Meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1 pm.
Thursday, February 1 at 1:00
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.
Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people—adults and children alike—aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.
Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson’s Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein’s Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff—the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity and love can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.
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