Book Club Meetings

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.

BLT Book Club - The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Married for 20 years to the Reverend Benjamin Lynch, a handsome, ambitious minister of the prestigious Methodist church, Dean Lynch has never quite adjusted her temperament to the demands of the role of a Sunday wife. When her husband is assigned to a larger and more demanding community in the Florida panhandle, Dean becomes fast friends with Augusta Holderfield, a woman whose good looks and extravagant habits immediately entrance her. As their friendship evolves, Augusta challenges Dean to break free from her traditional role as the preacher's wife.

BLT Book Club - Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man - but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In it she intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child's father, her hopes for their marriage, and her unparalleled joy in motherhood. As Katie reads on, she realizes that the man she loves is Suzanne's husband. Now, filled with terror and hope, Katie must struggle to understand what has happened - and find out if her new love has a prayer of surviving.

BLT Book Club - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams."  The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

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