March 2018 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning book group will meet at 10 am on March 20 to discuss On Turpentine Lane, by Eleanor Lipman, an enjoyable contemporary novel. Here’s my recent review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will discuss When the English Fall, by David Williams, at 7 pm on March 27. This is a post-apocalyptic novel, set in an Amish community near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A compelling, beautifully written novel; here’s my earlier review.

The Crime Readers gather at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7 pm on Thursday, March 15 to discuss The Ghost, by Robert Harris. In this thriller, a ghost writer working on the memoir of a British politician finds out too many secrets. Meet at 6 pm for an optional dinner. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of the books are available four weeks in advance at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk.

Enjoy!

Brenda

 


February 2018 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 am on February 20 to discuss I Will Send Rain, by Rae Meadows, a novel set in Oklahoma during the early years of the Dust Bowl. I found it melancholy in tone rather than bleak, with richly drawn characters and lyrical writing. Here’s my earlier review.

On February 27 at 7 pm, the Tuesday Evening Book Group will discuss A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, a historical novel by the author of The Orphan Train. Christina Olson has always lived in her family’s farmhouse in coastal Maine. A young Andrew Wyeth meets the family and paints his famous painting “Christina’s World”. My review is here.

The Crime Readers will discuss the thriller Never Go Back by Lee Child at 7 pm on Thursday, February 15. Co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library, the Crime Readers meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien, and gather at 6 pm for an optional dinner.

Copies of the books are available at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk.

Brenda


Winter Book Discussions

In December, the Tuesday Morning and Tuesday Evening Book Groups will get together at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19 to talk about the most enjoyable books we’ve read this year. Light refreshments will be served, and I’m looking forward to adding plenty of enjoyable books to my to-be-read list for 2018. Please join us!

The Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien on Thursday, December 14 to discuss Shane, by Jack Schaefer, a classic Western. The book discussion starts at 7 pm, with optional dinner at 6 pm. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

On January 16, the Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. to discuss The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan, a novel about life in a village in southeast England during World

 

War II. Here is my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on January 23 to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Set almost entirely in the Hotel Metropol in Moscow beginning in 1922, this historical novel is a favorite. My earlier review is here.

On January 18 at 7 p.m., the Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza to discuss Full Dark House by Christopher Fowlers. Again, optional dinner at 6 p.m.

Copies of all four titles are available now at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk. Enjoy!

Brenda


November 2017 Book Discussions

It’s strange to be writing about November discussions when it’s warm and sunny outside. The Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10am on November 21 to talk about Lab Girl: A Story of Trees, Science, and Love by Hope Jahren, a memoir on several best books of 2016 lists, including mine.

On November 28 at 7pm the Tuesday Evening Book Group will discuss The Second Mrs. Hockaday, by Susan Rivers, a historical novel set during and after the Civil War.

On Thursday, November 16, the Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss The Round House, by Louise Erdrich. Co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library, the Crime Readers gather at 6 pm for optional dinner.

Copies of the books are available at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk.

Brenda


October, 2017 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. on October 17 to discuss The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende. Alma Belasco, an elderly textile artist, is looking back on her long and colorful life, especially her childhood in San Francisco and her friendships with her cousin Nathaniel and with Ichimei, the Japanese gardener’s son. My earlier review is here.

On October 24 at 7 p.m., the Tuesday Evening Book Group will be discussing Among the Living, by Jonathan Rabb. In 1947, Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Goldah moves to Savannah to live with his cousins and work in the family shoe store, and finds the thriving Jewish community virtually untouched by the war.  Here’s my earlier review.

The Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7 p.m. on October 19 to discuss Is Fat Bob Dead Yet? by Stephen Dobyns, with optional dinner at 6 p.m. The Crime Readers is co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of the books are available now at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk.

Brenda

 

 


Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Jende and Neni Jonga, immigrants from Cameroon, pursue the American dream in New York City in 2007. Jende is fortunate to find a good job as chauffeur to Lehman Brothers executive Clark Edwards and his family. Neni is in college, their son Liomi is in elementary school, and they are happy together in their tiny Harlem apartment. Jende hears Clark’s phone calls in the limo, Neni spends time in the Hamptons helping Cindy Edwards with child care, and they both learn the family’s secrets. Neni is pregnant again, and Jende wants her to take time off from work and school, even though their legal status in the United States is uncertain. Then Lehman Brothers collapses, the Great Recession begins, and both families are in turmoil. Jende thinks that with their savings, they may be happier back in Cameroon, but Neni really wants to stay and get her degree. The Edwards, not as resilient as the Jonga family, are even unhappier. They are not as vividly drawn as the Jongas, and I didn’t care about their problems as much. I really enjoyed reading about life in Cameroon, and the Jongas’ interactions with their fellow immigrants. This debut novel is our September book discussion selection, and is also the latest book club selection by Oprah Winfrey. I look forward to hearing what everyone else thought about this compelling novel.
Brenda


September 2017 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Group is meeting a week early, at 10am on September 12, to discuss Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue. In this novel, immigrants from Cameroon think the American dream is within their reach. Jende Jonga is the new chauffeur to Clark Edwards, an executive with Lehman Brothers in Manhattan, while his wife Neni is in college. Unfortunately, it’s 2007, and the recession is just around the corner.

The Tuesday Evening Group will meet again on October 24.                                                                      

The Crime Readers are back from their summer break, meeting at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7pm on Thursday, September 21. They will be discussing Billy Bathgate, by E.L. Doctorow, and gathering at 6pm for an optional dinner. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of the books are available at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk.

Brenda