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Stuck for a book to read this month?

Check out these titles, recommended by library staff and members of our Book Club.

Book Club meets at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim), on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm.

Each month we have a theme that members can choose to read from (or not!).

The theme for June is Young Adult Lit, although as always you can read a book of your own choosing.

Our next book club meeting will be held on Thursday 29 August, 6:30 pm, at Marlborough District Library (Blenheim).

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the 'Blue Castle', a dreamy place in Spain only accessible in Valancy's imagination.

When Valancy discovers she has only one year to live, she decides to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy does and says exactly what she wants to. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.

Rating - 3/3

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The Golden Egg by Donna Leon

At the request of his wife, Commissario Brunetti looks into the death of a deaf, mentally disabled man who worked at their dry-cleaners and uncovers a mystery when the man left no official records and his mother is reluctant to speak to him.

Rating - 3/3

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Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

In this ambitious book, Joyce Carol Oates boldly re-imagines the inner, poetic, and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker: the child, the woman, the fated celebrity and idolized blonde the world came to know as Marilyn Monroe. In a voice startling, intimate, and rich, Norma Jeane tells her own story, that of an emblematic American artist, intensely conflicted and driven who has lost her way. A powerful portrait of Hollywood's myth and an extraordinary woman's heartbreaking reality, Blonde is a sweeping epic that pays tribute to the elusive magic and devastation behind the creation of the great twentieth-century American star.

Rating - 2/3

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The Beast in the Red Forest by Sam Eastland

A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Inspector Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stalin's orders, Pekkala's assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap - a new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Pursuing the legend of a half-human creature, said to roam the landscape of this war within a war, each step brings Kirov closer to the truth about Pekkala's disappearance. Meanwhile, Pekkala's nemesis is closing in for the kill.

Rating - 3/3

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The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell and in this astonishing novel, Edna O'Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction. The Little Red Chairs is a story about love, the artifice of evil, and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world. A narrative which dares to travel deep into the darkness has produced a book of enormous emotional intelligence and courage. Written with a fierce lyricism and sensibility, The Little Red Chairs dares to suggest there is a way back to redemption and hope when great evil is done.

Rating - 3/3

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The Red Earth by Tony Park

Durban, South Africa, a car is hijacked. Suzanne Fessey fights back and kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with her baby on board. In pursuit of the missing vehicle and baby are helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras from the air, and Mike Dunn, a nearby wildlife researcher, from the ground. But South Africa's police have bigger problems: a bomb has gone off in Durban, killing the visiting American Ambassador, and chaos has descended on Kwa-Zulu Natal. As the missing baby is tracked through the wild game reserves from Zululand to Zimbabwe, Mike and Nia come to realise that the war on terror has invaded their part of the world.

Rating 2.5/3

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Blackout by Robinson Wells

Attacks are sweeping across America. Alec and Laura are at the center of the violence, while in a small town out west Jack and Aubrey feel sheltered from the turmoil. But these four teens are about to find their lives intertwined in ways they never could have imagined—and one wrong step could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

Rating - 3/3

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