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Book Club List for 2017

Library Book Club 2017 Selections* - Open to anyone who wants to join the discussion. 

The book club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and the discussion will be from 5:30-6:30 PM.

*Selections my change.

January 10th- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. First published in the US in 1997, the book starts the popular series of based on a young wizard as he attends his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizard.

February 14th - The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth. Setting her tale during the violence and political upheaval of Napoleon I’s central European campaign, Forsyth tells the true story of Dortchen Wild, source of many of the most beloved fairy tales compiled by the famous Grimm brothers.

March 14th - Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman. Follows the author's incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances. (both)

April 11th - The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker. Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Book club will meet at the Ice Cream Parlor - Upper level

May 9th - America’s War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew Bacevich. A critical assessment of America's foreign policy in the Middle East throughout the past four decades evaluates and connects regional engagements since 1990 while revealing their massive costs. Book club will meet at the Ice Cream Parlor - Upper level

June 13th - The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. Book club will meet at the Ice Cream Parlor - Upper level

July 11th - News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an old ex-soldier who makes a living reading the news to townspeople in 1870s Texas, and Joanna, the Indian captive he is charged with returning to her relatives.    

August 8th- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Sept 12th - Bottomland by Michelle Hoover. (All Iowa Reads) A German family in the Iowa plains tries to fight the rising tide of Anti-German sentiment in the years following World War I while searching for their two youngest daughters who vanished suddenly in the middle of the night.

October 10th - Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father and struggles with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events in the mid-1950s.  

November 14th - Vivian in Red by Kristina Riggle. When the apparition of a woman who inspired him 60 years prior causes him to have a stroke, Broadway producer Milo Short, enlists the help of his failed-journalist granddaughter, Eleanor, to unravel the mystery surrounding his muse.

December 12th - Crosstalk by Connie Willis. A genre-bending novel that pushes social media, smartphone technology, and twenty-four-hour availability to hilarious and chilling extremes as one young woman abruptly finds herself with way more connectivity than she ever desired.

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