July 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

BOOK CLUBBERS
Date:Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ Harnish
Time: 7:00 PM
The Light in the Ruins
by Chris Bohjalian

Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosati family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina’s courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.

BOOKALICIOUS
Date: Monday, July 13, 2015 @ Village Vintner Winery
Time: 7:00 PM
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

CLASSICS BOOK CLUB
Date:Wednesday, July 15, 2015 @ Harnish
Time:7:00 PM
Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel focuses on the relationship of several retired Texas Rangers and their adventures driving cattle herd from Texas to Montana.

 

NITE READERS BOOK CLUB
Date:Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of an inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune.

June Book Club Selections

Looking for a little reading inspiration?  Here’s what our book clubs have been reading this month.

BOOK CLUBBERS
(Meets the first Thursday evening of each month)

The expats : a novel
by Chris Pavone.

An international spy thriller about a former CIA agent who moves with her family to Luxembourg where everything is suspicious and nothing is as it seems.

 

 

SPINECRACKERS
(Meets the first Friday morning of each month)

Marrying Mozart
by Stephanie Cowell

Eighteenth-century Europe comes alive with unforgiving winters and yawning princes; scheming parents and the enduring passions of young talent. Set in Mannheim, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna, Marrying Mozartis the richly textured love story of a remarkable historical figure-and four young women who engaged his passion, his music, and his heart.

 

CLASSICS
(Meets the third Wednesday evening of each month)

The Pioneers
by James Fenimore Cooper

Natty Bumppo, now on the threshold of old age, finds his way of life challenged as the land he has roamed becomes private property and the laws of man supplant the laws of nature.

 

 

BOOKALICIOUS
(Meets the second Monday evening of each month at Village Vintner)


Fake ID
L. R. Giles

“An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead”

 

 

NITE READERS
(Meets the third Thursday evening of each month)

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

The irascible A.J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, especially to a lovely yet eccentric sales rep.

Want to join us next month?  Stop by the Adult Services desk to pick up the reading selections for NEXT month!

May 2015 Book Discussions

Here’s what we’re reading this month …

SPINE-CRACKERS BOOK DISCUSSION
Friday, May 1, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 12:30 PM
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid, and continues for the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, a feminist, suffragist and an abolitionist.

BOOK CLUBBERS
Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Girls from Corona Del Mar
by Rufi Thorpe

While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, her longtime friend Lorrie Ann is surrounded by her close-knit family. A sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall apart further-and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, kind, brave Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is and what that question means about them both.

BOOKALICIOUS
Monday, May 11, 2015 @ Village Vintner
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family.

CLASSICS BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The Warden
by Anthony Trolloppe

Reverend Septimus Harding is warden of the alms-house at Barchester providing charity for twelve of the town’s neediest and an income for himself to the town’s way of thinking. John Bold, even though he is in love with the Reverend’s daughter, decides to look into this apparent misuse of church funds.

 

NITE READERS BOOK CLUB
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Fowler

Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.
Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

April 2015 Book Discussions

Here’s what we’re reading this month…

BOOK CLUBBERS
Thursday, April 2, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Frog Music
by Emma Donoghue

A novel based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice–if he doesn’t track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

SPINE-CRACKERS BOOK DISCUSSION
Friday, April 3, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 1:15 PM
Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Fowler

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald that follows their union in defiance of her father’s opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

BOOKALICIOUS
Monday, April 13, 2015 @ Village Vintner
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The Selection
by Kiera Cass

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

CLASSICS BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham

Set in the 1920s. A young English couple, Walter a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, get married for all the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai. Kitty falls in love with someone else. When Walter discovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China that is being ravaged by a deadly epidemic. He takes his wife along and their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.

