July 2017 Book Discussions

On July 18 at 10am, the Tuesday Morning Book Group will discuss Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. This book tells the true story of African-American women mathematicians who worked at Langley Research Laboratory in Virginia, and their contributions to the design of new airplanes, and later for NASA.                             
The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 pm on July 25 to discuss the short historical novel, News of the World, set in Texas in 1870, featuring traveling news reader Captain Jefferson Kidd. Here is my earlier review of one of the best books I read in 2016; I’m looking forward to rereading it.
Brenda


June 2017 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Book Group will  meet at 10 am on June 20 to discuss a book that was popular when the library was founded in 1967, Trustee from the Toolroom, by Nevil Shute. Published in 1960, this is the well-loved story of an British engineer who travels to the South Pacific to recover his young niece’s legacy. We will be meeting in the open area off the lobby, near the new books. Here’s a brief review about re-reading Nevil Shute.

On June 27 at 7 pm, the Tuesday Evening Book Group will discuss The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick. This is a contemporary novel about a man who find’s his late wife’s charm bracelet on the first anniversary of her death. Arthur doesn’t remember Miriam wearing the bracelet, and calls the phone number on a bejeweled elephant charm. Here is my earlier review.

The Crime Readers are on break until September. Happy summer reading!

Brenda


May 2017 Book Discussions

On May 16 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will discuss Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave. This is a novel about World War II, set mostly in London and Malta, and was inspired by the experiences of the author’s grandfather and both grandmother’s during the war. Here is my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on May 23 to discuss Odds Against, by Dick Francis. Published in 1965, this is a 50th anniversary program. This is the first mystery featuring Sid Halley, British steeplechase jockey turned private detective. Here is my review. 

The Crime Readers will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, to discuss The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell, featuring two women who work as typists for the NYPD in the 1920s. Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

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

Brenda


The Lost Book of the Grail

The Lost Book of the Grail, by Charlie Lovett

Arthur Prescott teaches English literature at the University of Barchester so that he can live in his grandfather’s home town, where he spent many happy weeks as a boy. He loves to read in the cathedral’s rare book library, and attends Evensong and Compline services in the cathedral, where his friend Gwyn is the dean. He meets weekly with his friends David and Oscar to discuss book collecting, and is content with his life (except for faculty meetings) until young Bethany Davis arrives from America to digitize the cathedral’s books and unsettle his world. She demonstrates the usefulness of online research to Arthur, who avoids computers, befriends Oscar and David, and helps Arthur finish his overdue guide to the cathedral. Arthur is looking for information on St. Ewolda, who founded the monastery, and is stunned to find that Bethany shares his secret interest, searching for the Holy Grail. The contemporary story alternates with short accounts of the guardians of the lost book of St. Ewolda from 560 AD to World War II, and the dangerous times they lived in. Arthur, Bethany, David, and Oscar race against time to steal a rare book, explore the cathedral’s crypt, and crack a medieval cipher before the cathedral’s board must vote on an offer to buy the rare book collection. Barchester is the fictional town described in Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope’s books, and is a charming setting for this clever academic mystery that has a little romance.
Brenda


April 2017 Book Discussions

On April 18 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will discuss Airs Above the Ground, by Mary Stewart. Published in 1965, this This is a 50th anniversary program. Young English veterinarian Vanessa March travels to Austria  and gets mixed up in a mystery involving a traveling circus and Lipizzaner stallions. Here is my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on April 25 to discuss The Translation of Love, by Lynne Katsukake, a first novel set in Tokyo in 1947. Fumi Tanaka asks her classmate Aya Shimamura, who spent the war at an internment camp in Canada, for help in finding her sister.  My review is here

The Crime Readers will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 to discuss The Tiger in the Smoke, by Margery Allingham. This British mystery, featuring amateur sleuth Albert Campion, is set in London and was published in 1952.  Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

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

Brenda                                   


March 2017 Book Discussions

dollbaby-jacketOn March 21 at 10 a.m., the Tuesday Morning Book Group will discuss the historical novel Dollbaby, by Laura Lane McNeal. Ibby Bell travels to New Orleans to stay with her eccentric grandmother, and grows up during the 1960s. Here is my earlier review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on March 28 to discuss The Empire of Deception, by Dean Jobb. This is the true story of a brilliant con man, Leo Koretz, whose empire-deception-jacketwealthy lifestyle, lavish parties, and generosity beguile his family, friends, and acquaintances into giving him millions of dollars to invest, much of it in non-existent oil wells in Bayano, Panama. Eventually his Ponzi scheme falls apart after investors visit Panama, but by then Leo is in disguise, still living extravagantly, in Nova Scotia.

The Crime Readers will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 to discuss Broken Harbor, by Tana French, a Dublin murder squad mystery. Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m.

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

Brenda


February 2017 Book Discussions

At 10 a.mbetween-you-me-jacket. on February 21, the Tuesday Morning Book Group is discussing Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris, a humorous memoir of a copy editor at the New Yorker magazine. Dictionaries, grammar, editing, pencils, and life at the New Yorker are all discussed. My earlier review of the book is here.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group is meeting at 7 p.m. on February 28 to discuss The Miniaturist, a historical novel by Jessie Burton. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, a suspenseful story of love, secrets, and an unexpectedly dangerous city. Here’s my earlier review.

The Crime Readers are talking about The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty. Theminiaturist jackety are meeting at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien at 7 pm on Thursday, February 16, with optional dinner at 6 pm. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of the books will be available at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk. Happy Reading!

Brenda