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Fourth Thursday Book Club


You're invited to attend our adult book discussions in 2016. The discussions are held at 1 p.m. in the Rensselaer Library conference room** on the 4th Thursday in January through October and the 3rd Thursday in November. There is no discussion in December.  Read on for the list of 2016 titles.

January 28, 2016
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr, a Pulitzer Prize winner, writes about the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

February 25, 2016
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
by Beth Hoffman

After former Southern beauty queen Camille is struck and killed by an ice cream truck, Camille’s daughter Cecelia is handed to her great-aunt Tootie. Aunt Tootie herself is the epitome of goodness, and her cook, Oletta, is a sage black woman. Hoffman toys with the idea that Cecelia could inherit her mother's mental problems as madness, neglect, racism, and snobbery are all lurking in the background.

March 24, 2016
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. McCullough draws on the riches of the Wright Papers, diaries, notebooks, and private  correspondence to tell the human side of their story, plus the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine.

April 28, 2016
Harvest of Rubies
by Tessa Afshar

Set in early Persia, this riveting tale is about a woman trying to find her place in the world of men. After the early death of her mother, Sarah becomes the scribe in the Persian court, until her cousin Nehemiah sets up an arranged marriage with Darius Pasargadae, who has no interest in a working woman for a wife. Sarah is forced into a marriage to a man she doesn't know and forced to give up the job that she loves.

May 26, 2016
Brush with Death
by Karen McInerney

From this Agatha Award-nominated series of Gray Whale Inn Mysteries comes another exciting mystery. With an upcoming gallery show and a popular artist visiting Cranberry Island, art is on everyone's minds--especially innkeeper Natalie Barnes.  But Natalie soon finds her niece's mentor dead. Will she uncover the truth behind this murder masterpiece?

** Meeting in the Carnegie Center

June 23, 2016
It Happened at the Fair
by Deeanne Gist

This historical novel set at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, is about an inventor and the attractive teacher who changes his life.  Cullen McNamara travels to the fair with his recent invention, but  noise makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. Cullen becomes caught between his girl back home, his dreams, and his attraction to his new tutor.

July 28, 2016
The Promise of Stardust
by Priscille Sibley

Filled with grace, sensitivity and compassion, The Promise of Stardust is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death. When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support. That is, until he learns she is pregnant.

August 25, 2016
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, who has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. So when, one November morning, a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, a comical and heartwarming tale begins of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

September 22, 2016
Go Set A Watchman
by Harper Lee

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch-"Scout"-returns home from New York City to visit her aging father. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were changing the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories flood back, and her values are thrown into doubt.

October 27, 2016
Books to Bridge Selection - Invincible Indiana
by Nate Dunlevy

Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative encompassing seven Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke.

November 17, 2016
Sailing the Inland Sea
by Susan Neville

Calling on the image of the Midwest's vanished inland sea, Susan Neville has written a compelling collection of essays that ponder writing and the "landlocked imagination." The essays range from interviews with Indiana writers Kurt Vonnegut, Scott Sanders, Marguerite Young, and others, to discussions on techniques grounded in a Midwestern sensibility.

December – No book discussion.  Merry Christmas!