A Book Club for Adults
Join us for conversation and refreshments as we discuss our current book. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at noon in the Dulaney Room at the Roy & Helen Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt St. New members are welcome!
Each year from July through June, we read two mysteries, two historical novels, three general fiction novels, three nonfiction/biographies and devote two meetings to “What else are you reading?” discussions.
Lilac Girls - September 4, 2019
A Piece of the World - October 2, 2019
The House of Spirits - November 6, 2019
Rules of Civility - December 4, 2019
Empty Mansions - February 5, 2020
Eleanor Oliphant - March 4, 2020
The Great Alone - April 1, 2020
The Library Book - May 6, 2020
Educated - June 3, 2020
September 4, 2019Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Three women’s lives are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens to one — she is sent to a Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents as they strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
October 2, 2019A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family's remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.
November 6, 2019The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
This enthralling saga weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies, and twining the personal and political into a novel of love, magic and fate.
December 4, 2019Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Katey Koren's chance encounter with Tinker Grey in a jazz bar propels her on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society — where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
January 8, 2020What Else Are You Reading?
Book club members discuss books they have recently read.
February 5, 2020Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman
This is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. It is a story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age, who lived life on her own terms.
March 4, 2020Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A smart, warm and uplifting story of an out of the ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey to open your heart.
April 1, 2020The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
In 1974, a former Vietnam POW, suffering from flashbacks and nightmares, moves his family to Alaska to live off the grid in an attempt to find peace, restoration and freedom. They will also face dangers, both internally and externally, as they face the ultimate test of the human spirit.
May 6, 2020The Library Book by Susan Orlean
This book chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire on April 29, 1986, and its aftermath to showcase the crucial role libraries play in our lives; it delves into the evolution of libraries, brings each department to vivid life and reflects on the author’s own experiences in libraries.
June 3, 2020Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
This memoir traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.