Ever wanted to join a reading group, but didn’t have the time? Well, here is your chance! This group 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!

Wednesday, March 20 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for To Siri With LoveTo Siri With Love: a Mother, Her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines by Julie Newman
Library Journal: “Expanding her internationally acclaimed New York Times op-ed article into a full-length book of the same name, -Newman shares insights into her experience living with family members who have autism. Newman relates how her son Gus has helped her and her family see the world through his eyes and what a revelation that has been for them. Beginning when Gus and his twin brother were born and continuing through to the present, Newman shares her sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always insightful and upbeat recollections of their life. She touches on many of the issues of autism, but this is not a “how to” book. It is a positive yet honest look into one family’s journey with autism, and among others, how technology, especially Siri, was helpful to Gus. Straightforward and to the point, Newman’s book presents a realistic yet optimistic view of autism in their family.”
Wednesday, April 17 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for Immoral Immoral by Brian Freeman
From the publisher: “In a riveting debut thriller that has drawn comparisons to masters of the genre like Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, Brian Freeman weaves obsession, sex, and revenge into a story that grips the reader with vivid characters and shocking plot twists from the first page to the last. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu . For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota–gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior. The two victims couldn’t be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly, sweet sixteen. And now Rachel Deese, strange, sexually charged, a wild child. The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions. And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers. Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire. Secrets that are chillingly…immoral.”
Wednesday, May 15 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for Herons LandingHerons Landing by JoAnn Ross
Library Journal: “Two years after his wife, Zoe, was killed during a tour of duty in Afghanistan, contractor Seth Harper is still grieving. He’s thrown himself into the family renovation and remodeling business, and his social life is nonexistent-he knows he’ll never marry again. Then hotel concierge Brianna Mannion, a woman he’d grown up with and Zoe’s best friend, returns to Honeymoon Harbor with plans to turn Herons Landing, an old Victorian mansion with a ghostly past, into a bed-and-breakfast-and the stage is set for a relationship Seth is determined to ignore. The connection between a deeply conflicted man slowly coming to terms with loss and the woman who understands him adds strength and intensity to a perceptive story that is more than the average friends-into-lovers romance. Vivid, detailed descriptions, real-life issues that resonate, a pair of perfect-for-each-other protagonists, and a wealth of colorful townsfolk form an emotionally compelling story in Ross’s capable hands. VERDICT An excellent start to a promising community series with a stunning Olympic Coast setting.”
Wednesday, June 19 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for Uncommon TypeUncommon Type by Tom Hanks
Booklist: “As an actor, Tom Hanks has an understated performance style; the hard work seems to get done under the surface, where we can’t see it. All we see is the truth of the character. The same goes for the 17 short stories in this thoroughly engaging book, Hanks’ fiction debut. Here are stories about friends who become lovers and then decide that wasn’t a good idea; about old war buddies whose Christmas Eve conversation sparks some powerful memories; about a movie star enduring a press junket; about a billionaire and his assistant on the trail of acquisitions who find in America’s heartland a humanity very different from their glass-tower world. The stories are brief and sometimes seem abbreviated, but they possess a real feel for character and a slice-of-life realism that combine to deliver considerable depth beneath the surface. A surprising and satisfying book from a first-time fiction writer.”
Wednesday, July 17 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Booklist: “*Starred Review* Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two very different worlds: one is her home in a poor black urban neighborhood; the other is the tony suburban prep school she attends and the white boy she dates there. Her bifurcated life changes dramatically when she is the only witness to the unprovoked police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil and is challenged to speak out though with trepidation about the injustices being done in the event’s wake. As the case becomes national news, violence erupts in her neighborhood, and Starr finds herself and her family caught in the middle. Difficulties are exacerbated by their encounters with the local drug lord for whom Khalil was dealing to earn money for his impoverished family. If there is to be hope for change, Starr comes to realize, it must be through the exercise of her voice, even if it puts her and her family in harm’s way. Thomas’ debut, both a searing indictment of injustice and a clear-eyed, dramatic examination of the complexities of race in America, invites deep thoughts about our social fabric, ethics, morality, and justice. Beautifully written in Starr’s authentic first-person voice, this is a marvel of verisimilitude as it insightfully examines two worlds in collision. An inarguably important book that demands the widest possible readership.”
Wednesday, August 21 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for Born a CrimeBorn a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Booklist: “*Starred Review* South African comedian Noah brings a fresh and tonic perspective to the role of host for The Daily Show, frequently joking about life as a mixed-race child under the tyranny of apartheid. He now reveals the full brunt of the terror and diabolical absurdity he endured in this substantial collection of staggering personal essays deftly shaped by his stand-up gifts for timing and precision. Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother, who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself and to have a child with a white Swiss German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal; neither parent could be seen in public with their son. So dangerous was life for mischievous, polyglot Noah that he spent much of his time alone indoors and later endured hunger, homelessness, jail, and violence. But his episodic and electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories of epic teen awkwardness, astounding accounts of his nervy entrepreneurial success as a music bootlegger and DJ, and vibrant and insightful descriptions of daily life in Johannesburg and Soweto. Noah’s coming-of-age paralleled South Africa’s emergence from apartheid, and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class. Hopefully, Noah will continue to tell his bracing and redefining story.”

Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog