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Contemporary Books:


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Piece of the World

by Christina Baker Kline


         pieceoftheworld    Kline, author of the bestselling Orphan Train, tells a story of art and friendship inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting, Christina's World. For Christina Olson, the real-life subject of Wyeth’s painting, the entire world was her family's remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by a degenerative illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist, who started painting her while visiting the area in 1939. Kline interweaves fact and fiction to bring into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait; she vividly imagines the life of a smart, determined woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, constrained by both duty and disability, who forges a special bond with one of America’s greatest modern artists.




        Tuesday, July 10, 2018

           Book Lovers' Choice      

      (annual planning meeting)

stackofbooks During this popular evening for group members and newcomers alike, readers are invited to a free-wheeling conversation about authors, titles, and opinions on books they’ve read recently or books they’d like to read - fiction or non-fiction, old or new. Share your thoughts on the prospective titles for the next year of reading and discussion; all members are encouraged to bring along ideas for the group to consider. All book lovers are welcome to participate in this annual planning session.




                      Tuesday, August  14, 2018


                                                                   by Ann Patchett         

  commonwealth         Patchett (Sate of Wonder, Bel Canto) spins a semi-autobiographical saga of two broken families and the paths their lives take over the course of 40 years, through love and marriage, death and divorce, and a dark secret from childhood that lies underneath it all. It starts one Sunday afternoon in Southern California, when Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly - thus setting in motion the dissolution of both their marriages and the joining of two families. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents, and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with a legendary author and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings and their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the connection they feel for one another.



For more information about the Contemporary Book Discussion Group, contact Sue Patterson, 734.453.0750 ext. 241, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.