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Books We'll Be Reading in 2018
The ballots have been cast and here are the books we
will be reading in 2018:
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (Discussion Leader:
Sue Laluk). A lonely widow
and a lonely widower unfold a beautiful story of second chances. Soon to be a motion picture.
Recommended by Peg Tabor.
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (Discussion Leader:
Eileen Roberta). Inspired by the life of a real WWII heroine, this novel
reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love,
freedom, and second chances. Recommended by Eileen Roberta.
— America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
& Laura Kamoie (Discussion Leader:
Marilynn Philipp). A carefully researched
novel imagines the experiences of Patsy, Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter – a
woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father. Recommended by
— Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Discussion Leader:
Kathy Morey). In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were
members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. This narrative nonfiction is a searing indictment of the
callousness and prejudice toward American Indians. Recommended by Denise Corrigan.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (Discussion Leader:
Mary Ann Hume). An historical novel
that unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the
perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her
dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley. Recommended by Denise Corrigan.
The Dead Key
by D.M. Pulley (Discussion Leader:
Linda Roth). A bank has been abandoned for years as a result of alleged fraud
and strange happenings. In the confusion, the safe deposit box keys were lost. Now they are discovered
and the bank’s sordid past begins to be unraveled. Recommended to Linda Roth.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Discussion Leader:
Peg Tabor). A thought-provoking examination of
racism in America today, both overt and subtle. In light of recent events in our
country, the dilemma presented in this novel should spawn an excellent
discussion. Also to be made into a motion picture. Recommended by Peg Tabor and
The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe
(Discussion Leader: Mary Jo Johnson). A tender and honest story of five
friends and the power of friendship as they deal with the challenge of change.
Recommended by Karen Peters.
— Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
(Discussion Leader: Sunny Wilt). A mixed-race
Asian family tries to deal with and solve the mysterious death of their teenage
daughter in ‘70s Ohio. It’s about pressure – the pressure to be with people who
are us, to fit in, and to be what others want us to be. Recommended by Sunny
— The Letter by Kathryn Hughes
(Discussion Leader: Joan Puleo). The story of two women, born decades apart, whose paths are destined to
cross and how one woman’s devastation leads to the other’s salvation.
Recommended by Eileen Roberta.
Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
(Discussion Leader: Marcia Shorr).
This is a mystery of wealth and loss, and the battle over a $300 million
inheritance. Although reclusive heiress Huguette Clark owned palatial homes in
California, New York, and Connecticut, and was in excellent health, she lived in
a hospital room for 20 years before dying at the age of 104.
Morning with Local Authors,
followed by our
Christmas/Holiday luncheon. And... it's
tradition... we'll have our secret-Santa wrapped, used-book exchange for
extra fun. This year, we're going to Nancy Lopez for our luncheon. Our guest
authors will be:
Terry Trickle, who wrote Juror 1389, a take off
on the Casey Anthony trial. (Peg read this and it was
- Rita Boehm, who has written
several books, including her latest, Missing on Maple Street, a
- Bonnie Virag, who wrote
The Stovepipe, a memoir of sisterly love.
- Sue Ann Baker, who wrote
Behind the Shades, about her life as one of the first female secret
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