Book Club Meetings

Time Out Book Club: If I Stay

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Time Out Book Club: The Book Thief

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Time Out Book Club: Rithmatist

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

Time Out Book Club: What I Saw and How I Lied

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe's company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes. She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two.

Time Out Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . .

Time Out Book Club RESCHEDULED (Madison Public Library)

Take a ‘Time Out’ each month to meet other adult fans of YA at the Madison Public Library, enjoy a great discussion, and get exciting new recommendations. Children are welcome! Contact Ms Maggie at mallen [at] hmcpl [dot] org for more info!

November - Forest of Hands & Teeth (Ryan)
December - American Born Chinese (Yang)

Our NOVEMBER MEETING has been rescheduled for Thursday (11/7/13) @ Noon). This is a great month to join our group and make recommendations for our 2014 book selections.

BLT Book Club - The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Robert is a successful attorney who has everything in life-and nothing at all. Focused on professional achievement and material rewards, Robert is on the brink of losing his marriage. He has lost sight of his wife, Kate, their two daughters, and ultimately himself. Eight year old Nathan has a beloved mother, Maggie, whom he is losing to cancer. But Nathan and his family are building a simple yet full life, and struggling to hold onto every moment they have together.

BLT Book Club - The Voyage by Philip Caputo

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

On a June morning in 1901, Cyrus Braithwaite orders his three sons to set sail from their Maine home aboard the family's forty-six-foot schooner and not return until September. Though confused and hurt by their father's cold-blooded actions, the three brothers soon rise to the occasion and embark on a breathtakingly perilous journey down the East Coast, headed for the Florida Keys.  Almost one hundred years later, Cyrus's great-granddaughter Sybil sets out to uncover the events that transpired on the voyage.

BLT Book Club - A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Elnora Comstock grows up on the banks of Limberlost Swamp in Indiana with her bitter mother, Katharine. Unable to afford an education, Elnora develops a plan to sell artifacts and moths from the swamp. A Girl of the Limberlost has been considered a classic since its publication in 1909, inspiring several film adaptations.

The Booked for Lunch on Tuesday Book Club meets in the Monrovia Community Center meeting room next door to Monrovia Library.  For more information contact chewitt [at] hmcpl [dot] org or 256-489-3392.

 

BLT Book Club - House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

A former colonel in the Iranian Air Force yearns to restore his family's dignity. A recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles to hold on to the one thing she has left.

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