Contemporary Book Discussion Group
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . .A murder. . . a tragic accident. . . or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women; each at their own crossroads.
Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination.
Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck.
Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan (January 19)
Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff (February 16)
Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline (March 16)
Killing Patton: the strange death of World War II's most audacious general by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (April 20)
Big little lies by Liane Moriarty (May 18)
Orange is the new black: my year in a woman's prison by Piper Kerman (June 15)
Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (July 20)
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan — A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.
Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson — Christine, suffering from a rare form of amnesia where she cannot retain memories from day to day, starts seeing a new doctor who recommends she keep a journal, and her life starts getting scary when she sees she has written "Don't trust Ben," the man who claims to be her husband.
Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, November 17 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:
The kitchen house by Kathleen Grissom. After seven-year-old Lavinia is orphaned on the journey from Ireland to the United States, she begins work in the kitchen house of a tobacco plantation and bonds with the slaves who become her adopted family, but when Lavinia is accepted into the big house, her loyalties are challenged.
Someone by Alice McDermott. We first meet Marie, a bespectacled seven-year old who is standing on the steps of her Brooklyn townhouse waiting for her father. The story of Marie's life enfolds as we follow her through milestones of loss, love, marriage and motherhood.
The whip: a novel by Karen Kondazian — Based on the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer of her daughter.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.
Home front by Kristin Hannah — After 12 years of marriage, Michael and Joleen appear to be unhappy with their marriage. They edge their way closer towards divorce when the Iraq war begins, sending one away into a dangerous war zone while leaving the other at home waiting for news.
We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb — An intricate and layered portrait of marriage and family in need of understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, gay marriage, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.
Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand — On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. The only survivor was the crew's bombardier, Lt. Louis Zamperini. His true story of endurance will take your breath away.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - From the bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. Hosseini explores the many way in which families interact at the times that matter the most.
Pope Joan: a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross — One of the most controversial women of history is brought to brilliant life in this fictional tale of Pope Joan, a girl whose origins should have kept her in squalid domesticity. Instead, through her intelligence, indomitability and courage, she ascended to the throne of Rome as Pope John Anglicus.
The presidents club: inside the world's most exclusive fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy — Backroom deals, secret alliances, rivalries and rescue missions. Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy shine a light on the presidency by exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.
The storyteller: a novel by Jodi Picoult — Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined-- to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?
The storyteller: a novel by Jodi Picoult, January 20
The presidents club: inside the world's most exclusive fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, February 17
Pope Joan: a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, March 17
And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini, April 21
Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, May 19
We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb, June 16
Home front by Kristin Hannah, July 21
A walk across the sun: a novel by Corban Addison — Teen-age sisters Ahalya and Sita are left orphaned after a tsunami destroys their coastal town. Destitute and alone, they plan to seek refuge in a convent miles away. A driver agrees to take them, but instead he sells the girls to human traffickers. On the other side of the world, Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke takes a sabbatical to escape his own heartache. He volunteers at an international anti-trafficking group in India where he meets Ahalya and Sita and makes it his personal mission to save them.