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, 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|
|Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
Booklist Review: “On Winter Stroll weekend, Nantucket comes alive. The Quinns are trying their best to get in the spirit. But youngest son Bart is MIA in Afghanistan, oldest son Patrick is in jail for securities fraud, and patriarch Kelley’s second wife, Mitzi, is regretting running off with Santa (or a guy playing Santa). Daughter Ava is glad to have the support of her boyfriend, Scott, until he favors an injured colleague over family commitments. Her ex, Nathan, is there to pick up the pieces, if she will let him. Despite all of this (with a pill addiction and a marriage proposal thrown in), the family comes together to celebrate the christening of baby Genevieve. A slice of holiday life (if your life is the genteel poverty of hardworking Nantucket family innkeepers with extraordinarily wealthy relatives) from a master of domestic fiction, in which nothing feels tawdry, and the pages fly. Readers who missed the first Quinn outing, Winter Street (2014), might feel left out in the beginning, but this short, addictively readable novel is the perfect size to squeeze in during the holiday rush.”
Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog