Book Club Selections

The Messenger Public Library has two monthly book clubs - the Messenger Library Book Discussion Group, which meets on a Monday 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 7 -- Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring and/or Devil's Rooming House: the True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M. William Phelps

Enjoy a lively discussion on the dark comedy play Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring and the true crime book Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M. William Phelps. Read one, or read them both! Copies of both books will be available at the check out desk at least one month prior to the discussion. Large print, audiobook and electronic copies may also be available. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to come to our new movie series Reel Reads - Books Into Movie on Sunday, January 17 at 2 to 3:30pm. This month's movie pick will be Arsenic and Old Lace, the 1944 American dark comedy directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant, and based on Joseph Kesserling's play. Read the book and watch the movie, or just sit back and enjoy the show. Discussion to follow movie screening. Refreshments will be served. And be sure to join us on Monday, January 18 from 7 to 8pm for Devils in the White City - And Beyond, a program that will delve into famous gaslight era serial killers, scoundrels and murderers - including Amy Archer Gilligan, the black widow who inspired the play and movie. Both of these special programs are for adults and teens 13 and up.

Thursday, February 4 -- In the Woods by Tanya French

"As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old-girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and his partner find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved case."

Thursday, March 3 -- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

In this gripping New York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.

Morning Coffee Break & a Book

Tuesday, January 26 -- Neverhome by Laird Hunt

"She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. Neverhome tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause." New York Times Book Review.

Tuesday, February 23 -- A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

"In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight year old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives."

Tuesday, March 22 -- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.






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