Facilitator: Jean Trumpy
Meeting time: 1st Wednesday of the month, 5:45 PM at the bookstore
New members are welcome!
3/6 The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
"This is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most and must find their way back to happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetery, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur's nosy neighbor Lucille to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life's most precious moments are sweeter when shared, they go from strangers to friends, creating an untraditional, but loving family. Betrayal, loneliness, romance and family are at the heart of this book. This is a story about life being affirmed at all ages, old and young, and about finding happiness when hope seems lost."
NOTE: The author has written an equally moving sequel entitled NIGHT OF MIRACLES
4/3 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
“Newlyweds Celestial and Roy represent both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. As they settle into the routine of life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself alone and takes comfort in Andre, her childhood friend who was the best man at her wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she finds herself no longer in love with him. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned. He returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.“
NOTE: This is a 2018 Oprah book club selection.
5/1 Eggshells by Caitriona Lally
“Vivian doesn't feel like she fits in and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was 'left by fairies'. Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she's crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled and she hasn't a friend in the world. So, she decides it's time to change her life. She begins by advertising for a friend; not just any friend, one named Penelope. Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day while seeking her escape route to a better world, the one her parents told her she came from. Then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. From that moment on, Vivian's life begins to change."
6/5 Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
“Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. However, when a new family moves in, not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever. With a message of inclusion for dreamers and welcomers, this is a book for our lives and times. “
NOTE: This is a special edition for adults of the author’s novel for children.