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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 2015

The Casual Vacancy

January 21

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the idyllic town of Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

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Songs of Willow Frost

February 18

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Confined to Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage during the Great Depression, Chinese American boy William Eng becomes convinced that a certain movie actress is actually the mother he has not seen since he was seven years old.

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

March 18

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

In a book that ignited a global parenting debate, the author chronicles her iron-willed decision to raise her daughters the Chinese way and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking, results her choice inspires.

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Beautiful Ruins

April 15

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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Rules of Civility

May 20

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

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The Round House

June 17

The Round House by Lousie 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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The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

July 15

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

A satirical tale about America's obsession with fame follows preadolescent pop idol Jonny Valentine, who hides the bitterness and innocence of a child who feels manufactured by his Los Angeles label and hard-partying manager mother.

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The Sun Also Rises

August 19

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s first bestselling novel is a poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, as evidenced in the journey of one group of expatriates from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain.

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

September 16

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

Exiled to an equestrienne boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.

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Orphan Train

October 21

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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A Fierce Radiance

November 18

A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer

In the anxious days after Pearl Harbor, Life magazine reporter Clara Shipley finds herself on top of one of the nation's most important stories: the race to discover penicillin at the Rockefeller Institute. When a researcher dies under suspicious circumstances, Claire will put herself at the center of danger to find a killer.

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Gone Girl

December 16

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

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