We will be discussing Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.
The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
Tuesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2014).
Ove, a grumpy, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, decides to give up on life until an unlikely friendship develops with a boisterous young family that moves in next door.
Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (1998).
Following his return to America after twenty years in Great Britain, the author decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which provided him with the opportunity to test his own powers of ineptitude while witnessing the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.
Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig.
In 1945, when the critically wounded Captain Ravenel is brought to a private hospital in Manhattan, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery connecting three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.
Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 p.m.
Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck.
Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concu-bine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death be-came the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence.
Tuesday, January 10, 6:00 p.m.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014).
Marie-Laure is blind and lives with her father in Paris. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo. A German orphan, Werner, becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy. While there he becomes a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance which brings him to Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.