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The BookTalkers discussion group meets at 6:00 pm in the Armstrong Conference Room
on the second floor of the library.

Even in Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon 

Monday, May 15

Based on a true story spanning a century and three continents, Michigan writer Barbara Stark-Nemon’s novel traces the life of Klare Kohler, who meets the Nazi’s destruction of her comfortable world with passionate resilience. This saga of family, two world wars and a concentration camp leads to the unconventional life Klare builds in post-war Germany—one that ultimately allows her to find wisdom, meaning, and, most unexpectedly, love.

Come hear the author speak at on May 16 at 6:30 pm.



Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg  

Monday, June 19 

Hours before a wedding, a fire kills the bride, the groom, her father, and her mother’s boyfriend. The only survivor is the bride’s mother, June. After losing not just everyone she loves, but her house, her clothes, and her passport as well, June leaves her Connecticut hometown and drives to a motel in the Pacific Northwest, where she stays for months.  In this sad yet deeply inspiring debut novel, agent/memoirist Bill Clegg shows how people make bearable what is unbearable, offering consolation in small but meaningful gestures.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 

Monday, July 17

This powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town offers a broad, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. In this compelling hybrid of memoir and sociological analysis, former marine and Yale Law School graduate J. D. Vance digs deep into his upbringing in the hills of Jackson, Kentucky, and the suburban enclave of Middletown, Ohio, to chronicle with affection–and raw candor–the foibles, shortcomings, and virtues of his family and their attempts to live their lives as working-class people in a middle-class world. 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 

Monday, August 21

When Bert Cousins arrives at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited and kisses Franny’s mother, the two families have no idea that this moment will bond them and change their lives forever. Years later, Franny begins a relationship with famed author Leon Posen and reveals the story of love and loyalty between the families, a story that becomes his next bestselling book. In this, her most autobiographical novel, Ann Patchett brings humanity, humor, and a disarming affection to lovable, struggling characters who soldier on with decency despite the handicaps of their disrupted childhoods.


 Looking Ahead to Summer:

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowin Ivey