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Book for January 02, 2019
Group 3
Meeting at Vicky's place
Alone in Berlin
Alone in Berlin

first published in 1947, was published in English in 2009. The novel is based on the true story of a working class husband and wife who, after their son was killed in the German attack on France, became part of the German Resistance against the Nazis. Otto and Elise Hampel (Otto and Anna Quangel in the novel) wrote and distributed hundreds of postcards with slogans like Mother! The Führer has murdered my son. Mother! The Führer will murder your sons too, he will not stop until he has brought sorrow to every home in the world.

The Quangels leave their cards in public places or buildings where they would be seen by passers by. However, most who see them are terrified and if they do not run away turn them in to the Gestapo. The Gestapo inspector entrusted with the case, Escherich, is not the proverbial thug but a trained police detective who focusses on 'solving the case' while resenting the political appointees he has to take his orders from. Eventually the Quangels are arrested and brought to trial at the Volksgerichtshof, the infamous Roland Freisler presiding. Both of the accused are sentenced to death, Otto is soon executed, Anna dies during an Allied bombing raid while still on death row.

Various adaptations for televion and film were made in both West and East Germany and the Czeck Republic. The British/French/German Film Alone in Berlin, directed by Vincent Perez, was released in 2016.


Author: Hans Fallada

Hans Fallada (born Rudolf Wilhelm Friedrich Ditzen; 21 July 1893 – 5 February 1947) was a German writer who became successful during the Weimar Republic. His more famous novels include Little Man, What Now? (1932) and Alone in Berlin (Jeder stirbt für sich allein) (1947). His works belong predominantly to the New Objectivity (Neue Sachlichkeit) movement that arose in German art during the 1920s as a reaction against expressionism. The pseudonym Hans Fallada derives from a combination of characters found in Grimm's Fairy Tales: the protagonist of Hans in Luck and a horse named Falada in The Goose Girl.

Book for January 09, 2019
Group 2
The Fifth Season
The Fifth Season
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Author: N. K. Jemsin
Nora K. Jemisin is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and a psychologist. Her fiction explores a wide variety of themes, including cultural conflict and oppression. She has won several awards for her work, including the Locus Award, and, as of her August 2018 win, the three books of her Broken Earth series have made her the only author to have won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in three consecutive years.
Book for January 11, 2019
Group 1
Meeting at Ola's place
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger

The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.

Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...

Author: Kate Moore
Kate Moore is the author of more than fifteen books across the genres of gift, humour, biography, history and children’s brand publishing. A multiple Sunday Times bestselling author, she is extremely versatile, equally adept at creating projects to clients’ briefs, ghostwriting memoirs and innovating her own ideas. Her work has been published in national newspapers, translated into more than twelve languages, used in national advertising campaigns and performed at the South Bank Centre, London.
Book for February 06, 2019
Group 3
The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle

It's 1962 in the Pacific States, the slice of US territory occupied by Japan after an alternative ending to World War II. The world is dominated by Nazi Germany and victorious Japan itself fears to become the German's latest victim. A dishonest shopowner, a skilled artisan, a Japanese official and the artisan's wayward wife, Juliana, navigate a world they struggle to understand, often trying to divine the outcome of their plans by interpreting the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, the I Ching. At the same time another book is being whispered about, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, a forbidden novel that envisages an alternative outcome of World War II, where the US have emerged victorious. The Nazis have already sent out an assassin to kill the author who lives in a place called 'the high castle' within the buffer zone between the two occupied parts of the former United States. Juliana begins a love affair with the assassin, but when she discovers his purpose she slits his throat. Then, claiming to have saved the author's life, she gains access to him and bullies him into admitting that he has compiled the entire novel by divining it phrase by phrase, using the I Ching. Therefore it must be true. However, analogously, in our own world, an author named Philip K. Dick used the I Ching to make decisions crucial to the plot of his novel The Man in the High Castle.

The 2015 TV series of the same name is loosely based on the Dick's book though it lacks the novel's conciseness and wit.


Author: Philip K. Dick
Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist whose published work is almost entirely accepted as being in the science fiction genre. Dick explored sociological, political and metaphysical themes in novels dominated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, and altered states. In his later works Dick's thematic focus strongly reflected his personal interest in metaphysics and theology. He often drew upon his own life experiences in addressing the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia, and transcendental experiences in novels such as A Scanner Darkly and VALIS.

The novel The Man in the High Castle bridged the genres of alternate history and science fiction, earning Dick a Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1963. Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, a novel about a celebrity who awakens in a parallel universe where he is unknown, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel in 1975. "I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards," Dick wrote of these stories. "In my writing I even question the universe; I wonder out loud if it is real, and I wonder out loud if all of us are real."

In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near-poverty, eleven popular films based on his works have been produced, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, The Adjustment Bureau and Impostor. In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the hundred greatest English-language novels published since 1923. In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.
Book for February 08, 2019
Group 1
Before We Were Yours
Before We Were Yours
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

Author: Lisa Wingate
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, and the Christy Award. Her blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for over ten months, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winner for historical fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold over one million copies.
Book for February 13, 2019
Group 2
The Bricks that Built the Houses
The Bricks that Built the Houses
Becky, Harry, and Leon are leaving London in a fourth-hand Ford with a suitcase full of stolen money, in a mess of tangled loyalties and impulses. But can they truly leave the city that's in their bones? Kate Tempest's novel reaches back through time--through tensely quiet dining rooms and crassly loud clubs--to the first time Becky and Harry meet. It sprawls through their lives and those they touch--of their families and friends and faces on the street--revealing intimacies and the moments that make them. And it captures the contemporary struggle of urban life, of young people seeking jobs or juggling jobs, harboring ambitions and making compromises.

Author: Kate Tempest
Kate Tempest (born Kate Esther Calvert, 22 December 1985) is an English poet, musical artist, novelist and playwright. In 2013, she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand New Ancients. She was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Society, a once-a-decade accolade. Her albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The latter's accompanying poetry book (also titled Let Them Eat Chaos) was nominated for the Costa Book of the Year in the Poetry Category. Her debut novel The Bricks That Built the Houses was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Breakthrough Author. She was nominated as Best Female Solo Performer at the 2018 Brit Awards.