in Connecticut, and sixteen-year-old Sharon’s parents think that because she’s a girl, she should become a clerical office worker after high school and live at home until she marries and has a family. But Sharon wants to join the hippies and be part of the changing society, so she leaves home and heads to California.

Sharon is thrown into an adult world for which she is unprepared, and she embarks on a precarious journey amid the 1970s counterculture. On her various adventures across the country and while living on a commune, with friends and lovers filtering in and out of her life, she realizes she must learn quickly in order to survive ― as well as figure out a way to reconcile her developing spirituality with her Catholic upbringing.

In this colorful memoir, Sharon reflects upon the changes that reshaped her during the 1970s women’s movement, and how they have transformed society’s expectations for girls and women today ― through it all, sharing moments of triumph, joy, love and awakening.

THE AUTHOR

Sharon Dukett has been a computer programmer, deputy director in state government, cocktail waitress, project manager (PMP certified) and she has designed and embroidered handmade clothing. She travels extensively using loyalty points and avoiding tourist traps. She and her husband live in central Connecticut in a house he built that overlooks the Connecticut River — the house where they raised their family.

When not writing or blogging, she is reading, skiing, biking, golfing, spending time with family and friends, creating clutter and committing to more activities than she probably should. She loves reading memoirs from a variety of backgrounds to learn how others feel, experience life, and deal with their struggles. No Rules is her debut memoir.

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ORIGINAL POLITICS: MAKING AMERICA SACRED AGAIN

By Glenn Aparicio Parry 

THE BOOK

To recreate a whole and sacred America, it is important to piece together the forgotten fragments of history that are currently keeping the country divided. Just as a traditional Native American potter begins a new pot with shards of old pots — honoring the ancestors, bringing the energies of the past into the present — Original Politics re-constellates the nation as a whole out of the seemingly disparate shards from our origins.

Original Politics convincingly demonstrates how the best aspects of the founding vision of America were inspired, or directly appropriated, from living Native American cultures: concepts such as natural rights, liberty and egalitarian justice.

Native America has inspired what Parry sees as the sacred purpose of the nation: bringing all the world’s peoples together on one soil in a harmonious cultural mosaic of unity in diversity.

Original Politics is ultimately about respecting all forms of life and all forms of political expression as different aspects of one whole. It is a reclamation project that brings people, land, and nation together as one. The overall effect of the book is profoundly healing.

THE AUTHOR

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, of Basque, Aragon Spanish and Jewish descent, is the author of the Nautilus award-winning book, Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature, and an educator, ecopsychologist and political philosopher whose passion is to reform thinking and society into a coherent, cohesive whole.

The founder and past president of the SEED Institute, Parry is currently the director of a grass-roots think tank, the Circle for Original Thinking. Parry organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit conferences from 1999-2011 that brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear. He has appeared in several documentary films.

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THE MONEY MAN

By Nancy Herkness

THE BOOK

She’s small-town business. He’s Manhattan high finance. Together they ignite in a novel about unexpected love and danger.

New Jersey bookkeeper Alice Thurber has a carefully constructed risk-free life. Everything in perfect balance — until little discrepancies show up in her clients’ accounts. Most would ignore it, but not the impeccably precise Alice. In desperation she reaches out to a high-powered consulting firm for help, and New York City’s movie-star-handsome financial wizard Derek Killion reaches back. All he has to do is smile, and Alice’s fantasies stir. A girl can dream, can’t she?

A cofounder of KRG, Derek’s promise is to advise small-business owners in trouble. He never guessed that assisting the diffident but sexy Alice would be so captivating and make it so hard to keep his desires in check. But just as intriguing is the alarming puzzle behind the computer glitch that’s unsettled his client. As the investigation unfolds, they must confront an attraction too palpable to ignore. Every new dark twist they follow is only bringing them closer together — in passion and in danger.

