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


January 2017 Book Discussions

marriage-of-opposites-jacketIn January, the Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10am on January 17 to discuss The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman, a biographical novel about Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, and his parents, set on the island of St. Thomas and in Paris. Here’s my review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will discuss a memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, by Rebecfade-away-jacketca Alexander. They will meet at 7 pm on January 24. When she was 19, Rebecca learned that she was gradually going deaf and blind. Undaunted, Rebecca became a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, and since finishing her memoir, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here’s my recent review.

The Crime Readers will be discussing The Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney at 7 pm on Thursday, January 19, at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. The Crime Readers is co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library. Meet for optional dinner at 6 pm. Their selection is an award-winning historical novel set in the winter of 1867, on the Canadian frontier.

Copies of all three books are available at the Adult & Teen Services Reference Desk.tenderness-jacket


November 2016 Book Discussions

At 10:00 am on November 15, the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing Our Souls at Night, a blue-death-jacketcontemporary novel by Kent Haruf, about two recently widowed friends who get lonely in the middle of the night, and just want somebody to talk to. Their neighbors gossip, and their families don’t approve, but Louis and Addie enjoy their companionship.

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The Tuesday Evening Book group will meet at 7:00 pm on November 22 to discuss A Beautiful Blue Death, by Charles Finch, the first in a series of Victorian mysteries featuring London gentleman Charles Lenox, his butler Graham, his brother Edmund, and his neighbor, Lady Jane.

The Crime Readers will be discussing The Black Echo, by Michael Connelly at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 17 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien, with optional dinner gathering at 6:00 pm. Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch investigates the death of Billy Meadows, who he remembers from the Vietnam War.

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

Brenda


October 2016 Book Discussions

tilted-world-jacketAt 10:00 am on October 18, the Tuesday Morning Book Group will be discussing The Tilted World, a historical novel by Tom Franklin and his wife Beth Ann Fennelly. Set in a river town in Mississippi in the spring of 1927 as the river levels rise and levees upstream start failing; a tale of federal revenuers, a baby, and moonshiners. Here’s my recent review.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7:00 pm on October 25 to talk about Georgia, by Dawn Tripp. This is a biographical novel about Georgia O’Keeffe, her long, adventurous life, her art, and her relationship with her older husband, georgia jacketphotographer Alfred Stieglitz. Read more here.

The Crime Readers will be discussing Our Kind of Traitor, by John Le Carré at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 20 at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien, with optional dinner at 6:00 pm. A recent spy thriller set in Antigua, England, and Paris by a highly regarded novelist who served in British Intelligence during the Cold War. Check out our current display of Spy Thrillers, or look for Le Carré’s new memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel : Stories From My Life. The Crime Readers are co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Brenda


September 2016 Book Discussions

The Tuesday Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. on September 20 to discuss Flight of Dreams by Ariel flight of dreams jacketLawhon. This is a novel about the last voyage of the Hindenberg in 1937. It will be interesting to compare and contrast with the non-fiction account of the Lusitania in Erik Larson’s Dead Wake, which we discussed in January.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on September 27 to discuss My Name is Lucy Barton, the newest novel by author Elizabeth Strout. Elizabeth Strout will be speaking at Ashton Place in Willowbrook at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, for our Big Author Event. Here’s my review of her stunning new lucy barton jacketbook. Readers may remember her for her book of connected short stories, Olive Kitteridge, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Crime Readers return to Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien to discuss A Death in Vienna, by Daniel Silva, the thriller writer whose new book, Black Widow is topping the bestseller lists. Optional dinner is at 6 p.m., and the discussion is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15. The Crime Readers is co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

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

Brenda