Book Discussion Sets

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Carry the One

Anshaw, Carol

Carry the One

When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies.
Emma

Austen, Jane

Emma

Emma Woodhouse imagines that she dominates those around her in the small town of Highbury, but her inept matchmaking creates problems for herself and others.
The Sense of an Ending

Barnes, Julian

The Sense of an Ending

This intense novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about until his oldest friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave and the other maddeningly present.
Letters from Skye

Brockmole, Jessica

Letters from Skye

A love story told in letters spans two world wars and follows the correspondence between a poet on the Scottish Isle of Skye and an American volunteer ambulance driver for the French Army, an affair that is discovered years later when the poet disappears.
Mrs. Ike: Memories & Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower

Eisenhower, Susan
Mrs. Ike: Memories & Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower

This is a portrait of a beloved First Lady and an incisive account of a complex marriage. Examines the life of Mamie Eisenhower, a saucy young lady who found her match in handsome Ike Eisenhower, and their adventures, misunderstandings, and glowing triumphs.

Madame Bovary

Flaubert, Gustave

Madame Bovary

The bored wife of a provincial physician seeks to escape from the tedium of her life with romantic fantasies and adulterous affairs, but is ultimately doomed to disillusionment.
Lord of the Flies book jacket

Golding, William

Lord of the Flies

Schoolboys marooned on a tropical island revert to primitive savagery.
The Heart and the Fist

Greitens, Eric
The Heart and the Fist

The author describes how, after working as a humanitarian around the world, he realized that he could do nothing to stop violence or prevent people from becoming refugees and soon joined the elite Navy SEALs, where he drew on his humanitarian training as he battled injustice.
The Art of Fielding

Harbach, Chad
The Art of Fielding

A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a teammate and the president's daughter.
Plainsong

Haruf, Kent
Plainsong

In an eastern Colorado town, a teacher gets several damaged families to interact and care for one another.
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Follows the fortunes of a woman living in the black town of Eaton, Florida.
Mudbound

Jordan, Hillary
Mudbound

A landowning family and their black sharecroppers struggle with the mores of the Jim Crow South in the postwar Mississippi Delta.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Joyce, Rachel

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way. He reminisces about the events of his past and people he has known as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
The Dirty Life

Kimball, Kristin

The Dirty Life: a memoir of farming, food and love

This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of Kristin Kimball's life: one with farming-that dirty concupiscent art-and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.
To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird

A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
The Last Detective

Lovesey, Peter

The Last Detective

A nude female floats dead in a large reservoir lake south of Bristol. To solve the "Lady of the Lake" mystery, and save a woman unjustly accused, Sussex Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond must find two missing letters attributed to Jane Austen and defy his superiors.
The Road

McCarthy, Cormac
The Road

In an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity.
Destiny of the Republic

Millard, Candice

Destiny of the Republic : a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president

A narrative account of the twentieth president's political career. This selection offers insight into his background as a scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Moore, Edward Kelsey

The Supreme's at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Meet Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean in the Earl's All-You-Can-Eat novel. It is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana trio. Dubbed "the Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960's, you will enjoy these characters as they weather life's storms together for the next four decades.

 

The Night Circus

Morgenstern, Erin
The Night Circus

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.
The Bluest Eye

Morrison, Toni
The Bluest Eye

An eleven-year-old black girl prays for her eyes to turn blue so people will consider her beautiful.
The Devil in a Blue Dress

Mosley, Walter

The Devil in a Blue Dress

Easy Rawlins, a tough World War II veteran and detective, is hired by a financier and gangster to locate Daphne Monet, a search that leads him from elegant boardrooms to the jazz joints of the late 1940's Los Angeles.
Cinderella ate my daughter Orenstein, Peggy
Cinderella ate my daughter : dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture
Reveals the dark side of pink and pretty in this wake up call to parents, and offers ways to prevent raising daughters who only care about image.
Packing for Mars

Roach, Mary

Packing for Mars: the curious science of life in the void

The author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistably strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy and beer. Space exploration is, in some ways, an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? Mary Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

 

Winter Palace

Stachniak, Eva

The Winter Palace: a novel of Catherine the Great

An imaginative retelling of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power, as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.
The Midwife's Tale

Thomas, Sam

The Midwife's Tale

A tale set against a backdrop of the 1644 Siege of York finds midwife Bridget Hodgson joining forces with resourceful servant Martha Hawkins to prove the innocence of a woman who has been sentenced to burn at the stake for murdering her husband.
Before Women Had Wings Wiesel, Elie
Night
A chronicle of the holocaust through the eyes of a 14 year old Hungarian Jew who survived Birkenau, Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald.
The Shack

Young, William
The Shack

Four years after his daughter was abducted and evidence of her murder was found in an abandoned shack, a man returns to the shack in response to a note claiming to be from God, and has a life-changing experience.