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This week brings a new book club discussion of Girl Waits With Gun, the first in a new series based on the true adventures of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.

In addition, you can travel to post WWII Jerusalem with Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets, and find out the attraction that draws over three million annual visitors to a former garbage dump in France.

All this and more to explore!

Your Editor, Davina

bc1. The BookBrowse Book Club

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Girl Waits with Gun
by Amy Stewart

Published May 2016, 416 pages

An enthralling novel based on the forgotten true adventures of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs.

Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family - and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

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city3. Editor's Choice

City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan

Hardcover (Apr 2016), 208 pages.
Publisher: Viking.
BookBrowse Rating: 5/5, Critics' Consensus:  4.8/5
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Reviewed by Naomi Benaron

In his new novel, City of Secrets, Stewart O'Nan spins a tale of espionage and intrigue as richly layered and complex as the city it portrays, 1946 Jerusalem during the British Mandate. Like the city of Casablanca portrayed in Michael Curtiz's 1942 eponymous film - and indeed there are many thematic similarities - O'Nan's Jerusalem is a place where no one is who he claims to be, spies are everywhere, and the characters are players moving toward a larger and dangerous purpose about which most of them can only guess. "The city was a puzzle box built of symbols, a confusion of old and new... everyone seemed to be in costume, reenacting the miraculous past." Also like Casablanca, Jerusalem is teeming with refugees. Here, they have either fled the violence and anti-Semitism that culminated in the Holocaust or, like Brand, the novel's protagonist, they have arrived as survivors, their old homes gone, their old lives destroyed.... continued

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btb4. Beyond the Book: Lourdes

Every time we review a book we also explore a related topic. Here is a recent "beyond the book" article  written by James Broderick for The Loney by Andrew Hurley

Hardcover (May 10, 2016), 304 pages.
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It might not be surprising to learn that about three million people a year visit the Taj Mahal, the world-famous opulent marble mausoleum in Agra, India. It is often referred to as the world's most beautiful building. But would you be surprised to discover that fully twice as many people a year visit a muddy, rocky cave on the site of a former garbage dump in a tiny town in France?

That town - Lourdes - and that shallow cave, which forms a kind of natural grotto, is the site of one of the most famous religious apparitions in history, the appearance of the Virgin Mary to a 14-year-old French girl named Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. ... continued

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hundred5. Author Interview

A Conversation with Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own, a bold, original, moving book that will inspire fanatical devotion and ignite debate.

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6. Wordplay

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This week's Wordplay
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"I I A Greek T M"

The answer to last Week's Wordplay: I I A S O T T

It's a sign of the times

Meaning: It's typical of the time we live in.

This expression can be found in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 16:

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." (New International Version)

But, interestingly, some scholars dispute the authenticity of this passage as it seems to have been added at a later date than much of Matthew's gospel.

As for the Pharisees and Sadduces, many of us know these two groups as, for want of a better word, the bad guys of the New Testament, constantly casting doubt on Jesus ... continued

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