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Reading Central Book Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Join us for a great discussion! Each month we will read a new title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome.

 

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In December, we are reading The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman.

 

1992: French-Canadian factions renew Quebec’s fight to gain independence, and wild, beautiful Véronique Fortin, daughter of a radical separatist convicted of kidnapping and murdering a prominent politician in 1920, has embraced her father’s cause. So it is a surprise when she falls for James Phénix, a journalist of French-Canadian heritage who opposes Quebec separatism. Their love affair is as passionate as it is turbulent, as they negotiate a constant struggle between love and morals.

At the same time, James’s older sister, Elodie Phénix one of the Duplessis Orphans, becomes involved with a coalition demanding justice and reparations for their suffering in the 1950s when Quebec’s orphanages were converted to mental hospitals, a heinous political act of Premier Maurcies Duplessis which affected 5,000 children.

The Forgotten Daughter is a moving portrait of love, familial bonds, and persistence in the face of injustice. As each character is pushed to their moral brink, they will discover exactly which lines they’ll cross- and just how far they’ll go for what they believe in.  


 

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Grand Reads Book Club: New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Grand River Stanley Park Community Library
GR Meeting Room

Join us in-person to connect with other readers, learn new perspectives and get to know your community library! Each month we'll read a different title from a variety of genres and authors. New members are always welcome!


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In December, we will be discussing New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan. This title is available as an audiobook on CD.


When a new teacher arrives in a tiny fishing village, she realizes the most important lessons are the ones she learns outside the classroom. It's 1985. Rachel O'Brien arrives in Little Cove seeking a fresh start after her father dies and her relationship ends. As a new teacher at the local Catholic high school, Rachel chafes against the small community, where everyone seems to know her business. The anonymous notes that keep appearing on her car, telling her to go home, don't make her feel welcome either. Still, Rachel is quickly drawn into the island's distinctive music and culture, as well as the lives of her students and fellow teacher, Doug Bishop. As Rachel begins to bond with her students, her feelings for Doug also begin to grow. Rachel tries to ignore her emotions because Doug is in a long-distance relationship with his high school sweetheart. Or is he? Eventually, Rachel's beliefs clash with church and community, and she makes a decision that throws her career into jeopardy. In trying to help a student, has she gone too far? Only the intervention of the 'Holy Dusters,' local women who hook rugs and clean the church, can salvage Rachel's job as well as her chance at a future with Doug.


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Coffee and Crime Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Does a good mystery capture your interest? After you have read this month’s choice, join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from the mystery genre.  New members are always welcome. 


In January, we are discussing Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson.  This title is available as an ebook or e-audio book from DownLoad Library. 

 


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Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, A. A. Milne's The Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox's Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain's Double Indemnity, John D. MacDonald's The Drowner, and Donna Tartt's The Secret History. 


But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookstore in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife. 


To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects . . . and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape. 

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Reading Central Book Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room A

Join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from various genres and authors. New members are always welcome.


Registration required.


In January, we will be discussing Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. 


A heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiromachi branch of "Smile Mar," she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction-many are laid out line by line in the store's manual-and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a "normal" person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It's almost hard to tell where the store ends, and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action...


In February we will be reading Hell of a book by Mary Lawson.

 

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Coffee and Crime Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Central Library
Meeting Room C

Does a good mystery capture your interest? After you have read this month’s choice, join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from the mystery genre.  New members are always welcome. 


In February, we are discussing The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocomb. This title is available as an e-book or e-audio book from DownLoad Library. 

 


Registration Required 

 

Ray McMillian loves playing the violin more than anything, and nothing will stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who thinks he should get a real job, not the fact that he can't afford a high-caliber violin, not the racism inherent in the classical music world. And when he makes the startling discovery that his great-grandfather's fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, his star begins to rise. Then with the international Tchaikovsky Competitionthe Olympics of classical musicfast approaching, his prized family heirloom is stolen. Ray is determined to get it back.


But now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray's great-grandfather are each claiming that the violin belongs to them. With the odds stacked against him and the pressure mounting, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again? 

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Registration begins 12/25/2022 at 9:00 AM

Reading Central Book Club

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Central Library
Meeting Room A

Join us for a great discussion. Each month we will read a new title from various genres and authors. New members are always welcome.


Registration required.


In February, we will be discussing Hell of a Book by Jason Mott


In Jason Mott's Hell of a Book, a Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: Mott's novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour.


As these characters' stories build and converge, they astonish. For a while this heartbreaking and magical book entertains and is at once about family, love of parents and children, art and money, it's also about the nation's reckoning with a tragic police shooting playing over and over again on the news. And with what it can mean to be Black in America.

Who has been killed? Who is The Kid? Will the author finish his book tour, and what kind of world will he leave behind? Unforgettably told, with characters who burn into your mind and an electrifying plot ideal for book club discussion, hell of a Book is the novel Mott has been writing in his head for the last ten years. And in its final twists, it truly becomes its title.



In March, we will be reading Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali.

 

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