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PDL & the Liberty Street Brewing Co. host this monthly book club, meeting to talk books, socialize and kick back with a cold one.  Meetings take place at Liberty Street Brewery at 149 W. Liberty Street, in the heart Plymouth’s Old Village.  Copies of the book on deck are available at the library check-out desk.  Cheers!

 

TheShadowOfTheWindThursday, December 13 at 7 p.m.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


It’s Barcelona in 1945 and Daniel Sempere’s widowed father takes him to be initiated into the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books where Daniel will choose a long-forgotten title and protect it for the rest of his life. Daniel chooses The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax, reads it, and wants to find more by Carax. This proves difficult and Daniel is whisked away on an adventure which uncovers long buried secrets.

 

 

 

belcanto

Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction (2002) Bel Canto is set in an unnamed South American country where a famous soprano is singing at a birthday party in honor of a visiting chairman of a large Japanese company. At the party, a large terrorist organization breaks into the house and takes the party goers hostage. Without a common language, hostages form lasting relationships during the struggle.

 

 

 

kindredThursday, February 21 at 7 p.m.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler


Dana, an African-American woman living in 1976 California suddenly finds herself in Maryland 1815. From there Dana travels through time as she discovers what she must do: protect a slaveholder until he can father her great-grandmother.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

StoriedLifeofAJFikry3DA. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island, including Amelia, the lovely and idealistic sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry, refusing to be deterred. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J. and for Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light, as everything twists again into a version of A.J.’s life that he didn’t see coming.

          


 

                        

 

                                      Tuesday, January 8, 2019

                                       Little Fires Everywhere

                                                                by Celeste Ng

littlefiresIn Shaker Heights, Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother, who comes to town with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this orderly enclave. When friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come with devastating costs: the little fires everywhere that eventually torch the family home.

 


 

 

 

                  

                                    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

                                                  Southernmost

                                                                     by Silas House

 

southernmostIn the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter of two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew - and risks losingeverything: his wife, locked inot her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle. With no way out but ahead, Asher takes Justin and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he'd turnedagainst years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new wayof understanding love. " House's tale will strike a chord with those who have taken their own arduous path to acceptance, just as it may bring enlightenment to thos who are trying to understand the experience of others." (Library Journal)

    

                                                                

  

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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:

November 28

Hillbilly Elegy

by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

A moving portrait of rural Middle America, Hillbilly Elegy is equal parts memoir and social commentary.  Vance is a former Marine and a Yale Law School graduate whose familial roots are Appalachian.  Training a critical eye on the social problems and self-defeating mindsets that are at the root of the difficult life Vance came from, he is able to uncover long held believes that spread and infect like a virus.  Profoundly popular and equally controversial, Hillbilly Elegy is said to explain or enlighten much of what is being experienced politically in America today.  “[It] couldn’t have been better timed...a harrowing portrait of much that has gone wrong in America over the past two generations...an honest look at the dysfunction that afflicts too many working-class Americans.” –National Review

 

 

December 19

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan

Mr Penumbras 24Hour Bookstore

Recently downsized Clay Jannon considers himself lucky to find a job in a late night bookshop.  It does not take long however for Clay to realize that the oddities surrounding the store are much greater than its quirky name.  There are few customers and even fewer who actually buy anything.  Clay soon discovers there is a code these patrons are seeking, hidden within books he was forbidden to read.  He and his friends find themselves in a kaleidoscopic quest that, with one foot firmly planted in dusty old books and the other in the hyper-connected cyberworld, will hopefully lead them to Mr. Penumbra himself.  “…eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence.” – New York Times

 

 

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)