Next meeting November 27-Nightingale

At our October 30th program, we discussed The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. All felt this was a book that covered a topic little of us knew about and serves as an important work on women's history.  Personally, I didn't like how it jumped around the timeline and the author's technique of compartmentalizing the information to demonstrate the methods employed at the site made it difficult to engage in the book. Overall though, the group liked it and appreciated learning about tubealloy and the Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  

We also started picking our books for next year.  So far, we have six fiction titles chosen.  At our next meeting we will pick our last two fiction  and three non-fiction books.  Titles can still be suggested - please forward me your suggestions by our next meeting which is Monday, November 27th at 3pm.  We will meet in the large meeting room.  Feel free to park in front of the meeting room entrance since the doors will be unlocked.  We will be discussing Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  Books are available for pickup at the library and the discussion sheets are available at the library desk or online.  Here's a summary of the book: "The nightingale tells the story of two sisters, separated by years and experiences, by ideals, passion, and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France."

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

Like to vote on the best books of the year?  Goodreads is having its annual Choice Awards from 2017 and the opening round polls are now open!

Voting Schedule
Opening RoundOct. 31 -
Nov. 5
Semifinal RoundNov. 7 - 12
Final RoundNov. 14 - 27
Winners AnnouncedDec. 5

Top books for 2017

We're already seeing some of the top books for 2017 lists coming out!  Here's what I have so far (10/27/17):

Publisher's Week Best Books of 2017

2017 Teen's Top Ten (American Library Association's YALSA)

I'll add more as they appear...

Update 11/20/17--Library Journal's Top 10

Girls of Atomic City - October 30

At our September 25th meeting, we discussed The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood.  Everyone enjoyed the book and we had a great discussion on the books that matter most to us.  Overall, we liked the story progression and didn't focus much on the book titles featured.  We had Pepperidge Farm Lemon Cake and watermelon.  The hot weather was also perfect for having lemonade.

Our next bookgroup will be Monday, October 30th in the new library meeting room.  We will discuss the book Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.  Books are now available for checkout at the front desk and discussion sheets are also available at the desk or online

Summary of Girls of Atomic City:
"This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project's secret cities. All knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today."

Book that Matters Most - September 25

At our August 28th meeting, we discussed Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin.  Most members really liked the book even though the lifestyle of the very rich was completely foreign to us.  We've read several of Melanie Benjamin's books and we love how she incorporates historical facts with fiction.  We tried out the new chairs in the Turner Room extension but we'll be moving our next discussion to the new meeting room. For refreshments, we had fresh fruit and  healthy flourless fudge brownies.

Our next book group will be on September 25th at 3pm in the new meeting room.  We will be discussing the Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood.  Books are available now for pick up in the library and discussion sheets are at the desk or online.  

Summary: "An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle. Ava's twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group's goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood--one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava's story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava's mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives."

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