Books For Discussion:
July 12, 2017
The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
A poignant novel about a wealthy woman and her downtrodden servant offers a revealing look at class and gender roles in modern day Bombay. Umrigar does an admirable job of creating two sympathetic characters whose bond goes far deeper than that of employer and employee.
August 9, 2017
The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson
The summer of 1911 a new king of England was crowned and the aristocracy was at play, bounding from one house party to the next. However, cracks in the
social fabric were showing with industrial strikes and countless heatstroke deaths due to temperatures rising to more than 100 degrees. Narrated through the eyes of a debutante, a choirboy, a politician, a trade unionist, a
butler, and a queen, Nicolson chronicles an English summer a century ago when the world was on the cusp of irrevocable change.
September 13, 2017
Longbourn by Jo Baker
The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. Sarah, an orphaned housemaid,
experiences days filled with hard, body-punishing work.
The carefully choreographed world that Sarah has known all her life threatens to be
completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended when a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances.
October 11, 2017
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius and Orville had such mechanical ingenuity that few had ever seen. The fact that they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the risk of being killed.
November 8, 2017
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, a brilliant geneticist,
designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey that filters out women with undesirable qualities. During the process, he meets Rosie Jarman, an impetuous barmaid, and quickly disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project. Follow the unlikely pair as Don is forced to confront the realization that you don’t find love, it finds you.
December 13, 2017
Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel by Jeannette Walls
This novel is based on the life of the
author’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and compelling grandmother, Lily Case Smith. Lily learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother portrayed in The Glass Castle.
January 10, 2018
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner sailed out of New York bound for Liverpool carrying a record number of children and infants. Even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, Lusitania’s captain placed faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, changed the rules of the game, causing one of the greatest disasters in history.
February 14, 2018
Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen
Two sisters, one practical and conventional and the other emotional and sentimental, set their sights on men who will perfectly match their disparate personalities, with unexpected results.
March 14, 2018
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel
As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support, friendship, coffee, and cocktails. As their celebrity rose and divorce and tragedy began to touch their lives, the wives continued to rally together, forming bonds that would withstand the test of time.
April 11, 2018
A View from the Buggy: True and Inspiring Stories of Amish Life by Jerry Eicher
In this delightful compilation of stories by more than 30 Amish men and women, you’ll get the inside story on the daily life of Amish families. With humor, grace, and charm, these “plain” people tell their stories; bringing tears, laughter, and an occasional dose of Amish wisdom to your heart.
May 9, 2018
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women --a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow
--who were spies. Abbott weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war.