Monrovia Public Library

BLT Book Club - The Voyage by Philip Caputo

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 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 Widow For One Year by John Irving

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

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.

BLT Book Club - Eden Close by Anita Shreve

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

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.

BLT Book Club: The Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

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

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.

BLT Book Club: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

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

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.

BLT Book Club: My Antonia by Willa Cather

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

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.

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

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: The Back Up Plan by Sherryl Woods

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

It's finally time for Dinah Davis to go home. The world-weary correspondent wants to settle down with the sweet guy she left behind in South Carolina's Low Country. Instead, she's confronted by his black-sheep brother, and—despite her longing for serenity—sparks fly.  How can she possibly trade her perfectly safe backup plan for a risk-taking guy like Cordell Beaufort after all the dangers she's already faced? But to Dinah's dismay—backup plan or not—her heart has its own ideas.

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Meet Faye, Marilyn, Alice, and Shirley. Four women with skills, smarts, and secrets—all feeling over the hill and out of the race. But in a moment of delicious serendipity, they meet and realize they share more than raging hormones and lost dreams. Now as the Hot Flash Club, where the topics of motherhood, sex, and men are discussed with double servings of chocolate cake, they vow to help each other . . . and themselves.

Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Location: Monrovia Public Library
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Lainie Terrell is no ordinary single mother. With feathers in all the right places, she's one of the hottest showgirls in Vegas. Aside from a hot-tempered ex-boyfriend on her sequined tail, Lainie's biggest problem is finding a decent babysitter for her son. Lainie's dilemma is solved when she ropes Harry Ambrewster, the casino's shy-but very smart and cute-accountant, into the task. Inheriting his chemist father's high I.Q. and sexy good looks, Harry has always been intrigued by Lainie.

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