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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