Lunch & a Book

The library's lunchtime book discussion group started in September 1998. Books include works of fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary novels. We meet on the second Thursday of the month from Noon to 1:00 PM. The December meeting is used to share favorite titles and make suggestions for the coming year.

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In 1937, Shanghai is a city of great wealth and glamour. Thanks to the financial security provided by their father's prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. In order to repay his debts he sells the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. Join us as we discuss the 2016 Everyone's Reading title on Thursday, April 14 at noon.

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The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined". Join us on Thursday, March 10 at noon.

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.

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

 

Lunch and a Book November 2015

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - Set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." Join us on Thursday November 12 at noon.

Lunch and a Book September 2015

Us by David Nicholls ?? After almost 30 years of marriage, Connie tells Douglas that she thinks she wants a divorce. But she can't bring herself to cancel their month-long tour of European capitals experiencing the world's greatest works of art with their son Albie. Douglas is privately convinced that this trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and may even help him to bond with Albie. Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves and learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger. Join us Thursday, September 10 at noon.

Lunch and a Book - June

The fault in our stars by John Green ?? Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. Join us Thursday, June 11 at noon.

Lunch and a Book May 2015

The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel by Fannie Flagg ?? Spanning decades, generations, and America in the 1940s and today, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is a fun-loving mystery about an Alabama woman today, and five women who in 1943 worked in a Phillips 66 gas station, during the WWII years. Like Fannie Flagg's classic Fried Green Tomatoes, this is filled to the brim with Flagg's trademark funny voice and storytelling magic. Join us Thursday May 14 at noon.

Lunch and a Book April 2015

Join us Thursday, April 9 at noon as we discuss:

The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard ?? A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

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