THE AUTHOR

Nancy Herkness is the award-winning author of several contemporary romance series. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA® award, and has received many other honors for her work, including the Book Buyers Best Top Pick, the New England Readers’ Choice award and the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award.

Nancy has had a varied career which included retail management and buying, COBOL programming, computer systems sales and marketing and a brief stint as a receptionist at a dental office. Once her children were in school full-time, she sat down and wrote A Bridge to Love, her first romance novel.

A native of West Virginia, Nancy now lives in suburban New Jersey with two tabby cats.

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CHARLESTON GREEN

By Stephanie Alexander

THE BOOK

If Tipsy Collins learned one thing from her divorce, it’s that everyone in Charleston is a little crazy — even if they’re already dead.

Tipsy cannot ignore her nutty friends or her vindictive ex-husband, but as a lifelong reluctant clairvoyant, she’s always avoided dead people. When Tipsy and her three children move into the house on Bennett Street, she realizes some ghosts won’t be ignored.

Till death do us part didn’t pan out for Jane and Henry Mott, who’ve haunted the house for nearly a century. Tipsy’s marriage was downright felicitous when compared to Jane and Henry’s ill-fated union. Jane believes Henry killed her and then himself, and Henry vehemently denies both accusations. Unfortunately, neither phantom remembers that afternoon in 1923. Tipsy doesn’t know whether to side with Jane or Henry.

The couple draws Tipsy into their conundrum, and she uncovers secrets long concealed under layers of good manners, broken promises and soupy low-country air. Living with ghosts, however, takes a toll on her health, and possibly even her sanity. As she struggles to forge a new path for herself and her children, Tipsy has a chance to set Jane and Henry free, and release the ghosts of her own past.

THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Alexander grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Drawing, writing stories, and harassing her parents for a pony consumed much of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1995 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Charleston, SC. In December of 2017 she earned her juris doctor with honors from the Charleston School of Law.

She currently practices family law in Mount Pleasant, SC, the Charleston suburb that is the setting of her latest novel, Charleston Green. Her personal experience rebuilding her life after divorce inspires both her legal work and her fiction. Stephanie and her husband live in the Charleston area with their blended family of five children and their two miniature dachshunds, Trinket and Tipsy.

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FINAL FLIGHT

By Eric C. Anderson

THE BOOK

On a clear, cold night high above East Asia, a China Air passenger jet disappears from radar with all aboard. It’s an anomaly, a fluke, an unsolvable puzzle — and then a couple of hours later, it happens again.

It’s 2023. Former Air Force maintenance officer Jason Montgomery and his erstwhile wrench-twister, Rob “Ski” Kalawski, have just landed the gig of their lives. China Air’s aging fleet of Boeing 777s now desperately needs navigation hardware and software upgrades. It’s a multimillion-dollar contract, and they’re just the guys to do it. Too easy, right?

Wrong. The Japanese firm supplying the gear knows the Chinese will reverse-engineer and steal it, so they’ve planted a deadly navigation bug to trigger at the first sign of theft. Jason’s just the middleman, but he finds himself trapped between yakuza gangsters, a tattooed dragon-lady sales executive and murderous Russian mobsters looking to make a profit on the missing airplanes and passengers. If these crazies don’t start behaving like moral adults, people are going to die by the hundreds … and they do.

THE AUTHOR

Eric C. Anderson was a former member of the U.S. intelligence community who served in Hawaii, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Washington. His work focused on Northeast Asia — specifically China and North Korea. A prolific author, his bibliography includes Take the Money and Run: Sovereign Wealth Funds, Demise of American Prosperity, China Restored: The Middle Kingdom Looks Forward to 2020, Sinophobia: The Huawei Story, Byte, a thriller depicting the use of cryptocurrency as a tool for political regime change, and the “New Caliphate” fiction trilogy: Osiris, Anubis and Horus, which are based on his military experiences.

He passed away in October of 2018. His vast literary contributions, from his fiction writing to his understanding of the complex intelligence and military challenges facing Western democracies, are incalculable.

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