Tuesday, August 7, 2018

HEROES OF THE FRONTIER, BY DAVE EGGERS

DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018, AT 2:00 P.M.

A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Dave Egger's Heroes of the Frontier is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure. Josie and her children's father have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancee's family, Josie makes a run for it figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first, their trip feels like a vacation....




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MOVING KINGS, BY JOSHUA COHEN

   BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018,  AT 10:30 A.M. 

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Completing their compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces, 21-year-olds Yoav and Uri take off a traditional year for rest, recovery and travel in New York City, where a repossession job with a proud Jewish-American relative forces them to reacclimate to civilian life under violent conditions. 





Tuesday, June 19, 2018

STANDARD DEVIATION: A NOVEL, BY KATHERINE HEINY

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018, AT 
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A divinely funny novel from the celebrated author of Single, Carefree, Mellow about the challenges of a good marriage, the delight and heartache of raising children, and the irresistible temptation to wonder about the path not taken.

When Graham Cavanaugh divorced his first wife it was to marry his girlfriend, Audra, a woman as irrepressible as she is spontaneous and fun. But, Graham learns, life with Audra can also be exhausting, constantly interrupted by chatty phone calls, picky-eater houseguests, and invitations to weddings of people he’s never met. Audra firmly believes that through the sheer force of her personality she can overcome the most socially challenging interactions, shepherding her son through awkward playdates and origami club, and even deciding to establish a friendship with Graham’s first wife, Elspeth.  Graham isn’t sure he understands why Audra longs to be friends with the woman he divorced. After all, former spouses are hard to categorize—are they enemies, old flames, or just people you know really, really well? And as Graham and Audra share dinners, holidays, and late glasses of wine with his first wife he starts to wonder: How can anyone love two such different women? Did I make the right choice? Is there a right choice? A hilarious and rueful debut novel of love, marriage, infidelity, and origami, Standard Deviation never deviates from the superb. (katherineheiny.com)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, BY CELESTE NG

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME: MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018, AT 2:00 P.M.





In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.DISCUSSION GUIDE PREPARED BY LIBRARY STAFF

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, BY COLSON WHITEHEAD

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018, AT 2:00 P.M. 

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Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood--where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned--Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.  

In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor--engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that intially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO, BY CATHLEEN SCHINE

BOOK DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:
Monday, March 26, 2018, at 2:00 P.M.


The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don’t just grow, they grow old, and the clan’s matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished. When Joy’s beloved husband dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother’s loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy’s college days. And they didn’t count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids.
The New York Times–bestselling author Cathleen Schine has been called “full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to [ Jane] Austen’s own” (The New York Review of Books), and she is at her best in this intensely human, profound, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.
(www.us.macmillan.com)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SHADOW TAG, BY LOUISE ERDRICH

DISCUSSION DATE AND TIME:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018
AT 2:00 P.M.

Shadow Tag is a stunning tour-de-force from Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Plague of Doves and National Book Award-winner The Round House. When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative charade.