Book Club

Book Club

Discuss books with fellow lit lovers in the community! We meet the second Thursday of every month at 1:30pm at the Argenta Library. The library can place a hold on the monthly selections for you if you wish. We also try to keep a few spare copies at the circulation desk. Check out our top-rated books!

We’re always open to new members – join at any time! Contact us if you’d like more information.

 

November 2020 Selection

The Other Einstein

by Marie Benedict

Discussion: Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at 1:30 pm!

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.

December 2020 Selection

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

Discussion: Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 1:30 pm!

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health—and tomorrow is his hundredth birthday. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window  and Disappeared has charmed over two million people around the world.

January 2021 Selection

Pompeii

by Robert Harris

Discussion: Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at 1:30 pm!

When the aqueduct that brings fresh water to thousands of people around the bay of Naples fails, Roman engineer Marius Primus heads to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to investigate, only to come face to face with an impending catastrophe.

February 2021 Selection

We Are Not Ourselves

by Matthew Thomas

Discussion: Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at 1:30 pm!

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on whether guests are over and how much alcohol has been consumed. Eileen can’t help but dream of a calmer life, in a better neighborhood. When Eileen meets Ed Leary, a scientist whose bearing is nothing like those of the men she grew up with, she thinks she’s found the perfect partner to deliver her to the cosmopolitan world she longs to inhabit. They marry, and Eileen quickly discovers Ed doesn’t aspire to the same, ever bigger, stakes in the American Dream. Eileen encourages her husband to want more: a better job, better friends, a better house, but as years pass it becomes clear that his growing reluctance is part of a deeper psychological shift. An inescapable darkness enters their lives, and Eileen and Ed and their son Connell try desperately to hold together a semblance of the reality they have known, and to preserve, against long odds, an idea they have cherished of the future.

March 2021 Selection

Burial Rites

by Hannah Kent

Discussion: Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 1:30 pm!

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

April 2021 Selection

If the Creek Don’t Rise

by Leah Weiss

Discussion: Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at 1:30 pm!

In a North Carolina mountain town filled with moonshine and rotten husbands, Sadie Blue is only the latest girl to face a dead-end future at the mercy of a dangerous drunk. She’s been married to Roy Tupkin for fifteen days, and she knows now that she should have listened to the folks who said he was trouble. When a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for everyone in town, Sadie begins to think there might be more to life than being Roy’s wife.

Past discussion selections:

October 2020: The Island by Victoria Hislop — Our Rating: 4.05
September 2020: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood — Our Rating: 4.0
July/August 2020: TheDevil’s Half Mile by Paddy Hirsch — Our Rating: 3.71
June 2020:
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway — Our Rating: 4.36
March 2020: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz — Our Rating: 2.8
February 2020:
Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard — Our Rating: 3.8
January 2020:
 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman  — Our Rating: 3.97
December 2019:
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb  — Our Rating: 3.95
November 2019: Cemetery Road by Greg Iles — Our Rating: 4.3
October 2019:
The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher — Our Rating: 3.1
September 2019:
 Less by Andrew Sean Greer — Our Rating: 1.79
August 2019:
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See — Our Rating: 4.36
July 2019: Traveling Light by Lynne Branard — Our Rating: 3.1
June 2019:
Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty — Our Rating: 2.0
May 2019: The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser — Our Rating: 3.95
April 2019:
Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald — Our Rating: 1.87
March 2019: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton — Our Rating: 3.85
February 2019: Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan — Our Rating: 3.75
January 2019:
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman — Our Rating: 3.7

 

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