NITE READERS BOOK CLUB
Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks

This gripping historical novel is based on the true story of Eyam, the “Plague Village,” in the rugged mountain spine of England. In 1666, a tainted bolt of cloth from London carries bubonic infection to this isolated settlement of shepherds and lead miners. A visionary young preacher convinces the villagers to seal themselves off in a deadly quarantine to prevent the spread of disease. The story is told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Anna Frith, the vicar’s maid, as she confronts the loss of her family, the disintegration of her community, and the lure of a dangerous and illicit love. As the death toll rises and people turn from prayers and herbal cures to sorcery and murderous witch-hunting, Anna emerges as an unlikely and courageous heroine in the village’s desperate fight to save itself.

March 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

BOOK CLUBBERS
Thursday, March 05, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
Shotgun Lovesongs
by Nickolas Butler

Can youthful friendships bear the changes caused by time and experience in the larger world? Coming back to a small town in Wisconsin will tell the tale.

 

SPINE-CRACKERS BOOK DISCUSSION
Friday, March 06, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 12:30 PM
After Visiting Friends
by Michael Hainey

Years after his father’s death, Michael Hainey sets out to learn the truth about what happened the night his father was found dead of an apparent heart attack near his car on the North Side of Chicago.  This is a moving, richly detailed, well-written and often poetic tale of family secrets and legacies.

 

NITE READERS BOOK CLUB
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
The World’s Strongest Librarian
by Josh Hanagarne

Josh Hanagarne was never able to blend into the background. Even before he was formally diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, the condition would bring chaos into his world.  Here he shows how he battled Tourette’s while shedding light on the often misunderstood affliction.

 

CLASSICS BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 @ Harnish
Start Time: 7:00 PM
I, Claudius
by Robert Graves

The emperor Claudius tells of his life during the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and Caligula and the events that led to his rise to power in a classic novel reconstructing ancient Rome.

February 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers – Thursday, February 5th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the first Thursday of each month.

China Dolls
by Lisa See

In 1938, Ruby, Helen and Grace, three girls from very different backgrounds, find themselves competing at the same audition for showgirl roles at San Francisco’s exclusive “Oriental” nightclub, the Forbidden City. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family who have deep roots in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. At times their differences are pronounced, but the girls grow to depend on one another in order to fulfill their individual dreams. Then, everything changes in a heartbeat with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Suddenly the government is sending innocent Japanese to internment camps under suspicion, and Ruby is one of them. But which of her friends betrayed her?

* Spine-crackers – Friday, February 6th @ 12:30pm (Harnish)
Meets the first Friday of each month.

Longbourn
by Jo Baker

In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely upended.

* Bookalicious – Monday, February 9th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner
Meets the second Monday of each month.

A Mad, Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs

In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

 

 

Classics Book Club – Wednesday, February 18th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the third Wednesday of each month.

Beowulf

Britain’s oldest epic brings to life the warrior named Beowulf who defeated the ogre Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon that threatened his kingdom. This work is considered by many to be one of the most important works of Old English literature.

 

 

Nite Readers – Thursday, February 19th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the third Thursday of the month.

Under the Wide and Starry Sky
by Nancy Horan

Chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

January 2015 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers – Thursday, January 8th @ 7pm (Harnish)
 Due to the New Year Holiday, Bookclubbers will meet on the second Thursday this month, instead of the usual first Thursday.

What Alice Forgot
by Liane Moriarty

Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.

 

 

* Spine-crackers – Friday, January 9th @ 10am (Harnish)
Due to the New Year Holiday, Spine-crackers will meet on the second Friday this month, instead of the usual first Friday. 

The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom

After being punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

 

* Bookalicious – Monday, January 12th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner
Meets the second Monday of each month.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
by Lish McBride

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

 

Nite Readers – Thursday, January 15th @ 7pm (Harnish)
Meets the third Thursday of the month.

Blood From a Stone
by Donna Leon

On a cold Venetian night shortly before Christmas, a street vendor is killed in a scuffle in Campo San Stefano. the closest witnesses are the tourists who had been browsing the man’s wares before his death–fake handbags of every designer label. The dead man had been working as a vu cumpra, one of the many African immigrants purveying goods outside normal shop hours and without work permits. Commissario Brunetti’s response is that of everybody involved: Why would anyone kill an illegal immigrant? Once Brunetti begins to investigate this unfamiliar Venetian underworld, he discovers that matters of great value are at stake. Warned by Patta, his supervisor, to resist further involvement in the case, how far will Brunetti be able to penetrate the murky subculture of Venice’s illegal community?

