Bound to Please Book Club

The Bound to Please Book Club, moderated by retired Waukegan Public Library librarian Lourdes Mordini, meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month, from 2:00 – 3:30pm in the Bradbury Room.

2017 Book List

This year’s books are available for check out at the Library’s Customer Service Desk. Additional copies are ordered as needed through LINKin, the Library’s local lending consortium.

September 2017

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, by Cokie Roberts, 2015, 494pp.
Step back in time with this tour of antebellum and Reconstruction-era Washington with journalist Cokie Roberts’s 2015 book. Roberts considers the roles and influence of women during this pivotal time in American history, from politician’s wives to activists.

October 2017

Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson, 2016, 494pp.
East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking — and attractive — than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be.

November 2017

Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave, 2016.

Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave’s grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.

December 2017

Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty, 480pp.

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . .  A murder. . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.