Friends of MPPL Evening Discussion

The Friends of the Library Book Discussion

The Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library book discussion group is led by Laura Luteri and meets the third Wednesday of each month in Meeting Room B at the Library at 7:30 p.m. Books are available one month prior to the discussion.

Friends Book Discussion Schedule 2016

February 17

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Recent retiree Harold Fry is convinced that he must personally deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, even if that means walking from one end of the country to the other. Along the way, he meets new people and reminisces about his own past, trying to find peace and acceptance.

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March 16

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

A Chicago journalist befriends the notoriously reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, eventually moving in next door to the writer and her sister and becoming part of their life in Alabama.

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April 20

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

In this modern Gothic tale, a long-lost letter arriving at its destination fifty years after it was sent lures Edie Burchill to crumbling Milderhurst Castle, home of the three elderly Blythe sisters, where Edie's mother was sent to stay as a teenager during World War II.

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May 18

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

In post-war Montreal, a mysterious mail-order bride arrives to meet her betrothed only to be turned down by him. She marries his brother instead, but their quiet life together is shattered when it becomes apparent she has stolen another's identity.

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June 15

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is a brilliant, socially challenged genetics professor who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. Enter Rosie – oddly beguiling, but not wife material. Don helps Rosie find her biological father, their relationship grows, and the science behind Don’s search for love might have to be reconsidered.

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July 20

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn't fit anyone's expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an inheritance from a complete stranger, Grace uncovers the story of an extraordinary woman who inspired one of Paris's greatest perfumers.

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August 17

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

In the 1930s near the legendary Palisades Amusement Park, a family of dreamers explores ambitions and cultural boundaries that are challenged by a time of vast upheaval in America, from the Great Depression to Pearl Harbor to the Civil Rights Movement.

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September 21

The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle

When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's many troubles. Caught in a dizzying adult world, she is torn between dreams of escaping the loneliness of her duty-filled life and a longing to help her father mend both their family and the ranch.

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October 19

Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman

Unexpectedly widowed, Meg Rosenthal relocates with her teenage daughter to a beautiful but isolated town known to be the inspiration for eerie fairy tales. When a student at her school dies in a terrible incident, the investigation unearths long-buried secrets, forcing Meg to face down her own demons.

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November 16

The Forgers by Bradford Morrow

The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector is found dead on the floor of his home, surrounded by manuscripts that are vandalized beyond repair. When Will, a literary forger, begins to receive threatening letters seemingly from long-dead authors, he knows he, too, is in danger.

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December 21

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

This collection of a bestselling author’s best writing from The New Yorker includes profiles of the inventor of the birth control pill, dog-whisperer Cesar Millan, and pasta sauce pioneer Howard Moscowitz, as well as fascinating investigations into intelligence tests, ethnic profiling, and hindsight bias.

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