2015 Book List
Sometimes it’s not enough to read the book, you want to discuss it with others. The Library’s Bound to Please book discussions are a great place to connect to other book lovers in the community. Chosen books include memoirs, contemporary and classic fiction and are available for check out at the Library’s Customer Service Desk. Discussions are held the last Tuesday of the month, in the Ray Bradbury Room, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Discussions moderated by Lourdes Mordini.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Tuesday, January 27 at 2 p.m.
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, … Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong….” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. (From LitLovers.com) 2012, 432 pp
Paris 1919: 6 month that changed the world by Margaret McMillan
Tuesday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
For six months in 1919, after the end of “the war to end all wars,” the Big Three—President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau—met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities—Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them—born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn. (From Random House) 2003, 624 pp
Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m.
It reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. (From LitLovers.com) 2010, 496 pp.
Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
In the summer of 1944, Frank Arnold, a wealthy shipbuilder in Mobile, Alabama, receives his volunteer commission in the U.S. Navy and moves his wife, Ann, and seventeen-year-old son, Josh, to the family’s summer home in the village of Corazon Sagrado, high in the New Mexico mountains. A true daughter of the Confederacy, Mrs. Arnold finds it impossible to cope with the quality of life in the largely Hispanic village … Josh, on the other hand, becomes an integral member of the Sagrado community.(From LitLovers.com) 1968, 246 pp.
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Tuesday, May 26 at 2 p.m.
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next. (From LitLovers.com) 2012, 432 pp.
Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Kline
Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m.
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adoles-cence of hard labor and servitude? (From LitLovers.com) 2013, 279 pp.
Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski
Tuesday, July 29 at 2 p.m.
Bonaventure’s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and a long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to the long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed. (From LitLovers.com) 2013, 400 pp.
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
Tuesday, August 26 at 2 p.m.
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin.
As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature. (From LitLovers.com) 2011, 288 pp.
City of Women by David R. Gillham
Tuesday, September 30 at 2 p.m.
Who do you trust, who do you love, and who can be saved? It is 1943—the height of the Second World War—and Berlin has essentially become a city of women. Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. Her lover is a Jew. (From LitLovers.com) 2012, 400 pp.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Tuesday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. (From LitLovers.com) 2010, 640 pp.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Tuesday, November 25 at 2 p.m.
A new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. (From LitLovers.com) 2013, 416 pp.
Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell
Tuesday, December 30 at 2 p.m.
In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father’s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father’s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris. But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet—a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. But even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time. (From LitLovers.com) 2010, 352 pp.