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Page By page Book Club

Page by Page, the intermediate ELL book club, meets every Wednesday at 1 pm on Zoom. Each week, we discuss a few chapters from the book until we have read it all the way through.

Current selection

Cover of The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

We’ll read about 30 pages a week of this book starting February 21, 2024. Copies to keep are available at the Reader’s Advisory Desk, and ebook and audiobook versions are also available through Libby, though may be a wait.

Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. 

So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. 

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job–bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. 

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Previous Selections

October-December 2021 – Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

December 13 2021 – “Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan (short story)

January-February 2022 – Great Illustrated Classics: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Adapted by Deirde S. Laiken and illustrated by Pablo Marcos Studio. 

February-May 2022 – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

May-August 2022 – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

August-September 2022 – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

September 19, 2022 – “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin (short story)

September 26, 2022 – “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes (short story)

October 2022 – The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

November 2022 – The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (short story)

December 2022 – “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell (short story)

January 2023-February 2023 – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

March 2023 – Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

April 5, 2023 – “One Boy Told Me” by Naomi Shihab Nye (poem)

April 12, 2023 – “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant (short story)

April-June 2023 – Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly

July 2023 – Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

August-October 2023 – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

October-November 2023 – The Maid by Nita Prose

December 2023-February 2024 – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

February – May 2024 – The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes