Adult Book Group
If you love to read and talk about what you’ve read, this one is for YOU! We meet at 7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Below are dates and the reading lists for the coming months:
July 25: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
The novel is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens 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. —Amazon
August 22: The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede.
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. —Amazon
September 26: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
“A fast-paced and fascinating biography of Russian-spy-turned-British-asset Oleg Gordievsky… It’s nonfiction, but it reads like the best of thrillers… The toll spying takes on Gordievsky’s personal life is enthralling, and the details of how deep the effects of one KGB agent’s deception can go are, in these days of Russian election meddling, quite frightening.”
—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
October 24: The Widows of Malabar Hills by Sujata Massey
An Amazon Best Book of January 2018: Set in 1920s Bombay, The Widows of a Malabar Hill introduces Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female solicitor, who works for her father’s law firm, handling contracts and estate work. When one of her father’s Muslim clients dies and the trustee of the estate submits paperwork, signed by his three widows, donating the bulk of their inheritance to charity, Perveen’s suspicions are aroused. The widows live in purdah, totally cut off from the outside world, and as she delves deeper into the secrets and betrayals in the house on Malabar Hill, what started as a routine inquiry quickly escalates to murder. Perveen has painful experience of the ways in which women’s voices can be silenced, and driven by personal tragedy to protect the rights of such women, even murder can’t deter her. Massey deftly evokes the sights, the sounds, and the heat of Bombay as her clever and determined heroine, aided by a large supporting cast of sharply-drawn characters, sidesteps both custom and danger to deliver justice. –Vannessa Cronin
November 21 (3rd Thursday of the month) — special treat: Author visit! The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife by Maryann McFadden
“A heartbreaking story of shame, secrets and the quest for love and redemption. McFadden relays a forgotten tragedy, which once held Victorian America in thrall, through the eyes of Rachel Miller, the cemetery keeper’s wife. With passion and a keen sense of detail, McFadden, whose real life coincidences mirror Rachel’s, is the perfect person to tell this story.”
Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Beach House and The Butterfly’s Daughter
All are welcome to join our lively discussion. No registration required. We are happy to reserve copies of the book for anyone interested. All book club titles are also downloaded onto our pre-loaded Kindles to go. Refreshments will be served.