March 2020 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7:00 pm on March 24 to discuss Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. This sweeping family saga, set in Hawai’i and California from 1917 through World War II is the long awaited sequel to Moloka’i. Here is my earlier review.

On Thursday, March 19, the Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame). “Working as a private investigator after losing his leg in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike takes the case of a legendary supermodel’s suspicious suicide and finds himself in a world of multi-millionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, desperate designers and hedonist pursuits.” Discussion begins at 7:00 pm, with optional dinner at 6:00 pm. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public LIbrary.

 

Copies of both books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Enjoy!

Brenda

February 2020 Book Discussions

In February, the book groups will be discussing two titles set in December, but in very different climates: the hot Australian outback and an upstate New York snowstorm. Take your pick and join us; copies of both books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will be discussing The Lost Man by Jane Harper at 7:00 pm on February 25, about a rancher who seems to have everything but is found dead by a lone headstone in the summer heat. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 20 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, the first book in the Clare Fergusson mysteries series. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Optional dinner is at 6:00 p.m.

Happy reading! Brenda

 

January 2020 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on January 28 to discuss Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, a biographical novel about Maude Gage Baum, whose husband wrote The Wizard of Oz. Finding Dorothy is a Library Reads pick, and I’m one of many readers advisors who nominated it. Here’s my earlier review, which I shared with the author at a book signing.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss the Japanese crime thriller The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Optional dinner is at 6:00 p.m.

Copies of both titles are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda

October 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 22 to discuss Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel centered around a house that needs renovations in two very different time periods.  My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 17 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, a psychological thriller.  Come at 6:00 p.m. for an optional dinner. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of both books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda

Summer Book Discussions and Book Buzz

It’s time for summer reading! Deep Dive Into Reading is the library’s Summer Reading Program for adults and teens. Sign up online or at the Reference Desk. The Kids Summer Reading Snorkel is also going on.

I am hosting a Book Buzz! What Will You Read Next? program on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. Register here for a free tote bag, and come to hear about new and forthcoming books for adults and teens from Penguin Random House. There will be a few book giveaways and light refreshments.

Stop at the Circulation Desk to pick up a copy of Meet Me at the Museum, by Anne Youngson, and come to our book discussion on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. A British woman on a farm begins exchanging letters with a museum curator in Denmark, in this charming contemporary novel. Here’s my earlier review. Note the earlier week.

On Tuesday, July 16, we’ll meet at 7 p.m. to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, a riveting story set in meticulously planned Shaker Heights that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. My review is here.

Happy summer reading!  Brenda

May 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on May 28 to discuss Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler. This contemporary novel is bittersweet yet hopeful, about the turning points in Willa Drake’s life, and self-discovery. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7:00 p.m. on May 16 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss The Dry, by Jane Harper. Here’s my earlier review of this excellent if rather dark contemporary mystery, set in a small outback town in Australia. Come at 6:00 p.m. for an optional dinner. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of both books are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda

April 2019 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7:00 p.m. on April 23 to discuss The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis. This historical novel is set in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in the late 1920s, when it hosted an art school, and in 1974. My earlier review is here.

The Crime Readers will meet at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 to discuss Infernal Angels by Loren Estleman. Optional dinner is at 6:00 p.m. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of both titles are available now at the Circulation Desk.

Brenda