Books We Read in 2022
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Books We Read in 2022

These are books we read and discussed in 2022.

  • JanuaryAsk Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Discussion Leader: Eileen Roberta). Rookie NYPD cops are also neighbors, but what happens behind closed doors sets the stage for explosive events. A portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.
  • February The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Discussion Leader: Donna Dougherty). Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, another for the life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
  • March Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown (Discussion Leader: Marcia Shorr). A modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a typical 1950s housewife. As she discovers remarkable parallels between their lives, she begins to question her own relationship with her husband.
  • April The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (Discussion Leader: Kathy Morey). A heart-stopping World War II story of three English female code breakers as they deal with a mysterious encrypted letter--the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum.
  • May Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Discussion Leader: Mary Ann Hume). In 1580’s England, during the Black Plague, a young Latin tutor falls in love with an extraordinary, eccentric young woman in this historical novel and best-selling winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
  • June Jazz by Toni Morrison (Discussion Leader: Tary Yurkovich). In 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good ahead, Joe, a middle-aged door-to-door salesman, shoots his teenage love to death. A profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, in a narrative of emotion, hope, fear and the deep realities of black urban life.
  • July Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen (Discussion Leader: Pam Iserloth). A hilarious novel of social and political intrigue, set against the glittering backdrop of Florida’s gold coast.
  • August Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Discussion Leader: Carol Goldman TBD). Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom. When 12 year old CeeCee is left to fend for herself, she is rescued by great-aunt Tootie who takes her to an eccentric world where the reader explores the strengths of female friendship through the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.
  • September When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Discussion Leader: Yvonne Orloff). A missing persons detective, dealing with her own trauma, goes away to grieve and there becomes involved in the case of a missing teenager. Weaving together actual cases of missing persons and trauma theory, the novel tells the story of fate, redemption and reclamation.
  • October 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand (Discussion Leader: Renee Simpson). An exploration of the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives and the lives of the people they love.
  • November The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (Discussion Leader: Charlotte Davis). In 1921 Texas, Elsa marries a man she barely knows but by 1934, drought arrives and everything on the farm is dying, including the marriage. As Elsa sets out for California, we witness the courage, hope, resilience and sacrifice that defined the generation.
  • December Our annual Morning with Local Authors, followed by our annual Christmas/Holiday Luncheon and Secret Santa used book exchange. Our Guest authors are:

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