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

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Andre Dubus III
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House of Sand and Fog

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. And her lover, a married cop, is driven to extremes to win her love. In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III's unforgettable characters—people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on—careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.

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@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392.

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BLT Book Club - The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Cassandra King
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The Sunday Wife

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. Just as Dean is questioning everything she has always valued, a tragedy occurs, providing the catalyst for change in ways she never could have imagined.

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@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392.

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

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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James Patterson
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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

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.

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@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392.

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BLT Book Club - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Paulo Coelho
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The Alchemist

"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. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

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@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392. Read more about BLT Book Club - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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BLT Book Club -A Widow For One Year by John Irving

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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John Irving
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A Widow for One Year

Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character--a "difficult" woman.  By no means is she conventionally "nice," but she will never be forgotten.  Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life.  When we first meet her--on Long Island, in the summer of 1958--Ruth is only four.
The second window into Ruth's life opens in the fall of 1990, when Ruth is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career.  She distrusts her judgment in men, for good reason. A Widow for One Year closes in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother.  She's about to fall in love for the first time. Richly comic, as well as deeply disturbing A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force.  Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief.

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@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392.

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BLT Book Club - Eden Close by Anita Shreve

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Anita Shreve
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Eden Close

Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close. An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did not want her and to please the father who did. She also aimed to please Andrew and his friends, first by being one of the boys and later by seducing them. Then one hot night, Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm: Mr. Close had been killed and Eden blinded.  Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story - to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl. And as the truth about Eden's past comes to light, so too does Andrew's strange and binding attachment to her reveal itself.

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@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392.

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BLT Book Club: The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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9781250031877
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Donna VanLiere
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The Good Dream

Tennessee, 1950:  Still single and in her early thirties, Ivorie Walker is considered an old maid; a label she takes with good humor and a grain of salt. But when her mother dies, leaving her to live alone in the house she grew up in, to work the farm she was raised to take care of, she finds herself lost in a kind of loneliness she hadn't expected.  After years of rebuffing the advances of imperfect, yet eligible bachelors from her small town, Ivorie is without companionship with more love in her heart and time on her hands than she knows what to do with.  But her life soon changes when a feral, dirty-faced boy who has been sneaking onto her land to steal from her garden comes into her life.  Even though he runs back into the hills as quickly as he arrives, she's determined to find out who he is because something about the young boy haunts her. What would make him desperate enough to steal and eat from her garden?  But what she can't imagine is what the boy faces, each day and night, in the filthy lean-to hut miles up in the hills. Who is he? How did he come to live in the hills? Where did he come from? And, more importantly, can she save him? As Ivorie steps out of her comfort zone to uncover the answers, she unleashes a firestorm in the town-a community that would rather let secrets stay that way.

The Booked for Lunch on Tuesday Book Club meets in the Monrovia Community Center meeting room next door to the Monrovia Library.  Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a lively book discussion.  For more information contact 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org. Read more about BLT Book Club: The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

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BLT Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Azar Nafisi
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Reading Lolita in Tehran

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; some had spent time in jail. They were shy and uncomfortable at first, unaccustomed to being asked to speak their minds, but soon they removed their veils and began to speak more freely–their stories intertwining with the novels they were reading by Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, as fundamentalists seized hold of the universities and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the women in Nafisi’s living room spoke not only of the books they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments.

The Booked for Lunch on Tuesday meets in the Monrovia Community Center meeting room next door to the Monrovia Library.  Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a lively book discussion.  For more information contact 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org. Read more about BLT Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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BLT Book Club: My Antonia by Willa Cather

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Willa Cather
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My Antonia

One of Cather's earliest novels — written in 1918 — is the story of Antonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. In quiet, probing depth, the story commemorates the spirit and courage of the immigrant pioneers whose persistence and strength helped to build America.

The Booked for Lunch on Tuesday meets in the Monrovia Community Center meeting room next door to the Monrovia Library.  Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a lively book discussion.  For more information contact 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org. Read more about BLT Book Club: My Antonia by Willa Cather

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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

Date: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Elizabeth Hoyt
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To Taste Temptation

The ton loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they're giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. What the ton doesn't know, though, is that Samuel is in London because of this massacre. He believes his regiment was given up to the enemy and won't rest until he finds the traitor.  Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated with Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother. Samuel suspects that the person responsible for her brother's death is Jasper Renshaw, Viscount Vale, a family friend since childhood--and Emeline's fiancé. Despite Emeline's belief in Vale's innocence and her refusal to break off her betrothal, she and Samuel begin a passionate affair. But can their relationship survive the fallout from Samuel's investigation?

The Lunch and Love Romance Book Club meets in the Monrovia Community Center meeting room next door to the Monrovia Library.  Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a lively book discussion.  For more information contact 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org. Read more about Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt

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