Book Club

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The Book Club is a reader's discussion group that meets once a month from September through June. The meetings are organized and led by volunteers. 
Discussions are held on the second Thursday of the month,
5:30 p.m.

One book per month is selected. Readers become acquainted with a variety of books and authors. The book club gathers to discuss the story, other books written by the featured author and to learn more about the author.

The Book Club is for adults who love to read!
This is an informal and fun gathering. New members are welcome.
If you are interested in joining, contact the library for more information, 785-364-3532 or
holtoncitylib@gmail.com.

Library Book Club Selections 2021 - 2022


 

September 9 –     Breathtaking by Courtney Turcotte Bond                                                                                           To the outside world, Cara's life seems perfect. The only one who knows the dark secrets inside her home is her best friend and next-door neighbor, Adam. Cara's only escape is by writing and sharing her stories with him. Just when everything seems to get better, Cara's world shatters. Even though Adam promises her "everything will be okay," she knows things will never be the same.

October 14 -       Radium Girls by Kate Moore

                                                             The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of WWI. The factories ignore the claims of the gruesome side effects, and the cries of corruption. In one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing and ultimately saved many lives.

November 11 -   The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

                                                Maeve and Danny are siblings growing up in a grand house in Elkins Park. The house is named after the wealthy Dutch family that once lived there. Abandoned by their mother when they were young, the children are raised by their father and the household staff until their father meets Andrea Smith, who he later marries. Their lives are forever changed.                   
 

No Meeting in December

January 13 -       Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

                                                           A chilling tale of psychological thriller suspense: the story of a bookseller who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because a very clever killer started using his list of fiction's most ingenious murders.

February 10 -      The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

                                                An epic novel of love, heroism, and hope set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Texas, 1934: millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli, like so many of her neighbors must make an agonizing choice, fight for her land, or go west. The Four Winds is a portrait of the American dream, seen through the eyes of one woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

March 10 -          The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede  

                                                  Perfect for fans of the hit Broadway musical "Come from Away."  When 38 jetliners bound for teh US were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

April 14 -            The Daughters of Erietown by Conne Schultz

                                                    This novel tells the story of Brick, Ellie, and their daughter Samantha. It illuminates the issues facing working-class families and their communities, as it chronicles the evolution of women's lives in America. It also explores how much people know about each other and pretend not to, and the secrets that explode lives.

May 12 -              Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts 

                                                   This novel tells the story behind "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud. Maud Baum, the widow of the author of the book, met Judy Garland , the young actress playing the role of Dorothy on the set of OZ in 1939. Maud was 78 and Judy was 16. The story recreates Maud's youth, the prairie years of Maud and Frank's early days among the people, especially young Dorothy, who would inspire Frank's masterpiece.
June 9 -             The Healer's Daughter by Charlotte Hinger 

                                                     Bethany Herbert-Young, newly freed and very skilled at healing, joins a group of other freed slaves who have been promised a veritable paradise in Kansas. There is, of course, no paradise awaiting them but through their own hard work, they wrestle a community out of the unforgiving prairie. In this realistic story, the townspeople struggle against outside threats and internal conflict to survive.                                        

Also Reads -
Rose Code, The Vanishing Half, Olympus, Texas, The Midnight Library, Tending Roses, A Spool of Blue Thread, The Extra Ordinary Life of Sam Hell