Tuesday, November 14, 2017

COMMONWEALTH, BY ANN PATCHETT

Book Discussion Date and Time: 

Monday, December 18, 2017, at 2:00 P.M.

The Cousins and the Keatings are two California families forever intertwined and permanently shattered by infidelity. Bert Cousins leaves his wife for Beverly Keating, leaving her to raise four children on her own. Beverly, with two children of her own, leaves her husband for Bert. The six children involved are forced to forge a childhood bond based on the combined disappointment in their parents. As adults, they find their families’ stories revealed in a way they couldn’t possibly expect. Patchett has written a family drama that perfectly captures both the absurdity and the heartbreak of domestic life. -- LibraryReads.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PACHINKO, BY MIN JIN LEE

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2017, 
AT 2:00 P.M.

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.
 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, BY ELIZABETH STROUT


BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017, AT 2:00 P.M.

An unforgettable cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss in this new work of fiction by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NUTSHELL, BY IAN McEWAN

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: Monday, September 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.


Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home -- a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse -- but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.
Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world's master storytellers.

Monday, June 19, 2017

THE RENT COLLECTOR, BY CAMRON WRIGHT

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 10:30 A.M.
(Our Summer Schedule)
Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working.
Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money — a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past. The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one woman's journey to save her son and another woman's chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia — perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia — everyone deserves a second chance.


Monday, May 15, 2017

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT, BY KENT HARUF

Discussion Date and Time:
 Monday, June 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. 
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better—their pleasures and their difficulties—a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.

Monday, May 1, 2017

1984, BY GEORGE ORWELL

DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017, AT 2:00 P.M.
In her recent essay in the New York Times (January 17, 2017), "Why '1984' is a 2017 Must-Read," Michiko Kakutani writes: 
The dystopia described in George Orwell’s nearly 70-year-old novel “1984” suddenly feels all too familiar. A world in which Big Brother (or maybe the National Security Agency) is always listening in, and high-tech devices can eavesdrop in people’s homes. (Hey, Alexa, what’s up?) A world of endless war, where fear and hate are drummed up against foreigners, and movies show boatloads of refugees dying at sea. A world in which the government insists that reality is not “something objective, external, existing in its own right” — but rather, “whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth.”

 Please join H-WPL Readers for a lively and timely discussion of this classic  novel.