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On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds"--the fastest liner then in service--and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game. Join us on Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM.

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The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day it flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Their life seems perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined. Please join us at noon on February 11.

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An abandoned shop. A small flat. This is what awaits Polly Waterford when she arrives at the Cornish coast, fleeing a ruined relationship. To keep her mind off her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey--courtesy of a handsome beekeeper.

The chocolate thief by Laura Florand

The Parisian sorcerer of artisan chocolate, handsome Frenchman Sylvain Marquis, and the American empress of chocolate bars, Cade Corey, play a decadent game of seduction and subterfuge that causes them both to melt with desire.

Sweet nothings by Trisha Ashley

Lizzie is cooking up a defensive storm of comfort food now that her charming but quick-tempered husband, Tom, is turning increasingly unpredictable. When their son goes off to university, she must decide--can she end her marriage and leave her beloved cottage forever?

Molly Hagan is overwhelmed. Her husband left her for a younger, blonder woman; her six-year-old son is questioning her authority, and now so is she. In order to pay her Brooklyn rent and keep her son supplied with Pokémon and Legos, not to mention food and clothing, she has to get a job--fast. So when an old friend offers Molly a freelance position copywriting for a new bakery, finding romance is just about the last thing on her mind. But the sexy British pastry chef who's heading up the bakery has other thoughts

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris and is blind by age six. Her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo on the coast. In Germany, Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, which wins him a place with the Hitler Youth. Werner travels throughout Europe, and finally to Saint-Malo.

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago. One day, an old book arrives on Simon's doorstep: a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, whose reports include the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of "mermaids" in Simon's family have drowned - always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon's family?

Furiously Happy is about "taking those moments when things are fine and making them amazing, because those moments are what make us who we are, and they're the same moments we take into battle with us when our brains declare war on our very existence. It's the difference between "surviving life" and "living life". It's the difference between being "sane" and being "furiously happy."This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are - the beautiful and the flawed - and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways.

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home--and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

Are you interested in discovering the fiction of other countries and cultures? There is truly a world of reading out there to explore. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of international authors--from Afghanistan to Zambia.

Lunch and a Book January 2016

 

All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr — When Marie Laure is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Please join us at noon on January 14.

 

Lunch and a Book 2016 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr — January 14

 

The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins — February 11

 

 

The invention of wings: a novel by Sue Monk Kidd — March 10

 

 

Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — April 14

 

 

Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie — May 12

 

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