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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:

 

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)

 

 

March 27

Kiss Carlo

by Adriana Trigiani

Kiss CarloDuring the month of March, the Plymouth District Library will participate in Everyone’s Reading, the one-book community reading program sponsored by Metro Detroit public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties. Everyone’s Reading promotes public dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book with friends and neighbors. This year’s selection is Kiss Carlo by best-selling author Adriana Trigiani. Trigiani is the author of the very popular Big Stone Gap and Valentine series, along with other bestselling novels including Lucia, Lucia and The Shoemaker’s Wife. Kiss Carlo (2017) is the story of the Palazzinis, a boisterous Italian clan led by feuding brothers Dominic and Mike, set in post-WWII South Philadelphia.  Trigiani uses themes from Shakespearian plays to craft a world of engaging characters in this sprawling comedy/drama filled with romance, buried secrets, and mistaken identities.Read with us – and join the conversation.The Contemporary Books Discussion Group will meet to discuss the novel on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and the Brown Bag Books Discussion Group will meet on March 27, 2019 at noon. No registration is necessary to participate.  Copies of Kiss Carlo can be checked out at the Library.  Reading guides will also be available.

Meet the Author.  Readers are invited to hear author, Adriana Trigiani, speak about her book when she appears at Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Township on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 pm. and at Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, on Wednesday April 3 at 7 pm.  Tickets are free, but in limited quantity, contact the Library at 734.453.0750, ext.4 for ticket availability.
Read with us and enjoy the drama!

 

April 24

Improvement

by Joan Silber

ImprovementJoan Silber may not be a household name, but she is well known and very highly regarded in the book world.  Winner of multiple literary awards for her fiction and short story writing, Silber netted both the acclaimed PEN/Faulkner award and National Book Critics Circle awards for her novel, Improvement.  The book is loosely structured around stories whose characters each have some connection to or involvement with one another.  Improvement is a literary example of the “butterfly effect” where one character’s decisions and actions set off a chain of unseen events that have ramifications which cross continents and generations.  “This is a novel of richness and wisdom and huge pleasure.” –New York Times Book Review

 

 

 

May 22

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Killers of the Flower MoonPossible serial killer with over 24 victims?  Each victim a member of one of the wealthiest communities per capita in the United States?  The fact that we have never heard of it is reason enough to read this engrossing investigative story of the Osage murders, the earliest days of the FBI, and a young J. Edgar Hoover.  After oil was discovered on Osage land in the 1920’s, members of the tribe lived a lifestyle of the truly wealthy – until they started to be killed off one by one.  “This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)