March 2015 Book Discussions

On March 17 at 10:00 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing Lisette’s List, by Susan Vreeland, lisette's list jacketthe author of Clara and Mr. Tiffany and The Luncheon of the Boating Party, former book discussion selections. Set in Paris and Provence in the late 1930s to the late 1940s, Parisian Lisette has a rough transition to life in Provence with her husband Andre and his grandfather Pascal. Andre is a frame maker, and Pascal has a collection of seven paintings by French artists. Ochre mined near Roussillon was used for pigments in the paintings. When the war begins, the paintings are hidden, and Lisette must adapt to life in Provence.

at home uk jacketOn March 24 at 7:00 p.m., the Tuesday Evening Book Group will be discussing At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson, one of the ReDiscover: Celebrating Home selections. The author lives in a large Victorian house in England, and uses the rooms of his own home as a jumping point to explore the general history of domesticity. Bryson is an entertaining writer who frequently digresses from the history of the house to explore related trivia, such as the meaning of room and board, how sugar consumption has changed, the invention of the mousetrap, the history of paint, and quite a lot about food and disease.

The Crime Readers are meeting at Home Run Inn Pizza at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 to discuss The Broken Shore by Peter Tample, set in rural southeastern Australia. Optional dinner at 6:00 p.m. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of all three titles are available at the Adult/Young Adult Reference Desk.
Sign up online, by phone, or in person.

Brenda


ReDiscover: Celebrating Home

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After 10 years, The Big Read has become ReDiscover, and the theme for 2015 is Celebrating Home.at home uk jacket Instead of focusing on one book, the nine public libraries in Chicago’s southwestern suburbs are focusing on a theme, and reading and discussing a variety of books. The featured books include At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson, Howard’s End by E. M. Forster, Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, The Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai, and Home by Marilynne Robinson. There will be 44 different programs for adults, several book discussions, and programs for teens and kids during March and April. The Woodridge Public Library will be hosting six programs for adults, and we will be discussing At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. To learn more, visit the ReDiscover website, the library’s website, or visit the library to pick up a ReDiscover brochure and check out a featured book and other related titles. Book discussion sign up has begun; registration for all of the other programs begins on Monday, March 2. As we look forward to spring, it’s time to Celebrate Home. Enjoy!
Brenda


February 2015 Book Discussions

On February 10* at 10:00 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing The Hundred-Foot Journey hundredfoot jacketby Richard Morais.  After tragedy forces the Haji family to close their restaurant in Mumbai, India, they emigrate to London and later settle in a small village in eastern France. The family opens an Indian restaurant directly across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant, which enrages the owner, Madame Mallory. Surprisingly, she later offers to take young Hassan Haji as an apprentice in her kitchen.

On February 17* at 7:00 p.m., the Tuesday Evening Book Group will be discussing storied life jacketThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Bookseller A.J. Fikry is cranky. He’s lonely, sales are down at his island bookstore, and a rare book goes missing. He doesn’t even enjoy reading new books. An unexpected delivery and an outgoing sale rep give him a new outlook on life.  Here is my earlier review.

The Crime Readers are meeting at Home Run Inn Pizza at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19 to discuss The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas, set in Paris. Optional dinner at 6:00 p.m. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of all three titles are available at the Adult/Young Adult Reference Desk. Sign up online, by phone, or in person.

*Note different weeks. Both groups are meeting one week earlier than usual in January and February.

Brenda


January 2015 Book Discussions

On January 13* at 10:00 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing The Boys in the Boat: Nine boysboat jacketAmericans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. This is narrative non-fiction at its best, featuring the working-class student athletes and rowing coaches at the University of Washington striving to become Olympic champions. The coaches were looking to develop a crew of eight rowers and a coxswain who could learn to work as one unit, while the students were struggling to earn enough money during the Great Depression to stay in school.

ordinarygrace jacketOn January 20* at 7:00 p.m., the Tuesday Evening Book Group will be discussing Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, a stand-alone mystery novel that has won three major awards. Death comes in several ways to New Bremen, Minnesota in the summer of 1961. 13-year-old Frank Drum, his father Nathan, a Methodist minister, and the rest of the family try to come to terms with the events of an unforgettable summer, dealing with grief, secrets, betrayal, and looking for a resolution.

The Crime Readers are meeting at Home Run Inn Pizza at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15 to discuss A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn, set in 1950s South Africa. Optional dinner at 6:00 p.m. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of all three titles are available at the Adult/Young Adult Reference Desk.
Sign up online, by phone, or in person.

