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Books We'll Be Reading in 2021

With one exception (October The Secret Patient by Vaughan Smith), we have a Discussion Leader for each month and book. Please consider leading the discussion in October and let me know. Thank you.


  • January My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (Discussion Leader: Sue Laluk). A story about life and death and the right to be different. Seven year old Elsa’s best friend is her crazy, 77 year old grandma, who dies and leaves a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged. Elsa must deliver these final words.
  • February The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (Discussion Leader: Kathy Morey). Based on the true story of a brilliant woman scientist remembered only for her beauty — Hedy Lamarr — and whose ideas helped fight the Nazis and revolutionize modern communication.
  • March Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (Discussion Leader: Sharon Burr). A murder, an accident, or just parents behaving badly? But the result is the same someone is dead. A novel about ex-husbands, second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can become lethal.
  • April The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas (Discussion Leader: Charlotte Davis). Kansas, 1930s, and the times are hard. The highlight of the week for the farm wives is the gathering of the Persian Pickle Club, where the ladies are dedicated to improving their minds, exchanging gossip, and using their quilting skills. When a new member stirs up a dark secret, the ladies band together to support and protect one another.
  • May The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré (Discussion Leader: Sunny Wilt). The inspiring story of a Nigerian teenage girl who longs to get an education so that she can speak up for herself and others like her. A sometimes heartbreaking yet triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.
  • June Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland (Discussion Leader: Donna Dougherty). Chicago World’s Fair, 1893, Louis Comfort Tiffany debuts his innovative stained glass windows. But it’s Clara Driscoll who conceives of and designs nearly all the iconic lamps for which he will be long remembered. Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition, love and companionship.
  • July That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo (Discussion Leader: Mary Ann Hume). Hilarious, rueful and uplifting, this is a profoundly involving novel about marriage, family, and the ties that bind.
  • August The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate (Discussion Leader: Kristie Carter). In this historical novel, three young women search for family amid the destruction of post-Civil War South and a modern-day teacher learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.
  • September Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (Discussion Leader: Eileen Roberta). Amber wakes up in a hospital, unable to move, speak or even open her eyes. Although she doesn’t remember what happened, she suspects her husband had something to do with it. This psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?
  • October The Secret Patient by Vaughan Smith (Discussion Leader: ????). A prize-winning journalist follows a vague lead from a spooked informant to the local hospital, where she discovers a powerful conspiracy. A mystery thriller with lots of twists and turns, piecing together clues and the discovery of a shocking secret.
  • November Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore (Discussion Leader: Diane Dumas). Georgia in the early 70s in a one traffic light town; Catherine, the preacher’s daughter, makes her desired getaway until tragedy alters her perspective.
  • December Our annual Morning with Local Authors, followed by our annual Christmas/Holiday Luncheon and Secret Santa book exchange.

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