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This group meets at 6:30pm in the Board Room at the Sugar Grove Public Library on the first Tuesday of each month.
Orphan Train

July 7, 2015
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 luck and chance. This is the story of one such child. As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are reminders of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendships.

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Prayers for Sale

August 4, 2015
Prayers for Sale
by Sandra Dallas

Set in the high country of Colorado during the Depression, this is the story of an unforgettable friendship between two women--eighty-six-year-old Hennie Comfort and seventeen-year-old Nit Spindle--and the deepest hardships and darkest secrets they shared with each other.
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September 1, 2015
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose...

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, an soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common - a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?


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October 6, 2015
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of hte family members - including Addie herself- as well as others the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.

Considered one of the most influential novels in American fiction in structure, style, and drama, As I Lay Dying is a true 20th century classic.

"I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall. " - William Faulkner on As I Lay Dying

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November 3, 2015
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry's life is not all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. but when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over - and see everything anew.



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December 1, 2015
Everything I Never Told You
by Celest Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.

So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehowinvolved. But it's the youngest of the family-Hannah-who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

The discussion is group-moderated and open to anyone who has read the book. Copies of each book are available at the circulation desk one month before each discussion. Contact the library with any questions about this group by calling 630-466-4686 or click HERE to send us an email message.
 

This group meets at 6:30pm in the Quiet Meeting Room at the Sugar Grove Public Library on the first Thursday of each month.

July 2, 2015
Well Read, Then Dead
by Terrie Farley Moran




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August 6, 2015
Death of a Crabby Cook
by Penny Pike

 

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September 3, 2015
Murder on the Rocks
by Allyson Abbott

 

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October 1, 2015
Murder at the Book Group
by Maggie King

 

 

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November 5, 2015
Antiques Road Kill
by Barbara Allan

 

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December 3, 2015
The Christie Curse
by Victoria Abbott

 


 



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