Our team 2012 Book Recommendations


If this holiday season allows you the time to settle down with a good book, then this is for you. My team (The Shewfelt McMillan Group) are avid readers. Each year we offer our 2012 top book selections - hope you get the chance to enjoy one or all! 


Lois’s Pick:             
Gone Girl – By Gillian Flynn
I LOVED this novel! It’s quirky and kept me guessing throughout. Not often I can read a full book on a flight, but I finished this one cover to cover going to New York!
Caroline’s Pick:
Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resilience, And Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

I didn't know much about this book, but I had read good reviews. The struggles and the redemption of Louis Zamperini in this true story are incredible. If you enjoy reading inspirational stories of another person's life this is one is a must read.
Paul’s pick:
“Helping your child sleep through the night” Joanne Cuthbertson & Susie Schevill
With two boys under the age of 2 – this is the only book Paul has been able to read these days!
Linette’s Pick:
“The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski
Set in rural Wisconsin in the first half of the 20th century on a farm where the Sawtelle’s raise a fictional breed of dog. Edgar is the mute boy who raises them. A few of the chapters are narrated from a dog’s point of view.  It’s a great coming of age story, reminded me a bit of the jungle book. Great story!!
Abby’s Pick:
Fragile Beasts by Tawni O’Dell
Clark’s Pick:
John Grisham – The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
Roz’s pick:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
I am only half way through this novel, but am really enjoying it.  It is a funny and touching comedy set in London and India.  It gives deep messages about ageing, family and about how important it is to feel a part of something, such as a family or a group.
Nancy’s Pick:
“Sarah’s Key” – Tatiana de Rosnay
It was enlightening to see how the French Resistance risked their lives to save so many. It was also gripping story of family loss and sacrifice in the war of which  helps me to understand the pain of this era for so many people.

Norm's Pick:
In our fractious time, this book holds guidance for the newly elected US president, as it looks back 150 years to Lincoln’s presidential leadership in the United States. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is a book by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The book is a biographical portrait of Abraham Lincoln and some of the men who served with him in his cabinet from 1861 to 1865. Three of his Cabinet members had previously run against Lincoln in the election of 1860 and were considered his staunch political enemies.  This is the story of  Lincoln's mostly successful attempts to reconcile conflicting personalities and political factions on the path toward the abolition of slavery and victory in the US Civil War.

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