Morning Book Group
Second Tuesday at 10 a.m.
December 12The short novels of John Steinbeck by John Steinbeck
The collection includes six of John Steinbeck’s most widely read and beloved novels. From the tale of commitment, loneliness and hope in Of Mice and Men, to the tough yet charming portrait of people on the margins of society in Cannery Row, to The Pearl’s examination of the fallacy of the American dream, Steinbeck stories of realism, that were imbued with energy and resilience. (Penguin Putnam)
January 9The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi
The inspirational story of the iconic September 11 hero traces his faith-based life outlook, his decision to walk away from more lucrative career interests to volunteer as a FDNY firefighter and the accounts of survivors who revealed how he sacrificed his life to save people trapped in the South Tower. – (Baker & Taylor)
Evening Book Group
First Monday at 7 p.m.
November 6A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
A curmudgeon hides beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior a terrible personal loss while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship. A first novel by the Swedish author of Things My Son Needs to Know About Life. – (Baker & Taylor)
December 4House Girl by Tara Conklin
A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves. – (Baker & Taylor)
Non-Fiction Book Club
Fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m.
November 29Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown’s classic, eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. – (McMillan Palgrave)