Melanie Benjamin fans

If you are a fan of Illinois author, Melanie Benjamin, she will be at Peoria Public in October!  “What’s Your Story,” a celebration,  to honor 135 years of Peoria Public Library, will be held on Monday, October 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Main Library at 107 N.E. Monroe in Peoria and will feature New York Times bestselling author Melanie Benjamin as well as many other events. 

"Talk About A Good Book" Bookgroup has read 2 titles by Melanie--Alice I have Been and the Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.  Her most recent book was the Avaitor's Wife which was released in 2013.  

More information about the Peoria Public Library event can be found on their website.

Book Club white paper

One of our resources for LME Library patrons, Bookbrowse, has recently published a white paper on book clubs.  Bookbrowse is an online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and more. Access to Bookbrowse is on the LME Library website under "Library Subscription Databases" (left column).  LME Library card holders can also access Bookbrowse outside the library.

Based on recent research, in-depth interviews and extensive experience, BookBrowse's white paper provides an intriguing and insightful look at Book Clubs. Download it for free at  
(this link takes you straight to the download, no form to fill in)

The paper contains information about:
  • The two life stages when book club participation increases
  • How many belong to book clubs, both in-person and online
  • The five key attributes book clubs look for when choosing books
  • The importance of libraries 
  • How many books book clubbers borrow
  • What men in book clubs think
  • What men interested in joining a book club want
  • How many Friends of the Library members are in a book club
The white paper also contains links to advice on how to start and run a book club, and interviews with a wide variety of book clubs, with a particular focus on clubs that meet in libraries and have a mix of men and women.

Hurricane Sisters - August 2015

At our July 27th meeting, we discussed the book, Gemini by Carol Cassella.   Everyone really enjoyed the book and for many, it will be something they will think about for a long time. We had great conversations about genetic anomalies and quality of life vs quantity. Refreshments were pound cake, white cake and fruit.

Our next book will be Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank.  We will meet on Monday, August 31st at 3pm in the Library's Turner Room.  Books are available for pickup in the library and the discussion sheets are available in the library or online.  Please join us!

Hurricane Sisters summary:
"Once again Dorothea Benton Frank takes us deep into the heart of her magical South Carolina Lowcountry on a tumultuous journey filled with longings, disappointments, and, finally, a road toward happiness that is hard earned. There we meet three generations of women buried in secrets. The determined matriarch, Maisie Pringle, at eighty, is a force to be reckoned with because she will have the final word on everything, especially when she's dead wrong. Her daughter, Liz, is caught up in the classic maelstrom of being middle-aged and in an emotionally demanding career that will eventually open all their eyes to a terrible truth. And Liz's beautiful twenty-something daughter, Ashley, whose dreamy ambitions of her unlikely future keeps them all at odds. The Lowcountry has endured its share of war and bloodshed like the rest of the South, but this storm season we watch Maisie, Liz, and Ashley deal with challenges that demand they face the truth about themselves. After a terrible confrontation they are forced to rise to forgiveness, but can they establish a new order for the future of them all? This is the often hilarious, sometimes sobering, but always entertaining story of how these unforgettable women became The Hurricane Sisters."

Gemini - July 27

Our next "Talk About a Good Book" Book Club discussion will be on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3pm in the Turner Room.  The book is Gemini by Carol Cassella.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk and the discussion sheets are available in the library or online.  All adults are welcome to attend and join us for refreshments!

Summary: Dr. Charlotte Reese finds herself fighting to keep an unconscious ICU patient stable while also unwrapping the mystery of the unconscious woman, the victim of a hit-and-run. Consumed by questions about the woman’s identity, Charlotte enlists Eric, her journalist boyfriend, to investigate. Their search for answers brings them to heartrending truths about Jane Doe―and themselves. In beautiful interwoven storytelling, master of medical drama Carol Cassella presents two women—lifetimes apart—who face the inescapable forces shaping their lives. Filled with stunning medical detail and set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, Gemini is a vivid novel of moral complexity and emotional depth.

Rosie Project - June 29th

We read the Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion for our June 29th meeting.  It was a very popular book, and we even had to put more copies on hold.  The discussion guide was available online.  Simsion's second book, Rosie Effect has also been popular with our group.  For refreshments, we had an ice cream sundae bar.  Overall, the group really enjoyed the book and we had 9 members attend.  The book was engaging and was a great summer read.

Sumary: Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

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