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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.

Lunch & a Book - April 9

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan): Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Lunch & a Book - March 12

Finding My VoiceFinding My Voice(Diane Rehm): A leading radio personality describes her rise from an abusive childhood in an Arab-American household in Washington, D.C., to success in the field of radio and details her determined battle with spasmodic dysphonia, the rare neurological disorder that nearly destroyed her career.

Lunch & a Book - February 12

Out Stealing HorsesOut Stealing Horses (Per Petterson): After a meeting with his only neighbor, 67-year-old Trond is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for Trond and his childhood friend, Jon.

January 2009 Lunch & a Book - Jan 8

Case HistoriesCase Histories (Kate Atkinson): Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations including those of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister 30 years earlier, a lawyer whose life is turned upside-down when his daughter joins the firm, and a woman whose past mistakes and demanding family life culminate in a violent escape.

November 2008 Lunch & a Book - Nov 13

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston): When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.

October 2008 Lunch & a Book - Oct 9

The Good EarthThe Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck): A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

September 2008 Lunch & a Book - September 11

Everybody was so youngEverybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story (Amanda Vaill): A finely written biography brings to life the globe-trotting, high-living socialites who were models for works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso until tragedy struck their children at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

August 2008 Lunch & a Book - August 14

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald): This classic novel portrays the Jazz Age and all its decadence and excess as it follows the life of Jay Gatsby, a newly rich man obsessed with money, power and glamour.

July 2008 Lunch & a Book

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson A series of events in a small western town changes the lives of David Hayden, his sheriff father, his mother, and their Sioux housekeeper, as they discover the truth about family loyalty.

June 2008 Lunch & a Book

Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett (Large Print) The author of Bel Canto describes her intimate 20-year friendship with the late Lucy Grealy, tracing their introduction at a writer's workshop, the integral part their friendship played in their writing careers, and her witness to Grealy's medical deterioration.

May 2008 Lunch & a Book

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Short Stories edited by David Sedaris (Kit) A collection of favorite contemporary and classical short fiction works, selected by the author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, includes pieces by such writers as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and Joyce Carol Oates.

April 2008 Lunch & a Book

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky (Large Print Kit) Published more than 60 years following the author's death at Auschwitz, a remarkable story of life under the Nazi occupation includes two parts - "A Storm in June," set amid the chaotic 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion, and "Dolce," set in a German-occupied provincial village rife with jealousy, resentment, resistance and collaboration.

March 2008 Lunch & a Book

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King (Kit) In the early years of WW I, 15-year-old American Mary Russell encounters Sherlock Holmes, retired in Sussex Downs. Impressed with Mary, Holmes initiates her into the mysteries of detection. The collaboration is ignited by the kidnapping in Wales of Jessica Simpson, daughter of an American senator. The sleuthing duo find signs of the hand of a master criminal.

February 2008 Lunch & a Book

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (Kit) Elizabeth Gilbert was a 30-year-old successful journalist with a perfect life when she realized she was miserable. After surviving an acrimonious divorce, Gilbert sold her remaining possessions to spend a year abroad in three countries with nothing in common except starting with the letter "I." She eats (in Italy), prays (in India), and finds love (in Indonesia).

January 2008

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Kit) When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash he drops out of veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he falls in love with star performer Marlena, a romance complicated by Marlena's husband, the circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for.

2007 Titles

A Step From Heaven by An Na (Kit)

Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle (Kit)

The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver (Kit)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Kit)