The BookTalkers discussion group meets at 6:00 pm in the Armstrong Conference Room
on the second floor of the library.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Monday, September 16
Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a by-the-books kind of town. Longtime residents know the well-established rules of conduct. Newcomers, such as itinerant artist Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, must find out for themselves what is acceptable and what is not. This novel by Celeste Ng explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash
Monday, October 21
23-year-old Anton Winter is just back from a stint with the Peace Corps, where he contracted malaria. He returns to his family home in the famed Dakota Apartment building in New York, and, while recovering, works for Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign; goes sailing with his neighbor, John Lennon; and-most importantly-helps his father Buddy Winter, a famous TV talk show host, attempt a comeback after suffering a breakdown on air. Tom Barbash’s novel is an evocative look at family devotion, celebrity, downfall, and survival.
November Road by Lou Berney
Monday, November 18
Set against the assassination of JFK, this novel by Lou Berney centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America. A “fixer” for mob boss Carlos Marcello, Frank Guidry runs fast when Kennedy is assassinated; he’s just been to Dallas for Marcello, whose associates are now ending up dead. Planning to disappear in Las Vegas, he stops to help a beautiful woman who’s leaving her drunk husband, with daughters and dog in tow. Using the family as cover on the road, Frank forms a connection and finds that protecting is more worthwhile than escaping.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Monday, December 16
Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States she helped create a welcoming and inclusive White House, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. In her memoir, she invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.
Looking Ahead: Monday, January 20 • 6:00 pm
Join BookTalkers for a discussion of The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah