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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:

June 27

The Life We Bury

by Allen Eskens

The Life We Bury

Vietnam veteran Carl Iverson is bitter, old, and dying.  He is also a convicted murder and rapist.  After being paroled to nursing home, he meets Joe, a college student looking to write a biography of a stranger for an English class.  Digging into Carl’s past, Joe discovers that there is more to the details of Carl’s conviction – but can Joe navigate his own entanglements and get to the truth?  “Eskens’s first-person narration grabs the reader and never relinquishes its hold.” – Library Journal

 

 

 

July 25

The Summer Before the War

by Helen Simonson

The Summer Before the War

Helen Simonson’s new book is quite literally the summer before the war – The Great War that is.  Summer 1914 and most people in the idyllic English village of Rye think nothing will come of the issues in the Balkans.  There is much more interest and concern over the new Latin professor who is not only a woman, but an attractive and open-minded one.  If you enjoyed Simonson’s first book, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, you won’t want to miss The Summer Before the War.  “A bright confection of a book morphs into a story of dignity and backbone.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

 

 

August 22

Homegoing

by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing

Homegoing is a debut novel and the winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award.  An epic story encompassing the history of Ghana and the American slave trade, Homegoing centers on sisters Effia and Esi and their descendants.  While Effia is married to a wealthy Englishman, Esi is enslaved and sent to America.  Ensuing generations of each of the sisters struggle through civil wars on each continent.  “Gyasi writes...with remarkable freshness and subtlety. A marvelous novel.”  - Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

 

 

 


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