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Brown Bag Books

 


This Library book discussion group meets at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month and is always open to new members. The group selects the books for discussion, which are available at the check-out desk during the month preceding the discussion. Volunteers from among the group lead the discussion, with background materials supplied by the librarian. Bring your own lunch or snack; the Library provides beverages.

Titles for upcoming months are:

 

January 23

Before the Fall

by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall

Before the Fall is Noah Hawley’s fifth novel, but he is better known for his creative work on the television show Fargo.  Hawley’s suspenseful thriller is an Edgar Award winner, a special distinction for the best mystery or thriller of the year.  Eleven people board a private jet leaving Martha’s Vineyard for New York City.  16 minutes later the plane has crashed into the ocean and there are only two survivors, a destitute artist who was the guest of a wealthy couple, and a young boy who is the son a powerful media mogul family.  Subsequent chapters delve into the backstory of the eleven passengers in an attempt to discover who could have been the target of this “accident.”  Hawley will keep you guessing until the very end.  “Before the Fall is a complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel.” – New York Times Book Review

 

February 27

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead has accomplished the extremely rare, if not impossible, feat of crafting a novel that is both a major literary award winner (2016 National Book Award, 2017 Pulitzer Prize), and a bestseller - spending a remarkable 37 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Whitehead stretches the historical fiction novel to new heights and new realms by imagining the well-known “underground railroad” as a literal one.  The Underground Railroad extols a fresh and important understanding of the slave narrative as well as the American experience.  “Would that this novel were required reading for every American citizen.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)


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