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 2017 – 2018

NOTE:  December 20 – No Book discussed – Members’ Meeting

May 17

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred in 1961 when he was 13, Frank Drum relates how he, his family, and his entire Minnesota community were rocked by a series of deaths in a single summer and challenged to find meaning and redemption in tragedy.

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June 21

The Martian by Andy Weir

After a catastrophic storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short, injured astronaut Mark Watney is stranded. Determined to keep his sense of humor, Mark battles obstacle after obstacle in an effort to survive against all odds.

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July 19

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is 39, a mother of three, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse.

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August 16

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke

The story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with elephants transformed him from a carefree young man into a charismatic World War II hero instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees.

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September 20

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Marooned in a small farm town in Iowa, Sara starts a bookstore to honor her friend’s memory. As she shares the books she loves and her passion for reading, she makes some unconventional choices that could potentially force several secrets into the open, changing things for everyone.

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October 18

The Testament by John Grisham

A lawyer searches the Brazilian jungle for a missionary doctor, the illegitimate daughter of an American tycoon. As he searches, the tycoon's legitimate children are back in New York, feverishly determined to prevent the inheritance that will be bequeathed to her.

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November 15

Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini

Intertwined with the inspiration behind Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” are the experiences of a dedicated Boston teacher who, in the face of a somber season, finds inspiration and renewal at the church where she volunteers.

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January 17

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman

A dramatic rescue-at-sea account traces the 1952 coast guard attempt to save the crews of two oil tankers caught in a violent storm off the coast of Cape Cod, a mission recounted by first-hand survivors that describes the heroic undertakings of the teams aboard small crafts that came to their aid.

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February 21

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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March 21

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

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April 18

The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall

Set in Mussolini's Italy, architect Isabella Berotti is sitting at a café when a woman asks her to watch her ten-year-old daughter. After Isabella agrees, the woman climbs to the top of the town's clock tower and steps over the edge. This tragic encounter is a catalyst for Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities.

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