March 2016 Book Discussions

On Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m., the Tuesday Morning book group will discuss The Distant Marvels by distant marvels jacketChantel Acevedo, a novel set in Cuba. Maria Sirena tells the stories of her life to a group of women waiting out  Hurricane Flora in the old governor’s mansion in 1963. She was born in 1881, on board a ship heading to Cuba. Maria also shares the stories of her mother and grandmother, so that the reader learns some of the history of modern Cuba.

simple murder jacketOn Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m, the Tuesday Evening book group will be discussing a historical mystery, A Simple Murder, by Eleanor Kuhns. Set in late 18th century New England, Will Rees is a traveling weaver and Revolutionary War veteran whose search for his missing son leads him to a Shaker community, where he is asked to solve a murder.  Both of these groups are meeting a week later than usual because of the Primary Election on March 15.

The Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 17, to discuss The Circular Staircase, by Mary Roberts Rinehart. This group is co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Meet at 6:00 p.m. for an optional dinner. The Circular Staircase was published in 1908, and a features a middle-aged woman who rents a country house for the summer, along with her grown niece and nephew, while her house is being remodeled. Reviews indicate that the book has both suspense and humor.

Copies of the three titles are available at the Adult and Teen Services Reference Desk.   staircase jacket


In the Unlikely Event

unlikely event jacketIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Miri Ammerman, 14, is having a normal winter with her unusual but loving family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, when life changes abruptly. Planes start crashing, and everyone in town seems affected. A dentist reevaluates his life, Miri’s friend Natalie thinks she hears the voice of a victim, and Natalie’s brother mourns for what could have been. Theories of sabotage or aliens are all over school, but Miri isn’t allowed to write about the accidents for the school paper. Miri meets her father for the first time, and her uncle Henry’s reporting of the crashes leads to job offers. There are parties, sleepovers, first boyfriends, an engagement, a divorce, a late-in-life romance, and travel to Florida and Las Vegas. The author was a young teen living in Elizabeth when the airplanes crashed, and spent five years writing this story. The early 1950s really come to life in this compelling story that’s hard to put down and feels much shorter than its 402 pages.