August 29 - The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace

At our July 25th book group, we discussed What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.  The group really liked the book and felt it was a great summer read.  Our refreshments included Lemon Meringue Piezucchini breads, and fresh fruit.

Our next book group will be Monday, August 29th at 3pm in the Turner Room. We will be reading the Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.  Copies of the book are available at the LME Library desk.  Discussion sheets can be picked up with the book or are available online.  Summary: 
 

On arriving at Yale, Jeff Hobbs became fast friends with the man who would be his roommate for four years. Robert Peace's life had been rough, living in poverty with his mother in 1980s Newark, his father in jail. But he was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier. It didn't. In an honest rendering of Robert's relationships in two fiercely insular worlds, Hobbs encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America.

July 25 - What Alice Forgot

At our book group on Monday, June 27th, we discussed Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  There's a lot of narrative in the book, and many of our members didn't care for it.  However, others liked the character and family details that spanned a generation.  We enjoyed One-Step Pound Cake and grapes during the discussion.

Our next book is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty,  We will meet on Monday, July 25th at 3pm in the Turner Room.  Copies can be picked up at the circulation desk and discussion sheets are available at the library or online.  

Summary: Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine her surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital to find out that she's getting divorced, has three kids, and is actually thirty-nine. Now Alice must reconstruct a lost decade -- and try to reconstruct her life. Ultimately, she must discover if forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and if it's possible to start over.

June 27 - Some Luck

At our May 23rd book group, we discussed The Martian by Andy Weir. Everyone enjoyed the plausibility of the story even though some of the technical aspects were not always understood. It was very readable and members would recommend it to other readers. This was one of our favorite quotes:
Every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out.  It might not seem that way sometimes, but it's true. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception.
Our refreshments focused on (what else): potatoes! We had Orange Delight Potato Cake (from the book The Popular Potato Best Recipes by Valwyn McMonigal) and Potato Chip Cookies.

Our next meeting is Monday, June 27th at 3pm in the Turner Room. We will be reading Some Luck by Jane Smiley. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk and discussion guides can be picked up or are available online. Summary: "An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s."

Fredrik Backman's new book will be out May 3rd!

One of our favorite authors will be publishing a new book soon, and I wanted to share this interview with fans.  Fredrik Backman wrote A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry--both of which our book group read and loved!  His newest book is Britt-Marie Was Here and continues the story of one of the primary characters in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.

A detailed description of Britt-Marie Was Here and the author interview is available from Shelf Awareness at http://www.shelf-awareness.com/max-issue.html?issue=196#m416.  The book will be out on May 3, 2016 and we can hardly wait to read it! 

May 2016 - The Martian

At our meeting on April 25th, we discussed the book Dead Wake by Erik Larson.  The group really liked the way the author presented the story with details about the history surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania. Overall, the group rated it very highly and would recommend it to others.  Our refreshments included Triple Chocolate Cheesecake and fresh fruit.

Our next book group will be on Monday, May 23rd at 3pm in the Turner Room.  PLEASE NOTE: this is a week earlier than usual due to the Memorial Day holiday.  We will be discussing The Martian by Any Weir.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk and the discussion guide is available for pickup or can be obtained online. Regular print, large print, ebook, eaudio, and audio book formats are available.

Summary: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive -- and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills -- and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit -- he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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