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Adult Book Discussion (Jan-June 2016) Print


This group meets in the Board Room on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Books are reserved at the circulation desk and can be picked up one month before the meeting.

January 05, 2016
by Marilyne Robinson

Twenty-four years after her first novel, Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Writing in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Marilynne Robinson's beautiful, spare, and spiritual prose allows "even the faithless reader to feel the possibility of transcendent order" (Slate). In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life.

February 2, 2016
All the Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.  In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

March 1, 2016
The Rosie Project
By Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

April  5, 2016
The Boys in the Boat
By Daniel James Brown

The story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home.

May 3, 2016

The Shell Seekers

by Rosamunde Picher

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart.


June 7th, 2016
The Light Between Oceans
By M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. 
Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Mystery Readers Book Club (Jan-June 2016) Print


This group meets in the Quiet Reading Room on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Books are available at circulation desk for checkout one month before the meeting date.

January 07, 2016
Murder at the PTA
By Laura Alden

After Tarver Elementary School’s unpopular principal is murdered, PTA secretary and mother of two Beth Kennedy puts aside bake sales and class trip fund-raisers to catch a killer.  And when members of the PTA become suspects, she realizes solving this murder will not be as easy as ABC.

February 4, 2016
The Bleak Midwinter
By Julia Spencer-Fleming

Clare Ferguson, St Alban’s new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Millers Kill, New York.   She is not just a “lady”, she’s a tough ex-army chopper pilot, and nobody’s fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town’s police chief, Russ Van Alstyne who’s also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown.  Their search for the baby’s mother quickly leads them into the secrets that shadow Millers Kill like the ever present Adirondacks.  What they discover is a world of trouble, an attraction to each other – and murder.

March 3, 2016
You Cannoli Die Once
By Shelley Costa

At Miracolo Northern Italian restaurant, one can savor brilliantly seasoned veal saltimbocca, or luscious rissotta alla Milanese, but no cannoli.  Never cannoli.  Maria Pia Angelotta, the spirited seventy-six-year-old owner of the Philadelphia area eatery that’s been in her family for four generations, has butted heads with her head chef over the cannoli ban more than once.  When the head chef is your own granddaughter things can get a little heated.
Fortunately Eve Angelotta knows how to handle what her Nona dishes out.  When Maria Pia’s boyfriend is found dead in Miracolo’s kitchen, bludgeoned by a marble mortar, the  question arises: can a woman this fiery and stubborn over cream-filled pastry be capable of murder?
The police seem to think so and they put the elder Angelotta behind bars, while Eve, sexy neighborhood attorney Joe Beck, and the entire Miracolo family- parenti di sangue and otherwise - try every trick in the cookbook to unravel a tangle of lies and expose a killer.

April  7, 2016
Rosemary and Crime
By Gail Oust

Murder comes well-seasoned in the charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott.
Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living life in the South, has got her sass back.  She might be down but don’t count her out.  “Change of life?” she asks.  Bring it on. Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream she’s secretly harbored: owning her own business, Spice it up, a spice shop in her adopted hometown, Brandy wine Creek, Georgia. But Piper’s grand opening goes awry when the local chef who’s agreed to do cooking demo is found stabbed,  Not only did Piper find the body, she handled the murder weapon and doesn’t have a witness to her alibi, making the case look like a slam dunk to brand new police Chief Wyatt McBride.    
Desperate to uncover the truth and prove her innocence, Piper enlists the help of her outspoken BFF Reba Mae Johnson to help track down the real culprit.  The pair compiles a lengthy list of suspects and work to eliminate them using their own creative brand of sleuthing techniques including stakeouts, breaking and entering and one very unorthodox chocolate pie.  When Piper narrowly avoids being a victim of a hit-and-run, she knows she’s getting closer to the truth.  Can she catch the killer and clear her name before she becomes the next victim?

May 5, 2016

Emma Winberry and the Evil Eye

By Helen Macie Osterman

Join us as the author visits our book club meeting. At 6 pm, join the book club discussion. The author's presentation will be from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


June 2nd, 2016
Murder at the Breakers
By Alyssa Maxwell

As the 19th century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood.
Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, 21-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do - report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer.
But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother, Brady, is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost.


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