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, September 1st -- Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing by Lee Gant

This month's selection is "Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing" by Lee Gant. Copies will be available at August's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk.
"Master knitter, teacher, and widely published knitwear designer Lee Gant shares real-life stories about the power of knitting to comfort and calm, heal and renew." From the publisher.

Thursday, October 6th -- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

This month's selection is "The Miniaturist" by Jessie Burton. Copies will be available at September's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk.
'Engaging the services of a miniaturist to furnish a cabinet-sized replica of her new home, 18-year-old Nella Oortman, the wife of an illustrious merchant trader, soon discovers that the artist's tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways." From the publisher.

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, September 27th -- Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

This month's selection is "Broken Promise" by Linwood Barclay. Copies will be available at August's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk.
After his wife's death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can't find a way to stop the descent. Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions.

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 -- A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

This month's selection is A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. Pick up your copy at the Check Out Desk!
Follows the efforts of Chicky who, with the help of Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business), turns a coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges. John, the American movie star thinks he has arrived incognito; Winnie and Lillian, forced into taking a holiday together; Nuala and Henry, husband and wife , both doctors who have been shaken by seeing too much death; Anders, the Swedish boy, hates his father's business, but has a real talent for music; Miss Nell Howe, a retired school teacher, who criticizes everything and leaves a day early, much to everyone's relief; the Walls who have entered in 200 contests (and won everything from a microwave oven to velvet curtains, including the week at Stone House); and Freda , the psychic who is afraid of her own visions. From the publisher.


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