The BookTalkers discussion group meets at 6:00 pm in the Armstrong Conference Room
on the second floor of the library.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Monday, January 20
In 1974, a troubled Vietnam vet inherits a house from a fallen comrade and moves his wife, Cora, and 13-yer old daughter, Leni, to Alaska. The summer of their arrival is glorious, but trouble comes with the winter snows, as supplies dwindle and Leni’s father becomes increasingly unbalanced. This compelling novel by Kristin Hannah is a coming-of-age story that pits isolation and violence against love and the endurance of the human spirit.
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Monday, February 17
She planned her own funeral, but did she arrange her own murder? Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz reinvents the classic crime novel with this mystery starring a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. Daniel Hawthorne, an eccentric private detective, has been called in by the London police to help solve the murder of Diana Cowper. Horowitz is invited by Hawthorne to write a book about the crime and, not incidentally, split proceeds from the book with him. The line between fiction and reality is blurred in this clever whodunit.
What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Monday, March 16
Despite complaints from Flint, Michigan, residents, the city’s emergency manager and state government insisted that the city’s municipal water switch from Lake Huron to the Flint River hadn’t caused any problems. The city, the state and the world were soon to learn the awful truth. In this book, chosen as the 2019-2020 Michigan Great Read, Iraqi immigrant and pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha recounts the epidemiological sleuthing that uncovered the lead crisis in the drinking water of Flint.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Monday, April 20
After the Second World War, Cyril Conroy builds a real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. One of the first things he buys is a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Ann Patchett’s novel is one of surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with questions of heredity, altruism, forgiveness, social expectations, and the need to be one’s true self.
Looking Ahead: Monday, May 18 • 6:00 pm
Join BookTalkers for a discussion of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead