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Book Chat

Book Chat – Book Discussion

The goal of this group is to read a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, that will stimulate the mind and some lively conversation. Book Chat meets approximately every six weeks on Monday at 7 p.m. in either Meeting Room B or Room 168. Please check at the Registration desk for the current location. Limited copies of the book are available at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk up to six weeks prior to the discussion.

Book Chat Book Discussion Schedule 2015

The Other Wes Moore

January 5

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. This is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

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The Round House

February 16

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutts sets out with his three friends to find the person who destroyed his family. Winner of the National Book Award.

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Thunderstruck

March 30

Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

A portrait of the Edwardian era recounts two parallel stories: the case of Dr. Hawley Crippen, who murdered his wife and fled to America, and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication, the new technology used to capture a killer.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

May 11

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

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Suite Française

June 22

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

A lost masterpiece of French literature, this epic novel of life under Nazi occupation was discovered sixty-two years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Part One is set in the chaos of the massive 1940 exodus from Paris on the eve of the invasion. Part Two takes place in a provincial village wherein the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy.

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A Map of the World

August 3

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

On a dairy farm in the Midwest, Alice is watching her neighbor's daughter when she drowns in the pond. This marks the beginning of a series of events that turns Alice into a scapegoat and brings about her family's downfall.

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Beautiful Ruins

September 14

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The story of an almost love affair between a young Italian innkeeper and a beautiful American starlet in 1962 begins anew when an elderly man shows up on a movie studio's back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

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Dark Places

October 26

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testified against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and is forced to admit that her story might not have been as certain as she claimed. From the writer of Gone Girl.

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Empire Falls

December 7

Empire Falls by Richard Russo

Milo Roby tries to hold his family together while working at the Empire Grill in the once-successful logging town of Empire Falls, Maine, with his partner, Mrs. Whiting, who is the heir to a faded logging and textile legacy. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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