2017 BCIB Booklet FINAL (2).pdf
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
When Elise Dalriss’s great-granddaughter recounts a tale about a
beautiful princess awakened by a handsome prince, it opens a door to
the past, a door Elise has kept locked for years: she was the
companion to the real princess who slept—and only she knows the
truth of what happened so many years go.
FANTASY; FAIRY TALES
While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
Two sisters are in the prime of their lives when Robin suffers a
massive heart attack from which she may never regain
consciousness. It’s up to Molly to make tough decisions. But soon she
will make discoveries that threaten to shatter her relationship with
CONTEMPORARY FICTION; MOODY; MOVING
The Widow’s War by Sally Cabot Gunning
When Lyddie Berry’s husband of 20 years, Edward, is lost in a
whaling disaster, her grief is doubled upon the realization that her
property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male
relative: her daughter’s overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot
abide. She decides to challenge both law and custom for control of
her own destiny. She soon discovers the price of her bold “war” for
personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear.
HISTORICAL FICTION; LOVE STORY
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhorn
One summer night in 1930, Judge Joseph Crater steps into a New
York City cab and is never heard from again. Behind this great man
are three women, each with her own tale to tell: Stella, his
fashionable wife, the picture of propriety; Maria, their steadfast
maid, indebted to the judge; and Ritzi, his showgirl mistress, willing
to seize any chance to break out of the chorus line. Soon, the twisted
truth will emerge.
HISTORICAL FICTION; ATMOSPHERIC; SUSPENSEFUL
The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
A hilarious mystery about two women who are forced to reimagine
who they are., spanning decades, generations, and America in the
1940s and today and centering around five women who worked in a
Phillips 66 gas station during the World War II years.
CONTEMPORARY FICTION; FUNNY; HEARTWARMING
Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris
Katherine Givens, an attorney and single mother, finds her life
turned upside down when she receives an unexpected bequest from
her late friend, Annie Freeman, taking her and four other women on
a life-changing road trip as they celebrate female friendship.
CONTEMPORARY FICTION; WOMEN’S LIVES &
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Running into a long-ago friend sparks memories of the 1970s for
August, transporting her to a time and place where friendship was
everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her friends, Brooklyn was
a place where they believed they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—
part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful
veneer was another Brooklyn, one where precious innocence meets
the all-too-real perils of growing up.
LITERARY FICTION; SPARE; FRIENDSHIP; COMING OF AGE
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
A successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace.
Neither his wife nor his daughter Julia who have no idea where he
might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a
woman in Burma. Intent on solving the mystery of her father’s past,
Julia travels to the village where the woman lived, where she
uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion.
LITERARY FICTION; BITTERSWEET; MOVING; LOVE STORY