October 13 All Iowa Reads: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Mary Sutter travels to Civil War-era Washington, D.C., to tend wounded soldiers and pursue her dream of becoming a surgeon.
From the book’s blurb: “…In this stunning first novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head¬strong midwife from Albany, NY who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of...two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary's courage and stubbornness in the face of suffering—and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister's baby—Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.
Like Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Robert Hicks's The Widow of the South, My Name Is Mary Sutter powerfully evokes the atmosphere of the period. Rich with historical detail (including marvelous depictions of Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, General McClellan, and John Hay among others), and full of the tragedies and challenges of wartime, My Name Is Mary Sutter is an exceptional novel. And in Mary herself, Robin Oliveira has created a truly unforgettable heroine whose unwavering determination and vulnerability will resonate with readers everywhere..."
Nov. 10 The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
From the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes the story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold’s cross-country journey.
Dec. 8 Emma by Jane Austen ~ 200th anniversary of the classic story.