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Books & Brews
This discussion group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at The Drafting Table. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit the program calendar to register.
Sept. 13- The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
Hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library, Belle de Costa Greene becomes one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she keeps.
Oct. 11- Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
Drawing on real historical documents but infused with the intensity of imagination, sly humor, and intellectual fire for which award-winning author Rivka Galchen's writing is known, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch is a tale for our time-the story of how a community becomes implicated in collective aggression and hysterical fear.
Nov. 8- The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Describes the author’s upbringing in a New Orleans East shotgun house as the unruly 13th child of a widowed mother, tracing a century of family history and the impact of class, race and Hurricane Katrina on her sense of identity.
Dec. 13– A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers
It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go backuntil the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot. Becky Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?
Between the Lines Book Club
Join us on the last Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. for an hour of eclectic reads and discussion. We provide coffee while you provide the conversation. New readers are always welcome. Pick up a copy of the book at the library. No registration required.
Sept 28 - Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara--an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities--watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.
Oct 26 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Twenty-five years after her father published a wildly popular nonfiction book based on her family's rushed exit from a haunted Victorian estate, naysayer Maggie inherits the house and begins renovations, only to make a number of disturbing discoveries.
Nov 30 - The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton
A Key West native, a bride fleeing the Cuban Revolution and a Wall Street crash victim meet at a Great War veteran camp before one of the most powerful hurricanes in history indelibly changes their lives.
Dec 14 - The Maid by Nita Prose
When she discovers the dead body of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black in his suite, hotel maid Molly Gray finds her orderly life upended as she becomes the prime suspect in the case and is caught in a web of deception that she has no idea how to unravel.
Books & Bytes Teen Book Club
Books & Bytes is a book club just for teens in grades 7-12. Join us for a lively discussion via Discord on the last Monday every month at 6pm. Please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation to our Discord channel. Upcoming book club dates are below.
Sept 26 - Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi
Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he's seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal's bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?
Oct 24 - Don’t Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller
Bram moves to the small town of Louth in order to help her uncle start his new inn, but when she discovers a legacy of silenced women tied to her new home, she sets out to investigate the truth behind the town's 'Dead Girl' myths
Nov 28 - Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life.
Dec 19 - The Mythic Koda Rose by Jennifer Nissley
Leaving her best friend (and secret love) Lindsay, seventeen-year-old Koda Rose moves with her mother to New York City, where Koda grows close to the ex-girlfriend of her late father, a famous rock musician who neglected his daughter.