The Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. on January 15 for a book and movie discussion of the winner of the Great American Read, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The movie, starring Gregory Peck, will be shown at 2 pm on Sunday, January 13. Anyone who would like to discuss the book and/or the movie is welcome to participate in our discussion on January 15. I am more familiar with the movie and am looking forward to reading the book for the first time in many years.
The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on January 22 to discuss the science fiction novel Artemis, by Andy Weir. Artemis is the first settlement on the Moon. The author is best known for his first novel, The Martian. My earlier review is here.
The Crime Readers will meet on Thursday, January 17 at 7 pm at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss Hell is Empty, by Craig Johnson. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.
Copies of the books are available now at the Circulation Desk.
The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
In this entertaining, fast-paced science fiction novel, Emperox Grayland II, aka Cardenia, pulls out all the stops to keep her empire from unraveling into chaos while also avoiding assassination attempts. The Flow streams (interstellar expressways) begin collapsing, disrupting commerce and travel. Lady Kiva Lagos, sexy and snarky, has become the administrator for a corrupt family corporation, and supports the Emperox. Meanwhile, physicist Lord Marce travels to a star system last visited 800 years ago, finding surviving colonists and an ancient avatar who may help save the day. Dramatic, engaging and action-packed, this sequel to The Collapsing Empire is a fun, fast read.
The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
Almost impossible to put down, this emotionally intense first novel is a compelling, character-driven story. Doris, 96, pages through her address book in her Stockholm apartment, remembering people encountered throughout her life in order to share her stories with Jenny, her American great-niece. Over the years, Doris experienced poverty and loss, but also love and luxury, having worked as a maid and a Parisian model, helped raise her niece and great-niece, and kept house for an artist friend. Jenny chats with Doris weekly but is kept too busy caring for her young family to remember her earlier dreams of being a writer. When Jenny and her young daughter fly to Sweden to visit Doris, she tries to find out what happened to Doris’ long lost love. A charming, ultimately heartwarming read.