Classics Book Club
Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, January 21st @ 7pm (Harnish)

Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens

After John Harmon is murdered on his way to marry Bella Wilfer and receive a large inheritance, his father’s assistant, Nicodemus Boffin, becomes the new heir and adopts Bella, who evokes an uncommon interest from Boffin’s assistant.

December 2014 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers
Meets the first Thursday of each month.
Thursday, December 4th @ 7pm

The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty

A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.

 

 

* Spine-crackers
Meets the first Friday of each month.
Friday, December 5th @ 10am
(Note: Meets at EASTGATE BRANCH this month)

A Christmas Memory
by Truman Capote

A reminiscence of a Christmas shared by a seven-year-old boy and an older childlike woman, with enormous love and friendship between them.

 

 

* Bookalicious
Meets the second Monday of each month.
Monday, December 8th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.

 

 

Classics Book Club
Usually meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, December 10th @ 7pm (Harnish
(Note: meets 2nd Wednesday this month)

A Separate Peace
by John Knowles

Gene Forrester looks back fifteen years to a World War II year in which he and his best friend were roommates in a New Hampshire boarding school.

 

 

Nite Readers
Meets the third Thursday of the month.
Thursday, December 18th @ 7pm

The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey

Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

November 2014 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers
Meets the first Thursday of each month.
Thursday, November 6th @ 7pm

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline

The story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask. A tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

 

* Spine-crackers
Meets the first Friday of each month.
Friday, November 7th @ 10am

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared – Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity, suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

* Bookalicious
Meets the second Monday of each month.
Monday, November 10th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner

The Boyfriend List
by e. lockhart

A Seattle fifteen-year-old explains some of the reasons for her recent panic attacks, including breaking up with her boyfriend, losing all her girlfriends, tensions between her performance-artist mother and her father, and more.

 

 

Classics Book Club
Meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, November 19th @ 7pm (Harnish)

Kim
by Rudyard Kipling

Classic adventure story of Kimball O’Hara, a resourceful Irish orphan who must rely on his cunning and wit to survive after his father dies. Kim soon meets a holy man who invites him on a pilgrimage to the majestic Himalayas.

 

Nite Readers
Meets the third Thursday of the month.
Thursday, November 20th @ 7pm

The Light Between the Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

* Indicates book clubs that are lead by a staff librarian.

October 2014 Book Discussions

Stop by the Adult Services Desk at the Main Library (Harnish) to pick up your copies today!

* Book Clubbers
Meets the first Thursday of each month.
Thursday, October 2nd @ 7pm (Meets at EASTGATE this month!)

Before I Go to Sleep
by S. J. Watson

An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.

 

 

* Spine-crackers
Meets the first Friday of each month.
Friday, October 3rd @ 10am (Meets at EASTGATE this month)

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.

* Bookalicious
Meets the second Monday of each month.
Monday, October 13th @ 7pm at the Village Vintner

Monstrous beauty
by Elizabeth Fama.

In alternating chapters, tells of the mermaid Syrenka’s love for Ezra in 1872 that leads to a series of horrific murders, and present-day Hester’s encounter with a ghost that reveals her connection to the murders and to Syrenka.

 

 

Classics Book Club
Meets the third Wednesday of each month.
Wednesday, October 15th @ 7pm (Harnish)

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Set in a strict Puritan community in 17th-century Boston, this novel tells the moving tale of an adulterous love affair and the retribution that follows.

 

 

Nite Readers

Meets the third Thursday of the month.
Thursday, October 16th @ 7pm

The Humans: A Novel
by Matt Haig

Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there is more to the human race than he suspected.

 

 

* Indicates book clubs that are lead by a staff librarian.