Tuesday Night Book Club

Tuesday Night Book Club: A Gathering of Old Men

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Set on a Louisiana sugarcane plantation in the 1970s, A Gathering of Old Men is a powerful depiction of racial tensions arising over the death of a Cajun farmer at the hands of a black man. 

"Poignant, powerful, earthy...a novel of Southern racial confrontation in which a group of elderly black men band together against whites who seek vengeance for the murder of one of their own."--Booklist

"A fine novel...there is a denouement that will shock and move readers as much as it does the characters."--Philadelphia Inquirer

Tuesday Night Book Club: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Chinese American Henry and Japanese American Keiko bond as the only Asian students in a Seattle elementary school in 1942. The two are the victims of both racist attitudes and the patriotic fervor following Pearl Harbor. While emphasizing their deep friendship, first-time novelist Ford also conveys the minute details of that particular time and place.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Wishin' and Hopin'

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In this charming departure for Lamb (The Hour I First Believed), feisty fifth grader Felix Funicello (yes, distant cousin to Annette) anticipates Christmas. It's 1964 in blue-collar Connecticut, and Felix worries that he's caused Sister Dymphna's mental breakdown. When the school's Christmas pageant rolls around, the school brown-noser and the new Russian girl duke it out over who gets to play Mary. Full of pop-culture references of the day (the Beatles, for example, as well as the Queen Mouseketeer), this will have broad appeal.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Clinton offers a biography of Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882) that challenges previous assumptions and harsh portrayals of her.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Widow of the South

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman, an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her companyalong with the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years ago, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and buried them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met that day of the battle that changed everything.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Lady of Arlington

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Many people know something about her husband, Robert E. Lee; perhaps even more know her great-grandfather, George Washington; some have even visited her family estate. But few people today know much about Mary Custis Lee - wife, mother, daughter, and the Lady of Arlington, Virginia.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Sarah's Key

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

A New York Times bestseller. Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Stones from the River

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

A stunning novel about ordinary people living in extraordinary times--set in a small German town and spanning both world wars. Through the voice of the town's unofficial historian and conscience, Hegi explores the secrets, the actions, and lack of action that shapes the residents' fates.

Tuesday Night Book Club: Ice Bound

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

It was splashed across every newspaper in 1999: a woman doctor in Antarctica finds a lump in her breast and after performing her own biopsy realizes that she has a particularly aggressive form of cancer. But no planes can land during the long winter months, and she must administer her own chemotherapy. That woman was Nielsen, and this is her story of her battle with cancer and the extreme conditions of the South Pole. Alone and scared, Nielsen describes the feelings that washed over her that long winter.

Tuesday Night Book Club: The Color of Light

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Newly divorced and pregnant with her second child, Jillian Parrish seeks refuge in the South Carolina island community where she spent her childhood summers. Though Pawley's Island is the only place she feels truly at home, she is haunted by childhood memories of her parents' troubled marriage and the unsolved disappearance of her best friend, Lauren, especially when she reconnects with a friend who was implicated in the disappearance.

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