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 2020

February 19

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her.

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March 18

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, receives a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations.

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April 15

Whisper Me This by Karrie Anne King

Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother's expectations--never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey's sure she's gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle...until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives.

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May 20

In Pieces by Sally Field

With raw honesty, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships -- including her complicated love for her own mother.

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June 17

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen by Hendrik Groen

Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried anytime soon. Instead, he sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam.

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July 15

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, living in a posh area of London. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late. Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.

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August 19

A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

From Evelyn, who falls in love beneath her station during WWII, to Jackie, a young mother grappling with her absentee husband’s addiction, to T.C., who makes heartbreaking choices in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, three generations of a single family explore the legacy of racial disparity in New Orleans. Longlisted for the National Book Award.

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September 16

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

When Australian grad student Ellie Shipley agrees to paint a forgery of the only remaining work of the first woman honored as a Dutch Guild Master three hundred years earlier, she had no idea that choice would come back to haunt her. However, half a century later, she must confront the past while curating an exhibit when both versions threaten to arrive.

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October 21

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

When Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance, she recognizes that the letter was sent to the wrong person--but also that she might successfully claim the money. It is only when she attends the funeral that she realizes there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

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November 18

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow. Forced by his parents to enlist as a German soldier for his own protection he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders. Based on a true story.

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December 16

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother, seventy-seven years old and standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy, is her best and only friend. When Granny dies and leaves behind a series of letters, Elsa is sent on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales.

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