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, December 13, 6:00 p.m.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (2016).
Jahren has studied flowers, seeds, and soil since she was a girl. She tells of the sanctuary she found in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. She also tells of a relationship she forged with Bill, her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii.
Tuesday, November 8, 6:00 p.m.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (2010).
The last thing to disturb the town of Chabot, and its lone lawman, Silas Jones, was the disappearance of a teen girl nearly twenty years ago. However, when somebody tries to kill the town recluse, another young woman vanishes, and a drug dealer is found murdered all in a short amount of time, the quaint Mississippi town is shaken to the core.
We’ll be discussing the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in our lively discussion and snacks. A Thousand Splendid Suns tells of two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war torn Kabul and the losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.
Everyone is welcome to attend as we discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016) on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. This book describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.
Join us this summer for some romance based reads that are sweet & sassy to hot & spicy. This new summer book group will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in June, July, and August. Due to some subject matter, this book group may not be suitable for anyone under 18.
Come Set Your Summer on Fire!
Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 p.m.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2012).
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.
What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.
Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.
Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.
The Camel Knows the Way by Lorna Kelly (2004).
The Camel Knows the Way is a candid account of an extraordinary and ultimately thrilling quest for God. Lorna Kelly’s odyssey from middle class British school girl to glamorous, New York Sotheby’s auctioneer to volunteer in the slums of Calcutta is a trek that is sobering, inspiriing and breathtakingly compelling. En route Kelly confronts alcoholism, divorce, a growing sense of spiritual disquiet and her own “dark night.” What emerges from that spiritual thirst is a buoyant and compelling affirmation of our common humanity.
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.
The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (2012).
Tom and his new wife, Isabel, are lighthouse keepers on an isolated Australian island. After two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world.