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Books We Read in 2019

Thanks to all who signed up to lead a discussion next year.
  • January — Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Discussion Leader: 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.
  • February — The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck (Discussion Leader: Laurie Parham). 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.
  • March — The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (Discussion Leader: 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.
  • April — Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (Discussion Leader: Anne Russell). Explores what it means to be gay in today’s 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?
  • May — Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Discussion Leader: Mary Ann Hume). A deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection.
  • June — Florida by Lauren Groff (Discussion Leader: 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.
  • July — No discussion in July.
  • August — Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Discussion Leader: 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.
  • September — Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik (Discussion Leader: Mary Dooley). Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame—she 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.
  • October —
  • My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira (Discussion Leader: Sue Laluk). A midwife dreams of becoming a surgeon, but must overcome the prejudice against women in medicine during the Civil War era.
  • November — 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.
  • December — Our annual Morning with Local Authors (Peggy Best — Unsung Hero, Rita Boehm — Beyond Second Chances & others, Lindsay Collier — Add Humor To Your Life; Add Life To Your Humor & others, Mark Newhouse — The Devil's Bookkeepers: Book 1: The Noose & others), 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.

    The Florida 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 company!

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