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 8 @ 6:00pm|
|The 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|
|The 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