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 10th @ 6:00pm|
|The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood–one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.
|Thursday, September 14th @ 6:00pm|
|The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Library Journal Review: “As luck would have it, the day Sara arrives in Broken Wheel, IA, from Sweden to meet her book-loving pen pal Amy, the townsfolk are just leaving Amy’s funeral. Tourists are rare in this tiny, depressed town and the residents gather around Sara, sharing their stories of their departed friend. Sara stays in Amy’s house, surrounded by her huge collection of books, and is comforted by the warmth of this quirky community. There’s not much to do and Sara has little drawing her back to Sweden, so she decides to take Amy’s books and open a cozy bookstore in a derelict downtown storefront. With little money to buy books, Sara simply begins sharing Amy’s books with her friends. Gradually, the good citizens of Broken Wheel realize that a bookstore and Sara are what they need. How they go about ensuring that Sara can stay and the store can thrive is at the core of this heartwarming and utterly charming debut novel by Swedish author Bivald. VERDICT This gentle, intelligent Midwestern tale will captivate fans of Antoine Laurain’s The Red Notebook, Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop, and Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. -Fikry. An ideal book group selection, it reminds us why we are book lovers and why it’s nice to read a few happy endings.”
|Thursday, October 12th @ 6:00pm|
|Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Publishers Weekly Review: “Riggs’s atmospheric first novel concerns 16-year-old Jacob, a tightly wound but otherwise ordinary teenager who is “unusually susceptible to nightmares, night terrors, the Creeps, the Willies, and Seeing Things That Aren’t Really There.” When Jacob’s grandfather, Abe, a WWII veteran, is savagely murdered, Jacob has a nervous breakdown, in part because he believes that his grandfather was killed by a monster that only they could see. On his psychiatrist’s advice, Jacob and his father travel from their home in Florida to Cairnholm Island off the coast of Wales, which, during the war, housed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Abe, a Jewish refugee from the Nazis, lived there before enlisting, and the mysteries of his life and death lead Jacob back to that institution. Nearly 50 unsettling vintage photographs appear throughout, forming the framework of this dark but empowering tale, as Riggs creates supernatural backstories and identities for those pictured in them (a boy crawling with bees, a girl with untamed hair carrying a chicken). It’s an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”
|Thursday, November 9th @ 6:00pm|
|If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Booklist Review: “*Starred Review* Forman (Sisters in Sanity, 2007) provides a compelling and highly textured account of the brutal 24 hours that may be 17-year-old Mia’s last. Her day starts with a drive, with her loving and moderately punk parents and her effervescent little brother, to a bookstore. A collision with another vehicle leaves Mia’s parents dead. The narrative is told in a robust first-person voice, with flashbacks, flash-forwards, and out-of-body reports on her immediate surroundings as Mia is transported, in grave condition, to the hospital. The story then follows the medical efforts to save her life, extended family and friends’ efforts to provide emotional care, and Mia’s coming to terms with what has happened and what might still await her. Mia, a gifted cellist, finds support from her alt-rock boyfriend and a best friend whose own mother is a hysteric. Mia’s recounting of this critical day is laced with insight, good humor, and wonder, allowing the reader to enter the scene as fully as Mia herself seems to have, at least for now, left her broken body.”
|Thursday, December 7th @ 6:00pm|
|Christmas book, yet to be determined|
Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog