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Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
Middlesex

Explaining that he was "born twice," first as a baby girl in 1960 and then as a teenage boy in 1974, Cal makes readers aware, in a lighthearted way, that he is a hermaphrodite. The story then starts in 1922, when his grandparents came to Detroit from war-torn Turkey. He relates his story as a female child growing up in suburban Detroit with typical adolescent worries ~ she hasn't developed breasts or started menstruating. Calliope’s facial hair is blamed on her ethnicity, and she and her mother get waxed together. Then an accident causes Callie to find out what she's been suspecting - she's not actually a girl. From this point on she becomes Cal, and it is Cal, the 41-year-old man, who narrates the story, dipping all the way back in history to the time of his grandparents' incestuous relationship in war-torn Turkey.

The Bells: A Novel by Richard Harvell
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Beautiful, Dramatic
Great book for music lovers

The Bells: a novel by Richard Harvell magnificently heightens the reader’s sensory appreciation of musical sounds. In papers left for a son he raised but did not sire, Moses Froben , an illegitimate orphan of a deaf-mute mother who possesses a preternatural ear, recounts his bittersweet journey to greatness where he eventually becomes a great singer of eighteenth century Europe. Originally brought up in a belfry, Moses is rescued from drowning by two odd monks and hidden in their abbey quarters where he discovers his extraordinary voice, that he can mold "that ocean of sound... into something beautiful." He falls in love with a beautiful, wealthy, crippled girl who asks him to sing to her dying mother, eventually becoming her hero “Orpheus.” Harvell’s rich descriptions of the lovely beauty of the world of sound should not be missed.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Informative, Interesting
Geogrphy of Bliss

Visiting 9 of the "happiest" countries, Eric Weiner shares humorous as well as insightful observations. Some observations could be life-changing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Informative
The Caliph's House

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