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Tuesday Night Book Club

Tue, Aug 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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We meet 3rd Tuesdays except in December to talk about books that usually do not have a religious or self-help theme. All are welcome. Dessert, coffee and juice provided. For information contact Victoria Zula:

Book for this month: News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Presenter: (to be determined), 209 pages

In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
 
 

Upcoming Books:

August 15, 2017:
 
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Presenter: Nelson Howard (to be confirmed)
 
Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lies the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.
 
 
193 pages 
 
September 19, 2017:
 
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Presenter: Shirley Mills  (to be confirmed)
 
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
 
 
371 pages
 
October 17, 2017: 
 
Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi
Presenter: Gina Mahalek
 
The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
 
 
305 pages
 
 
November 21, 2017: 
 
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
Presenter: Janet Hitti
 
To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.
 
 
 
280 pages 
 
December 19 (no meeting—Happy Holidays!)
 
January 16, 2018:
 
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Presenter: Pat Sickles  (to be confirmed)
 
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.
 
 
487 pages
 
February 20, 2018:
 
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 
Presenter: (to be determined)
 
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
 
 
306 pages 
 
March 20, 2018:
 
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Presenter: (to be determined)
 
"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex . . . Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!" --Washington Post Book World 
 
 
311 pages