Due to the pandemic, we won’t be meeting over the summer. At this time we plan to meet in the fall to discuss our May, June and July books listed below.
Friends members and others who are interested in reading and discussing books are meeting, except as noted, in the Community Room at the Library on the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:00pm. Discussion centers around the monthly selection and other books we have enjoyed. Upcoming books are as follows:
|Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
From Booklist: “*Starred Review* Rather than looking to a dystopian near-future to address environmental concerns, as so many fiction writers have, Kingsolver knits them right into the familiar lives of her ensnaring characters. In this exceptionally involving and rewarding novel, Kingsolver considers how our ways of living are threatened by the changing climate and our ever-increasing pressure on the biosphere, conducting a subtle, many-stranded inquiry into the concept of shelter within two story lines in two time frames, both anchored in Vineland, New Jersey…There is much here to delight in and think about while reveling in Kingsolver’s vital characters, quicksilver dialogue, intimate moments, dramatic showdowns, and lushly realized milieus. Ultimately, in this enveloping, tender, witty, and awakening novel of love and trauma, family and survival, moral dilemmas and intellectual challenges, social failings and environmental disaster, Kingsolver insightfully and valiantly celebrates life’s adaptability and resilience, which includes humankind’s capacity for learning, courage, change, and progress.”
|Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
From Booklist: “Beloved historical novelist Chiaverini (Enchantress of Numbers, 2017) fictionalizes the true story of an American expatriate in 1930s Germany who formed a resistance cell committed to bringing down Hitler’s regime from within. Mildred Fish meets German economist Arvid Harnack when both are graduate students in her native Wisconsin. The couple begins married life in Berlin as part of a lively circle of intellectuals, including German scholars Greta Kuckhoff and Sara Weitz and the American ambassador’s daughter, Martha Dodd. The group watches in alarm as the Nazi party gains popularity, and the rights of German Jews like Sara are steadily stripped away. Avowed antifascists, the women join forces to gather intelligence from journalists, military officers, and government officials for their American and Soviet contacts, risking their lives and those of their families and neighbors. This tale is dense with historical detail, but Chiaverini never loses her focus on her four extraordinarily courageous, resourceful, yet relatable narrators. Chiaverini’s many fans and every historical fiction reader who enjoys strong female characters, will find much to love in this revealing WWII novel.”
|The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
From Booklist: “When Alice marries the charming, athletic Bennett Van Cleve, she imagines bustling city life in America, so unlike her staid English existence. But when she gets to Baileyville, Kentucky, she finds her peers are suspicious and gossipy, her house is a shrine to Bennett’s late mother, and her father-in-law sleeps in the room next door. Desperate and lonely, she surprises herself by volunteering to help with the new Baileyville Packhorse Library, run by the indomitable Margery O’Hare, who has an unsavory reputation as a moonshiner’s daughter, though no one dares say it to her face. Of course, spreading education and information, especially to the womenfolk, threatens the man who runs the coal mine Alice’s father-in-law. Readers familiar with Moyes’ very British narrative voice will be thrilled that she translates seamlessly into Appalachian, and she weaves a tough sort of protofeminism in with labor unrest and romance in this story that doesn’t stereotype but lifts up the work of the women who run the library and the lives they impact. There are tears and laughter in this homage to the power of reading and the strength of community.”
Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog
Please join us! New members welcome at any meeting.