Book Club Selections

The Messenger Public Library has two monthly book clubs - the Messenger Library Book Discussion Group, which meets on a Thursday evening, and the Morning Coffee Break with a Book, which meets on a Tuesday morning.  Below are the selections for the group's next meeting.  Come and join us!

Messenger Evening Book Discussion Group

Thursday, November 3rd -- The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

This month's selection is "The Nightingale" by Kristen Hannah. Copies will be available at October's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk.
"Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War ll strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle's father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it's not only the sister's relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions." from the publisher

Thursday, December 1st -- At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

This month's selection is "At the Water's Edge" by Sarah Gruen. Copies will be available at November's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk.
"While her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World war ll-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening."

Morning Coffee Break & a Book

Tuesday, October 25th -- Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

This month's selection is Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. Pick up your copy at the Check Out Desk!
Struggling to support her family in mid-19th-century New York, writer Frances Osgood makes an unexpected connection with literary master Edgar Allan Poe and finds her survival complicated by her intense attraction to the writer and the scheming manipulations of his wife. From the publisher.

Tuesday, November 22nd -- Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

This month's selection is Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Pick up your copy at the Check Out Desk!
A satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders. Asked to be part of the Dallas Cowboys' halftime show on Thanksgiving, Specialist Billy Lynn, one of the eight surviving men of the Bravo Squad, finds his life forever changed by this event that causes him to better understand difficult truths about himself. From the publisher.

Tuesday, December 27th -- Night by Elie Wiesel

This month's selection is Night by Elie Wiesel. Pick up your copy at the Check Out Desk!
Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.


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