In April, the book discussion groups at the library are reading two very different fiction titles. On Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 am, the morning discussion group will meet to talk about Bootlegger’s Daughter, by Margaret Maron. This is the first book in an ongoing mystery series featuring Deborah Knott, first a lawyer and later a judge in rural North Carolina. This 1992 book won four mystery awards, which is a record. Deborah is the youngest child and only daughter of Keziah Knott, a tobacco farmer and former bootlegger. She’s also an amateur detective, often aided by her large family’s connections and local knowledge.
On Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 pm, the evening group will discuss State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett. This contemporary novel is set in Minnesota, and in Brazil. Dr. Annick Swenson has been working in the Amazon rainforest with the Lakashi tribe, doing research on fertility treatments. Dr. Swenson has stopped communicating with the Minnesota company funding her pharmaceutical research, and Dr. Anders Eckman is sent to make contact. When he dies of a fever, Dr. Marina Singh travels to Manaus, Brazil to meet with Dr. Swenson and find out what happened to her friend Anders. Marina loses her luggage, has a bad reaction to anti-malarial pills, and reaches Dr. Swenson and the Lakashi only after great difficulty. The rainforest is frightening and amazing, and Marina is stunned to find out that the Lakashi women continue to have babies well into old age.
On April 19 at 7:00 pm, the Crime Readers will meet at Shanahan’s in Woodridge to discuss Coffin for Dimitrios, by Eric Ambler. This book group is co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.
Copies of the books are available now at the Reference Desk in the Adult/Young Adult Department.