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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:

  • January — 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.
  • February — 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.
  • MarchAmerica’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 Denise Corrigan.
  • AprilKillers 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.
  • May — 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.
  • June — 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.
  • July — 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 Betsy Joy.
  • August 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.
  • SeptemberEverything 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 Wilt.
  • OctoberThe 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.
  • November
  • Empty Mansions by 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.
  • December Our annual 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 really good.)
    • Rita Boehm, who has written several books, including her latest, Missing on Maple Street, a mystery.
    • 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 service agents.


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