Do you enjoy a light and entertaining read? We do too!
We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00 am.
Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, January 17 at 11:00.
Hooked on Murder by Betty Hechtman
Molly Pink is about to discover the joys of crochet. It’s a relaxing escape from her hectic life as a bookstore event manager . . . and from the stress of being Tarzana, California’s latest murder suspect.
For Molly, the weekly crochet group at Shedd & Royal Books and More was just another event to manage. Then she stumbled across the body of group leader Ellen Sheridan. Her complicated past with Ellen has made her a prime suspect, and after being cuffed and questioned, she could use a little diversion. Never mind that she doesn’t know how to crochet. Granny squares don’t look that hard to make.
But while Molly’s fending off a detective with a grudge and navigating crochet group politics, the real killer is at large. And it’s up to Molly to catch the culprit—before she winds up in a tight knot.
Delicious recipe and crochet pattern included!
February 7: Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal
Meets the 4th Thursday of the month, January – October at 9:45 am.
We’ll gather in the library parking lot at 9:45 on January 25 to walk the trail* while we discuss An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.
*Weather permitting. If the weather is not cooperating then we will meet by the fireplace inside the library.
This inspirational New York Times bestseller chronicles the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness. “A straightforward tale of kindness and paying it forward in 1980s New York….an uplifting reminder that small gestures matter” (Kirkus Reviews).
Stopping was never part of the plan…
She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.
Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.
February 22: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Meets at the library the first Tuesday of every month. Adults and young adults, join in the discussion of great YA titles everyone can enjoy!
Tuesday, January 2, 6:30 PM
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Amazon Book Description:
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
Meets every other month on the 2nd Monday in January, March, May, July, September, & November @ 6:30 pm.
Love mystery & suspense?
Monday evening, January 8 at 6:30!
We will be discussing The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.
One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules . . . and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesbø presents his most chilling case yet—one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.
March 12 – Ill Will by Dan Chaon
May 14 – The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne
July 9 – Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
September 10 – The Dry by Jane Harper
November 5 – The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
We usually meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 am.
On Tuesday, January 16 we will be discussing Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST – AMAZON EDITORS’ PICK FOR THE BEST BOOK OF 2017
From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
February 20: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Kids play while the adults discuss the book club selection! We usually meet on the 2nd Monday at 9:30 in the morning. Meets September – June.
Our next book is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford that we’ll discuss at 9:30 on Monday, January 8.
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.
Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.
Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.
February 12: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1 pm.
Thursday, January 4, at 1:00
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
The most devastating political detective story of the century: the inside account of the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal and won the Pulitzer Prize for investigation.
This is the book that changed America. Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation, All the President’s Men revealed the full scope of the scandal and introduced for the first time the mysterious “Deep Throat.” Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing through headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward deliver a riveting firsthand account of their reporting. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, toppled the president, and have since inspired generations of reporters.
All the President’s Men is a riveting detective story, capturing the exhilarating rush of the biggest presidential scandal in US history as it unfolded in real time. It is, as Time magazine wrote in their All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books list, “the work that brought down a presidency…perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
February 1 – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
March 1 – Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
April 5 – The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, preceded by a movie showing at 11:00.
May 3 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
June 7 – Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
July 5 – Uncommon Type and Other Stories by Tom Hanks
August 2 – For Who the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, preceded by a movie showing at 11:00.
September 6 – The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
October 4 – Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
November 1 – The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
December 6 – Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson