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Adult Book Group for May 20, 2014

untitledThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for May 20, 2014,  is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.

Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Adult Book Group for April 15, 2014

untitledThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for April 15, 2014,  is Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker Prize Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant. Longing for passion and independence, Olivia is drawn into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in gang raids and criminal plots. She is intrigued by the Nawab’s charm and aggressive courtship, and soon begins to spend most of her days in his company. But then she becomes pregnant, and unsure of the child’s paternity, she is faced with a wrenching dilemma. Her reaction to the crisis humiliates her husband and outrages the British community, breeding a scandal that lives in collective memory long after her death.

 

Adult Book Group for March 18, 2014

art of hearing hearbeatsThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for March 18, 2014,  is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

 

Adult Book Group for February 18, 2014

41O9UTK5iiL__AA160_The Adult Book Discussion Group selection for February 18, 2014,  is The End of Your life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne—and we, their fellow readers—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us.

Adult Book Group for January 21, 2014

tlccontentThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for January 21st, 2014,  is Still Life by Louise Penny.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for checkout on our Kindle devices.

 

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

Adult Book Group for December 17, 2013

lostwifeThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for December 17, 2013,  is The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for your ebook devices.

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers.

Adult Book Group for November 19, 2013

nine-parts-of-desire9781863256124The Adult Book Discussion Group selection for November 19, 2013,  is The Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for your ebook devices.

This is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. Defying our stereotypes about the Muslim world, Brooks’ acute analysis of the world’s fastest growing religion deftly illustrates how Islam’s holiest texts have been misused to justify repression of women, and how male pride and power have warped the original message of a once liberating faith.

Adult Book Group for October 15, 2013

crossing-to-safetyThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for October 15, 2013,  is Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for your ebook devices.

Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

Adult Book Group for September 17, 2013

quartetThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for September 17, 2013,  is The Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for your ebook devices.

 

Adult Book Group for August 20, 2013

thewaveThe Adult Book Discussion Group selection for August 20, 2013,  is The Wave: in pursuit of the rogues, freaks, and giants of the ocean by Susan Casey.  The group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 2 – 3 P.M. or from 7 – 8 P.M. Newcomers are always welcome. Call us or drop in to reserve your copy! Downloadable copies may also available for your ebook devices.

Having scared us half to death with tales of shark-infested waters in The Devil’s Teeth, Oprah Magazine’s editor in chief returns to finish us off with this account of the 100′ waves scientists said couldn’t possibly exist in nature-and the mad surfers who hunt them down for the ultimate thrill. For adventure fans; they’re plentiful.