September 25 - Where the Crawdads Sing

 At our meeting on August 28th, we discussed The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin. The group loved the book and would recommend it! They liked the characters and how they developed and felt that the beekeeping information was interesting. 

Our next book club meeting will be Monday, September 25 at 3pm in the library's large meeting room. We'll finally be reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. We've wanted to read this book for several years but it's been so popular that it's been hard to get enough copies for our group. Copies are available at the circulation desk and discussion sheets are available for pickup or online.

Summary of Where the Crawdads Sing: "For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps."

August 28-Music of Bees

Our next LME Library Book group will meet on Monday, August 28th at 3pm in our small meeting room. We will be discussing the book, Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin. Copies of the book are available at the desk. Discussion sheets can also be picked up or are available here.

Music of Bees summary: "Following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it"

June 2023 - French Braid and July 2023- Lincoln Highway

Sorry--it's been so busy, I got behind on posting for bookgroup! 

For our June 26th meeting, we discussed Anne Tyler's, French Braid. Most of the group didn't particularly care for the book but they all gave it a passing grade. The discussion sheet is available here.

For July 31st, we read The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. We had a great discussion about the characters, their actions, and their intentions/motivations. Everyone commented about how quickly they read the book even though it was more than 500 pages. All ratings were high for this book and it was a great read for our group. The discussion sheet is available here

May 22 - Splendid and the Vile

At our meeting on April 24th, we discussed Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury. Everyone gave it a passing grade but most aren't planning on reading other books by the author. We felt the writing was good but the religious elements felt forced and the story contrived.

Our next meeting is a week earlier than usual due to the Memorial Day holiday. We will meet on Monday, May 22nd to discuss the Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. Copies of the book are available at the desk. Discussion sheets can also be picked up or are available here.

The Splendid and the Vile summary: "The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people "the art of being fearless." It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family."

April 24 - Someone Like You

At our March 27th meeting, we discussed Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. We had a good turnout but the book didn't resonant with our members. Some didn't like the topic of loss while others felt the volume of Korean dishes mentioned was too far outside their limited knowledge. The generational gap between the author and our group members was also very apparent. A similar title, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, might have been a better pick for us. Overall, we rated the book as average.

Our next book club will meet on Monday, April 24th at 3pm at the LME Library. The book title is Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury. Copies are available at the desk in large print and regular print or online in ebook or eaudio. The discussion sheet can be picked up or printed online.

Someone Like You Summary: Maddie Baxter West is shaken to the core when she finds out everything she believed about her life was a lie. Her parents had always planned to tell her the truth about her past: that she was adopted as an embryo. But somehow the right moment never happened. Then a total stranger confronts Maddie with the truth and tells her something else that rocks her world--Maddie had a sister she never knew about. Betrayed, angry, and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiancé, rejects her family's requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is.

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