Evening Book Discussions

 

 

 

 

 

Books For Discussion:

May 8, 2019
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee

Explore the compulsion of hoarding through a series of compelling case studies. With vivid portraits that show us the traits by which a hoarder can be identified, Frost and Steketee explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder. They also illuminate the pull that possessions exert on all of us. Whether we’re savers, collectors, or compulsive cleaners, none of us is free of the impulses that drive hoarders.

July 10, 2019
Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during WWII. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.  Bestselling author, Liza Mundy, brings to life this vital and riveting story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

August 14, 2019
Daughters of the Samurai by Janice Nimura

In 1871, five young girls were sent to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help
nurture a new generation of enlightened men to lead Japan. Upon their arrival in San Francisco, they became celebrities.  Ten years later, they returned to Japan determined to revolutionize women’s education.

September 11, 2019
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each
embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  A heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the
resilience of the human spirit and the durability of
women.  

October 9, 2019
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes.  As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family and her country.       

November 13, 2019
American Fire by Monica Hesse

The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months.  The people of    Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other first with compassion and later suspicion.  As  abandoned buildings were burning by the
dozens, vigilante groups tried to patrol the rural Virginia coast while volunteer firefighters slept at their stations.

December 11, 2019
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson

After 100 year old Allan Karlsson ends up at a nursing home still in good health, he climbs out a window and embarks on an unexpected
journey.  His hilarious adventure involves a suitcase stuffed with cash, unpleasant criminals, a hot dog stand operator, and an elephant.

January 8, 2020
Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder

During the drought and depression of the 1930’s, Oklahoma college basketball coach, Sam Babb, recruited talented, hardworking young women to play on his basketball team, the Cardinals.  These remarkable athletes found a passion for the game as well as a heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach, which resulted in an improbable journey to an epic showdown with the prevailing champions helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson.

February 12, 2020
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In the 1920s, members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma were the richest people in the world after oil was discovered beneath their land.  As the Osage began to be killed off, the newly created FBI turned to a former Texas Ranger, Tom White, to try to unravel the mystery. White and his team exposed one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

March 11, 2020
Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle

As San Francisco bookbinder, Brooklyn Wainwright, prepares to meet her future in-laws from England, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments.
As people turn up dead around her, Brooklyn and her fiancé join forces to help solve the case.  This Bibliophile Mystery is a tale of murder, rare books, and a quest for the perfect pie.

April 8, 2020
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein is the story of Einstein’s wife, Mitza Maric, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the theory of relativity is hotly debated.  Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there may not have been room for more than one genius in the marriage.

May 13, 2020
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant lives a simple, predictable life avoiding social interactions.  Her life changes when she and a co-worker help an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk. The three become friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have been living.