Hillbilly Elegy - July 30

At our June 25th bookgroup, we discussed Dry by Jane Harper. Most of the group enjoys mysteries, and this one held us all to the end.  Definitely a quick read for the group and well received. We had the Oreo brownie from Frosted which was excellent!

Our next bookgroup meeting will be Monday, July 30 at 3pm in the Library's large meeting room.  The book is Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance.  Copies of the book are available at the library desk and discussion sheets can be picked up or are available online.  

Summary: "J. D. Vance's grandparents moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. However, Vance's family struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of poverty. A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country."

Dry by Jane Harper - June 25

At our May 21st meeting, we discussed the book  Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.  Even though we all greatly enjoyed the book, we've decided we'd like to take a break from WWII historical fiction for a while.  We had treats from Frosted that we're lovely.


Our next book selection is Dry by Jane Harper.  We will meet at 3pm on Monday, June 25th in the new meeting room.  Books are available for pickup from the front desk and discussion sheets are available in the library or onlineSummary: "A small town hides big secrets in The Dry. After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead. Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets."

Women in the Castle - May 21

At our April meeting, we discussed the book, Killers of the Flower Moon.  It was very well received by the group and everyone felt that there hasn't been enough of Native American history taught at school.  We had cookies and turnovers from Frosted.

Our next book group is a week earlier than usual due to the Memorial Day holiday.  We will be meeting on Monday, May 21 at  3pm at the LME Library. We're discussing Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.  Books can be picked up at the front desk and discussion sheets are also available for pickup or online.  

Summary for Women in the CastleThree women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war--each with their own unique share of challenges.

April 30 - Killers of the Flower Moon

At our March 26th meeting, we discussed Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  The book club has read two other of Bachman's novels including A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. For Beartown, most readers felt the book had a slow start but overall was extremely well written.  Many of us thought it would be about hockey, but it's not.  If you like well defined characters, books about topical issues, or community dynamics, this book will not disappoint.  The second book in the series, Us Against You, will be coming out in June 2018.  For refreshments, we had cookies and cupcakes from Frosted Bakery.

Our next book group meeting will be Monday, April 30th at 3pm at the LME Library meeting room.  Copies of the book, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, are available at the front desk.  Discussion sheets can be picked up or are available online.  This is a non-fiction book based on the true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

The Great American Read coming in May 2018


PBS will be hosting THE GREAT AMERICAN READ in May 2018. GAR will launch with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations nationally. Over the course of 15 weeks in the summer, viewers can read and vote on favorite works of fiction; the series then returns in the fall with additional episodes exploring the nominated books through themes including “Heroes,” “Villains & Monsters,” “Who Am I?,” “What We Do for Love,” “Other Worlds,” and will conclude with an exciting finale and countdown to “America’s Best-Loved Book.”

More information can be found at:
http://www.pbs.org/book-view-now/blogs/news/2018/02/02/the-great-american-reads-from-pbs/ 

Watch for more information!

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