Ever wanted to join a book club, but didn’t have the time? Well, here is your chance! This book club is for people looking for a chance to discuss a quick and easy read. Join us at any of the meetings listed below in the Foot Room at the Red Wing Public Library – and just give us a call if you’d like us to request a book for you!

Thursday, August 9 @ 6:00pm
Picture of book cover for Hemingway's GirlHemingway’s Girl by Ericka Robuck
Publisher’s Weekly Review: “Robuck drops the fictional 19-year-old Mariella Bennet into the life of Ernest Hemingway in her richly realized newest (after Receive Me Falling), set in Depression-era Key West, Fla. Mariella’s father has just died. In order to raise money to care for her mother and sisters, Mariella bets on a boxing match refereed by Hemingway. Though she loses the bet, Mariella befriends the famous writer and is hired as a housemaid for Hemingway and his second wife, Pauline. Soon after, Mariella and Papa Hemingway attend another bout where one of the fighters, WWI veteran and Overseas Highway worker Gavin Murray, becomes smitten with Mariella. As she struggles to balance her fascination with the Hemingways’ glamorous life and the prospect of settling down with Gavin, an enormous hurricane careens toward the Keys. As the winds pick up and the rains fall down, tensions rise and Mariella must choose which way to run. Robuck brings Key West to life, and her Hemingway is fully fleshed out and believable, as are Mariella and others. Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid setting.”
Thursday, September 13 @ 6:00pm
Picture of book cover for The Stars are FireThe Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
Library Journal Review: “Shreve’s latest brings readers to 1947 coastal Maine. In a close-knit town, Grace Holland, a young mother of two, enjoys camaraderie with her neighbor Rosie. She feels herself relax into discussions with Rosie that she can’t have with her taciturn husband or her loving but rather rigid mother. In a time when the only advance warning for fire is the smell of smoke, residents prepare ahead of time. Grace wakes to the sound of her daughter coughing, bundles her children into the baby carriage, and carries them to the beach, where she thinks quickly enough to prepare protective wet air pockets from blankets, ordering Rosie to do the same. As the town burns around her, Grace rises to handle each astonishing ordeal as she meets it. VERDICT Based on the harrowing true story of the largest fire to ravage the coast of Maine, this is sure to be a best seller. Shreve’s prose mirrors the action of the fire, with popping embers of action, licks of blazing rage, and the slow burn of lyrical character development. Absolutely stunning.”
Thursday, October 11 @ 6:00pm
Picture of book cover for WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio
Booklist Review: *Starred Review* “Kids’ books about befriending somebody different could fill a library. But this debut novel rises to the top through its subtle shifting of focus to those who are normal, thereby throwing into doubt presumptions readers may have about any of the characters. Nominally, the story is about 10-year-old August, a homeschooled boy who is about to take the plunge into a private middle school. Even 27 operations later, Auggie’s face has what doctors call anomolies; Auggie himself calls it my tiny, mushed-up face. He is gentle and smart, but his mere physical presence sends the lives of a dozen people into a tailspin: his sister, his old friends, the new kids he meets, their parents, the school administrators the list goes on and on. Palacio’s bold move is to leave Auggie’s first-person story to follow these increasingly tangential characters. This storytelling strategy is always fraught with peril because of how readers must refresh their interest level with each new section. However, much like Ilene Cooper’s similarly structured Angel in My Pocket (2011), Palacio’s novel feels not only effortless but downright graceful, and by the stand-up-and-cheer conclusion, readers will be doing just that, and feeling as if they are part of this troubled but ultimately warm-hearted community.”
Thursday, November 8 @ 6:00pm
Picture of book cover for The Women in the CastleThe Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Booklist Review: *Starred Review* “The last party at the ancient von Lingenfels castle is the occasion of a meeting of a group that is committed to resisting the Nazis. Among them is Marianne von Lingenfels’ husband. Another resister is her childhood sweetheart, who extracts from her a promise to look after Benita, his pregnant wife-to-be. When the resisters are executed in 1944 for their part in the plot to assassinate Hitler, Marianne rescues Benita and her son from dire conditions in Berlin and takes them to the castle to live with her and her own three children. Later, they are joined by Ania, who has been identified as another resister’s widow and has fled with her two sons from the Russian advance in the east. The narrative unfolds in a fluid way, with most of the action taking place in 1945, when the women struggle through the harrowing last days of the war, and 1950, when they adjust to new, postwar realities. The reader is fully immersed in the experiences of these women, the choices they make, and the burdens they carry. Shattuck has crafted a rich, potent, fluently written tale of endurance and survival.”
Thursday, December 13 @ 6:00pm
Picture of book cover for The GiftThe Gift by Cecelia Ahern
Booklist Review: “The author of P.S. I Love You (2004) and There’s No Place like Here (2007) offers up a moving tale just in time for the holidays. Christmas is fast approaching, but all ambitious businessman Lou Suffern can think about is the possibility of a promotion after a higher-up at his company suffers a breakdown and can’t return to work. Lou’s family his long-suffering wife, Ruth, and two children, as well as his aging parents is the furthest thing from his mind, until he encounters Gabe, a keenly observant homeless man, outside his office one day. Gabe’s comments about Lou’s co-workers prompt Lou to offer him a job in the mailroom at his company, something he comes to regret when Gabe starts popping up everywhere, reminding Lou about his familial obligations and offering him a special bottle of pills that might just be the key to opening Lou’s eyes to what really matters. Like Ahern’s recent novels, The Gift weaves magical elements into a modern-day setting, and will certainly appeal to readers looking for a touching, supernatural tearjerker.”

Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog