2016 Titles Chosen!

At our November 23rd book group, we finished choosing the rest of our books for 2016. Thank you to all our members for helping select these titles:
2016 (Our 13th year!)

January 25
Skloot, Rebecca
February 29
Backman, Fredrik
March 28
Ng, Celeste
April 25
Larson, Erik
May 30
Weir, Andy
June 27 
Smiley, Jane
July 25
Moriarty, Liane
August 29
Hobbs, Jeff
September 26
Trigiani, Adriana
October 31
McCullough, David
November 28
Doerr, Anthony
December 12th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2016
& get our new list for 2017

Our next book group meeting will be our annual coffee chat on Monday, December 14th at 3pm in the Turner Room.  We'll discuss our favorite books of 2015 and pickup the first book of 2016.  All members are encouraged to bring a snack or dessert to share.  All are welcome!

November 23 - A Star for Mrs. Blake

Our next bookgroup meeting will be on Monday, November 23rd at 3pm in the Turner Room.  Please note the date is a week earlier due to Thanksgiving. We will be discussing A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith. Copies of the book are available at the LME Library front desk and the discussion guide is available for pick-up or online.  The bookgroup is available to any adult reader so please join us!

Summary: "An emotionally-charged, brilliantly realized novel set in the 1930's about five American women--Gold Star Mothers--who travel to France to visit the graves of their WWI soldier sons. The women meet for the first time just before their journey begins: Katie, an Irish maid from Dorchester, Massachusetts; Minnie, wife of an immigrant Russian Jewish chicken farmer; Bobbie, a wealthy Boston socialite ; Wilhelmina, a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and Cora Blake, a single mother and librarian from coastal Maine. In Paris, Cora meets a journalist whose drug habit helps him hide from his own war-time fate--facial wounds so grievous he's forced to wear a metal mask. This man will change Cora's life in wholly unexpected ways. And when the women finally travel to Verdun to visit the battlegrounds where their sons fought as well as the cemeteries where they are buried, shocking events -a death, a scandal, a secret revealed--will guarantee that Cora's life and those of her traveling companions will become inextricably intertwined, and only now will they be able to emerge from their grief and return home to their loved ones. This is a timeless story set against a footnote of history: little known but unforgettable."

October 26th meeting

At our meeting on October 26th, we had wonderful attendance with thirteen members present.  In addition to discussing I am Having So much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, we also did some lightning talks to help us select titles for 2016.  

Overall, the Maum book was not one of our favorites but we had a good discussion about the characters, marriage and art.  Our refreshments were apple slices with caramel and pimento cheese dip and crackers.

The lightning talks were on half of our list of potential titles for fiction and non-fiction.  So far, we have chosen:
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (fiction)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer (fiction)
The Martian by Andy Weir (fiction)
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (fiction)
Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (non-fiction)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (non-fiction)

Thanks to everyone who helped by voting!  We'll pick the rest of the titles at our November 23rd meeting. 

Slade House by David Mitchell

As part of Central Illinois Reads (ciReads), we received 11 copies of David Mitchell's new book, Slade House and had a book discussion on 10/14/15.  It's not an author I would normally choose so that's always fun.  Definitely different but not exactly "scary"--more on the "chilling" end of the spectrum.  Mitchell writes really well, and I read the book very quickly.  I would recommend it to readers who like to read different genres and who are adventurous.  The book discussion guide is available here.  If readers liked The Magicians by Grossman, The Rook by O’Malley, or Golem and the Jinni by Wecker, they may like Slade House.  I still have one copy left, if anyone wants it.  The book doesn't even go on sale until 10/27/15, so you can read it before it's even available in stores!

I am Having So Much Fun Here Without You - October 2015

At our September 28th meeting, we discussed One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Some of the book group members didn't like how dense the articles were and how the author "jumped around" to different topics.  Since it is non-fiction, it has an index which is helpful but most members were not aware of it.  Overall, it was well liked and recieved a 4 of 5 stars rating with our group.  We had gluten free muffins for refreshments.

Our next bookgroup meeting will be Monday, October 26th at 3pm in the Library's Turner Room.  We are reading I am Having So much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. The discussion guide is available for pickup or can be found online here

Book summary:"A romance in reverse is set in Paris and London and follows an artist's attempts to fall back in love with his wife after the end of his affair, an effort that is challenged by the sale of a personal painting and his wife's discovery of his infidelity."

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