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, January 5th -- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This month's selection is "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. Copies will be available at December's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk. "An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it"-- Provided by publisher.  Click here to download Study Guide.


Thursday, February 2nd -- The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

This month's selection is "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman. Copies will be available at January's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk. "A forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro, the Father of Impressionism"-- Provided by publisher.


Morning Coffee Break & a Book

Tuesday, December 21st -- 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.


Tuesday, January 24th -- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

This month's selection is Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Pick up your copy at the Check Out Desk! 
Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America's rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair's brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country's most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his "World's Fair Hotel" just west of the fairgrounds--a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. From the Publisher.




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