*Note different weeks. Both groups are meeting one week earlier than usual in January and February.

Brenda


November Book Discussions

In November, the library’s book discussion groups will read and discuss three very different books, set in Australia, New York City, Iceland, burial ritesand England. On November 18 at 10:00 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, a historical novel set on the north coast of Iceland in the 1820s. Based on a true story, Agnes Magnusdottir and two others have been convicted of killing two men, and are awaiting final word of an appeal from Denmark. Here’s my earlier review of this remarkable first novel, from an Australian author.

rosie project jacketOn November 25 at 7:00 p.m., the Tuesday Evening Book Group will be discussing The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, a heartwarming romantic comedy, also a first novel by an Australian author. It’s rare for this type of book to be substantial enough for a book discussion, but I think this one truly is. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers are meeting at Home Run Inn Pizza on Thursday, November 20 to discuss The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey. You may have previously read and enjoyed this classic mystery about Richard III, which was published in 1951. Detective Alan Grant, recovering from injuries in a hospital, is fascinated by a portrait of Richard III, and decides to analyze whether or not Richard was guilty of murder. Here is author Jo Walton’s review .

Copies of these books are available now at the Adult/Young Adult Reference Desk, but they are going fast. Enjoy!  Brenda


Discussible Books

October is National Reading Group Month! Learn more about it here.        

I’ve updated a list of discussible books. These are books that have been discussed at the Woodridge Public Library in the past several years, and which have all led to lively discussions. Some of the titles were not universally liked, but that can make for memorable discussions.  Enjoy!  Brenda

Discussible Books 

Fiction

Benjamin, Melanie. The Aviator’s Wife

Chevalier, Tracy. The Last Runaway

Coomer, Joe. Pocketful of Names

deWitt, Patrick. The Sisters Brothers

Doig, Ivan. The Whistling Season

Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light

Dunant, Sarah. Sacred Hearts

Erdrich, Louise. The Round House

Follett, Ken. Pillars of the Earth

Ford, Jamie. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Gloss, Molly. The Hearts of Horses

Hill, Lawrence. Someone Knows My Name

James, P.D. Death Comes to Pemberley

Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

King, Laurie. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Kingsolver, Barbara. Prodigal Summer

Kline, Christina Baker. Orphan Train

Larsson, Stieg. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

McLain, Paula. The Paris Wife

Moon, Elizabeth. The Speed of Dark

O’Nan, Stewart. Last Night at the Lobster

Parkin, Gaile. Baking Cakes in Kigali

See, Lisa. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Semple, Maria. Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Shaffer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Simonson, Helen. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Stockett, Kathryn. The Help

Trigiani, Adriana. The Shoemaker’s Wife

Vreeland, Susan. Clara and Mr. Tiffany; Luncheon of the Boating Party

Walls, Jeannette. Half Broke Horses; Silver Star

 

Non-Fiction

Algeo, Matthew. Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

Beavan, Colin. No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries he makes about himself and our way of life in the process

Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Caputo, Philip. The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Child, Julia with Alex Prudhomme. My Life in France

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business

Goodman, Matthew. Eighty days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Krist, Gary. City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago

Kurson, Robert. Shadow Divers : The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

Millard, Candice. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President

Salisbury, Laney & Aly Sujo. Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

 


October 2014 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Book Group is discussing David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell at 10:00 a.m.david and goliath jacket on October 21. In David and Goliath, Gladwell presents a wide-ranging variety of anecdotes to support his belief that underdogs have certain advantages that may help them to succeed and become overachievers.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group is discussing The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett at 7:00 p.m. on October 28. The Bookman’s Tale is a first novel set in several time periods. The main part of the book is set in North bookman's tale jacketCarolina and England in the 1980s and 1990s. Rare book dealer Peter Byerly is stunned when he finds a Victorian watercolor portrait that looks just like his wife Amanda. The portrait is linked to an Elizabethan novel that was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s play, The Winter’s Tale. A copy of the novel with margin notes and lists of the book’s owners may prove that Shakespeare really was the author of his play; or the novel could be a forgery.

The Crime Readers are meeting on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss River of Darkness, by Rennie Airth. The Crime Readers, co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Library, meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. Optional dinner is at 6:00 p.m. River of Darkness is the first mystery featuring Inspector John Madden, who is sent by Scotland Yard to investigate when several people are murdered in a village in Surrey. Haunted by experiences in World War I and the loss of his family, Madden teams up with a beautiful doctor to capture the killer.

Copies of all of the books are available at the Adult/Young Adult Reference Desk.

Brenda

 


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