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Thanks to all who signed up to lead a discussion next year.
Books We Read in 2019
Before We Were Yours by
Eileen Roberta). Five young
children are left alone due to a family emergency until they are
kidnapped and sold to a wealthy family. Based on a true story.
The Pecan Man
by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
In the summer of 1976, a Southern widow named Ora hires a
homeless black man for lawn work. When he arrested for murder, only Ora knows
the truth, but she soon finds herself in a web of lies that sends an innocent
man to prison for the rest of his life.
The Husband's Secret
by Liane Moriarty
Linda Goodman). Imagine that your husband wrote
you a letter to be opened upon his death, in which he revealed his
darkest secret, something able to destroy many lives. Now imagine that
you find that letter while he is still alive.
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Anne Russell). Explores what it means to be gay
in todays world and how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system.
What happens when religion and sexual orientation two issues that are
supposedly justice-blind enter the courtroom?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Mary Ann Hume). A deep psychological mystery
about the power of motherhood, intensity of teenage love, and the danger of
by Lauren Groff
Joyce Tisovec). A collection of stories
spanning centuries in mercurial Florida. The stories examine the decisions and
connections behind life-changing events for characters ranging from abandoned
sisters to a conflicted family woman.
No discussion in July.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Sunny Wilt). The
author is a lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice
dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, wrongly
condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of the
criminal justice system, many if not most of whom are black.
RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana
(Discussion Leader: Mary Dooley).
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fameshe only tried to
make the world a little better and freer. The book tells a never-before-told
story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational
divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender
equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come
with a little chutzpah.
My Name is Mary Sutter by
Sue Laluk). A midwife dreams of becoming
a surgeon, but must overcome the prejudice against women in medicine during the
Civil War era.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
(Discussion Leader: Renee Simpson).
A desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness
of Alaska, only to find that their unpredictable environment is less
threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.
annual Morning with Local Authors
Unsung Hero, Rita Boehm
Beyond Second Chances & others, Lindsay Collier
Add Humor To Your Life; Add Life To Your Humor & others,
The Devil's Bookkeepers: Book 1:
followed by our Christmas/Holiday luncheon,
this year at the newly renovated
Nancy Lopez. And... it's
tradition... we'll have our secret-Santa wrapped, used-book exchange
for extra fun.
Writer's Association has named the winners of the Royal Palm Literary Awards
for this year. I am so pleased to tell you that THREE of our December
speakers have received these prestigious awards:
- For Published Book of the Year: The Devil's Bookkeepers Book 1:
The Noose by Mark Newhouse (historical fiction)
- For Best Children's Book: Bluebirds in the Garden by Rita M.
Boehm (children's picture book)
- For Published Autobiography or Memoir: The Silver Award goes to Dandelion Child: A Soldier's Daughter by Margaret Best.
Congratulations to these local authors. We look forward to hearing from
them in December, along with Lindsay Collier, who is in excellent
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