This book discussion group meets at noon on the third Wednesday of each month in the Library’s Conference Room. Bring a sack lunch, if you wish, and savor some lively discussion. If you would like to attend, please call the Library, and we will try to get each month’s book for you.
January 17 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, when Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, who has never worked a day in his life, must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavors to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
February 21 – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
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.
March 21 – American Fire by Monica Hesse
This is a nonfiction account of a five-month arson spree that left Accomack County, Virginia reeling. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse covered the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson; but he had an accomplice–his girlfriend Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain.