2017 Book Discussion Titles

By , December 5, 2016 9:39 pm

Book discussions are held the last Monday of the month 

at 1:00 p.m.  in the library. Sign up for the discussions and 

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January 30th – Leaving time by Jodi Picoult

jodi-picoultFor over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice.  Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants.  Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague.  Hard questions and answers.

 

 

 

 

February 27th  – The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

girls-of-atomic-ciytThe incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.  Many met husbands there, made lifelong friends, and still call the seventy-year-old town home.  The reverberations from their work there–work they didn’t fully understand at the time–are still being felt today.

 

 

 

 

March 27th The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

harold-fryMeet Harold Fry, recently retired.  He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does.  Little differentiates one day from the next.  Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years.  Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.  But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.  Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live.

 

 

April 24th  O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

o-pioneersNo other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier–and the transformation of the people who settled it.  Cather’s heroine is Alexandra Bergson, who arrives on the wind-blasted prairie of Hanover, Nebraska, as a girl and grows up to make it a prosperous farm.  But this archetypal success story is darkened by loss, and Alexandra’s devotion to the land may come at the cost of love itself.

 

 

 

 

May 22 Palindrome by Stuart Woodspalindrome

For years, Liz Barwick has been battered by her brutal husband, a famous pro football player. This time it takes an emergency room to keep her from death. Now, the beautiful and talented photographer retreats to an island paradise off Georgia’s coast to find solitude – and herself.

As she becomes increasingly involved with the strange and handsome twin scions of the powerful Drummond family, she feels her traumatic memories begin to fade. But when a killer launches a series of gruesome murders, Liz discovers that there is no place to hide – not even in her lover’s arms.

 

 

Juone-in-a-million-boyne 19th  One-in-a-million boy by Monica Wood

The story of your life never starts at the beginning. Don’t they teach you anything at school?
So says 104-year-old Ona to the 11-year-old boy who’s been sent to help her out every Saturday morning. Ona tells him about her long life, from first love to second chances. Ona is set to discover that even at her age the world can surprise you, and that sometimes sharing a loss is the only way to find yourself again.

 

July 31st Wonder by Emma Donoghue

An English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life.  Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

 

September 25th News of the world by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people.   Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.   The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

 

October 30th The Hamilton affair by Elizabeth Cobb

 

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending—his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

 

 

November 27th Lilac girls by Martha Hall Kelly

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

December 18th TBA

 

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