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Coffee, Books and More

Coffee, Books, and More…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. This book discussion meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room B at the Library. Books will be available at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk one month prior to the discussion.

Coffee, Books, and More Book Discussion Schedule 2015 – 2016

NOTE:  December 16, 2015 – No book discussed – Members’ Meeting

The Likeness

April 15

The Likeness by Tana French

An urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. In a disturbing tale of shifting identities, Cassie must discover who the girl was and why she was killed.

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

May 20

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

In an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times, a group of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team emerges from obscurity to challenge a field of elite international rivals.

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The Book Thief

June 17

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.

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Orphan Train

July 15

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

A captivating story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women: 91-year-old Vivian, who has a hidden past as an orphan-train rider, and Molly, a teenager whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

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Finding Nouf

August 19

Finding Nouf by Zoë Ferraris

When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing and is found drowned in the desert, the guide hired by her prominent family is compelled to find out what really happened, even at the risk of challenging long-established beliefs.

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The Invention of Wings

September 16

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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State of Wonder

October 21

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years – a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

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Stuff Matters:  Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

November 18

Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World by Mark Miodownik

From the teacup to the jet engine, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, our lives are overflowing with materials. This compendium of astounding histories and scientific breakthroughs is full of enthralling tales of the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives.

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The Absolutist

January 20

The Absolutist by John Boyne

Recalling his time in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I, Tristan Sadler describes both the details of what to him became a senseless war and an intense friendship with a man that brought Tristan a mix of happiness and unbearable pain.

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My Name is Mary Sutter

February 17

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

Traveling to Civil War-era Washington, D.C. to tend wounded soldiers, headstrong midwife Mary pursues her dream of becoming a surgeon against all odds as she receives guidance from two smitten doctors and resists her mother's pleas for her to return home.

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The Storyteller

March 16

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who's particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs--and to wonder if his request would be murder or justice.

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All the Light We Cannot See

April 20

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.

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