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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:

 

May 24

The Turner House

by Angela Flournoy

A National Book AThe Turner Houseward finalist, this debut novel from Flournoy is melding of the two books above; it is at once a dramatic familial epic, and a history of Detroit lamenting the stark realities facing the proud American city.  The Turners lived on Yarrow Street in Detroit for fifty years.  They raised 13 children in the Turner house and now both their neighborhood and their home values are crumbling.  Truly a family story rather than another rehashing of the mortgage crisis, The Turner House has been equally embraced by readers and critics alike.  “Flournoy recounts the history of Detroit with more sensitivity than any textbook could” – New York Times Book Review

 

 

 

June 28

The Paris Architect

by Charles Belfoure

An engrossing deThe Paris Architectbut novel, Belfoure, who is an actual architect, has crafted a story so full of both technical detail and humanity that you will not soon forget it.  Lucien Bernard is a fictional architect in Vichy France.  The occupying Nazi forces are persecuting Jews throughout Paris.  Bernard is propositioned with designing an impossible to detect hiding place within prominent Parisian Jew’s home.  A hiding place no Nazi can find.  “…his beautiful tale demonstrates that while human beings are capable of great atrocities, they have a capacity for tremendous acts of courage as well.” – Library Journal

 

 

 

July 26

One Summer: America, 1927

by Bill Bryson

One of the best One Summer America 1927and most widely read nonfiction writers Bryson (A Walk in the Woods) tackles the events of a single summer in his recent offering.  The summer of 1927 had plenty of headline grabbing stories that we are still aware of today – the transatlantic crossing of Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth’s swatting of 60 home runs, etc.  However, that summer had plenty of other fascinating events, Al Jolsen’s The Jazz Singer was released as the first true “talky,” Al Capone ruled Chicago and the prohibition era booze trade, and many others.  With the skill of a true story teller, Bryson weaves these events into a narrative as fascinating as any page-turner.

 

 

 

August 23

The Nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

Bestselling The Nightingaleauthor Hannah has truly struck a chord with readers The Nightingale, her most recent novel, spending 82 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  In The Nightingale we return to 1939 Vichy France where sisters Vianne and Isabelle are coping with the war and the German occupation as best they know how.  That is, until Vianne’s husband leaves for the front and German officers occupy her home, while young and rebellious Isabelle is betrayed by a lover and does all she can to fight for the cause.  “[readers]…will enjoy this novel full of emotion and heart” – Library Journal