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 2017

February 15

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of a most unusual orphanage. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar, they may have been dangerous.

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March 15

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

One of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities, the Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created in 1942 and became home to thousands of young women sworn to strict secrecy protocols. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today.

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April 19

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

In this internationally beloved debut, a curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with boisterous and well-meaning new neighbors.

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May 17

The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright

Reeling from her longtime lover abruptly dumping her and her eccentric, demanding mother’s death, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage in honor of a previous promise to take her mother to Canterbury.

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June 21

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

A photo from Annie Black’s past shows up in her mailbox, awakening an old obsession. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of a turbulent period of her life that seemed to draw an invisible map of her future.

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July 19

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

Reimagining the lives of actress Loretta Young and her assistant Alda, a former nun, this passionate novel set in Hollywood follows the young women as they encounter scandal, go on adventures, and forge an enduring bond of love and loyalty that will be put to the test when they eventually face the greatest obstacle of their lives.

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August 16

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Doerr illuminates the ways people try to be good to one another even in the harshest of circumstances by deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who must flee her home when the Nazis occupy Paris, and Werner, a German orphan admitted to a brutal academy for Hitler Youth. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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September 20

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

When Charleston debutante Sarah is given ownership of ten-year-old handmaid Handful on her eleventh birthday, it marks the beginning of a thirty-five-year complex journey as each strives to establish a meaningful life on her own terms.

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October 18

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

When her wedding is cancelled after her fiancé reveals a shocking secret, Georgia Ford returns to her family's Sonoma vineyard, where she expects the comfort of her long-married parents, her brothers, and everything familiar, but discovers that her fiancé wasn't the only one keeping secrets.

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November 15

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband’s death, Cecilia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.

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December 20

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Don and Rosie are now living in New York happily married and about to face a new challenge together: pregnancy. With the same amount of hilarity and heart as its predecessor, The Rosie Project, Don continues to navigate his way through being a good friend, a good husband, and now, how to be a good father.

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