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BOOK NOTES: “Open Your Eyes” ... “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts" ...

Grand Forks Public Library

  •  “Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life” by Jake Olson and McKay Christensen, PhD. As a child, cancer survivor Jake Olson lost his eyes to a rare malignant cancer. Read about his journey and how his and his family’s faith affected his recovery and his outlook on life.
  •  “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude” by Mireille Guiliano. From the author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” the author offers advice on fashion, skincare, makeup, exercise, and much more, all aimed toward helping women age with attitude and joy.
  •  “The Explorer Gene: How Three Generations of One Family Went Higher, Deeper and Further Than Any Before” by Tom Cheshire. Auguste Picard was the first person to enter the stratosphere, using an experimental balloon he invented himself. His son, Jacques, descended to the Mariana Trench in a submarine they built themselves. And his grandson, Bertrand, flew around the world non-stop in a balloon. What drove three generations of one family to such extraordinary feats?
  •  “Little Failure: A Memoir” by Gary Shteyngart. Acclaimed novelist Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving from the Soviet Union to the United States, and dealing with the expectations of his parents and the contradictory aspirations of growing up in America.
  • East Grand Forks Campbell Library

    •  “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. But Allan isn’t interested and decides to escape, climbing out the window and embarking on a hilarious and unexpected journey.
    •  “Love, Water, Memory” by Jennie Shortridge. Lucie Walker comes to confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she must adjust to life with amnesia and the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be.
    •  “Tomorrow, There Will Be Apricots: A Novel” by Jessica Soffer is a story about accepting the people we love—the people we have to love and the people we choose to love, the families we’re given and the families we make.
    •  “Stella Bain: A Novel” by Anita Shreve. When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest.
    •  “Never Go Back: Book 18” by Lee Child Former. Military cop Jack Reacher travels to the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP, to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. There, Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.