Reading Groups Archive

2012 Reading Group Lists

Annville Free Library - No registration is necessary. AFL's book discussion group invites you to join them for some lively discussion. The group meets once a month on a Monday night at 6:30 PM. Each member is responsible for getting their own copy of the books. 717.867.1802
January 30, 2012 @ 6:30
In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Summary: The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

February 27th @ 6:30 – Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. Catalog
Summary. A richly imagined new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller, People of the Book. Once again, Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.


March 26th @ 6:30
Free Radicals by Michael Brooks
Summary: a bold expose of science's mavericks. For more than a century, science has cultivated a sober public image for itself. But as bestselling author Michael Brooks explains, the truth is very different: many of our most successful scientists have more in common with libertines than librarians. This thrilling exploration of some of the greatest breakthroughs in science reveals the extreme lengths some scientists go to in order to make their theories public. Fraud, suppressing evidence and unethical or reckless PR games are sometimes necessary to bring the best and most brilliant discoveries to the world's attention.
April 30th @ 6:30 – The Book: True Grit by Charles Portis

Catalog
May 7th @ 6:00 – The Movie: True Grit directed by the Coen Brothers (popcorn provided).
September 24 @ 6:00
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
One Book, One Community Reading Selection
Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda. Library Catalog

October 29 @ 6:00
After Life by Rhian Ellis
Summary: Evocative, suspenseful, and beautifully written, this debut women's thriller is set in a town called Train Line, in western-most New York, home to a community of mediums and spiritualists. In this environment, Naomi Ash comes of age and begins to distinguish what might be her own true vision from fakery and fraud. Library Catalog

November 26 @ 6:00

My Korean Deli by Ben and
Ryder & Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

My Korean Deli follows the store's tumultuous life span, and along the way paints the portrait of an extremely unlikely partnership between characters with shoots across society, from the Brooklyn streets to Seoul to Puritan New England.
Library Catalog

Funny in Farsi : a memoir of growing up Iranian in America - In 1972, the author, at the age of seven, moves with her family from Iran to southern California encountering American culture for the first time. Library Catalog

Lebanon Community Library:
Three reading groups meet at the Lebanon Community Library
Tuesday Morning Book Club: meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9 AM. Registration required. Tuesday Evening Book Club: meets 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Thursday Afternoon Book Club: meets 1st Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
For more information, call Susan Reedy at 717-273-7624.
Tuesday Morning Book Group : meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9 AM. Registration required
January 10, 2012 at 9 am
Magnificent Bastards by Rich Hall
Summary: From the grouchy, deadpan, comic genius and brilliantly witty author of Otis Lee Crenshaw: I Blame Society and Things Snowball comes this wonderful new collection of stories of magnificent bastards and lost souls. Meet the man who vacuums bewildered prairie dogs out of their burrows; a smug, carbon-neutral ecocouple; a teenage girl who invites 45,000 MySpace friends to a house party; the author of a business book entitled Highly Successful Secrets to Standing on a Corner Holding Up a Golf Sale Sign; and a man whose attempts to teach softball to a group of indolent advertising executives sparks an international crisis.
February 14, 2012 at 9 am
My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone
Summary: In her debut, Titone, a historical researcher, says almost nothing about John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, focusing instead on his backstory and (speculative) psychological motivation. The tale has vibrant leads, including Booth's father, Junius Brutus Booth, a famous tragedian and raging alcoholic, and his domineering brother Edwin, the biggest stage star of the Civil War era. Then there's John Wilkes himself, a narcissist and hilariously bad actor--Titone regales readers with scathing reviews--whose good looks and hammy onstage swordplay drew crowds.
Borrow From Library

March 13, 2012 at 9 am
Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Summary: A science fiction classic about the colonization of Mars.
April 10, 2012 at 9 am
Last Call : The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
Summary: Okrent explores the origins, implementation, and failure of that great American delusion known as Prohibition. "Last Call" explains how Prohibition happened, what life under it was like, and what it did to the country.
Borrow from Library

May 8, 2012 at 9 am
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Summary: In the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary, retired war hero Major Ernest Pettigrew is enjoying the quiet life. However, when his brother's death coincidentally sparks a friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the village's only Pakistani shopkeeper, Major Pettigrew finds himself falling in love. But when small-town bigotry taboos his relationship, Major Pettigrew is left to decide if happiness is worth a ruined reputation.
Borrow from Library
No meeting – June, July, August
September 11, 2012 at 9 am Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
by William Manchester (The author recounts his experiences as a young Marine.)

October 9, 2012 at 9 am Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (Several centuries of philosophy and poetry in 17 short stories). Available from Amazon in Spanish or in English translation.
November 13, 2012 at 9 am
Mrs. Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon (Family feuds and crime in high society.) Borrow from Library

December 11, 2012 at 9 am
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (Paris under Nazi rule.) Borrow from Library

January 8, 2013
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Summary: On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. Borrow from Library

  
Tuesday Evening Book Club meets 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.
January, 2012
The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
Summary: A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
A Boston Globe Best Fiction Book of 2011
Summary: When her employers disappear, Araceli, a live-in maid, finds herself responsible for the couple's two young sons and decides to go in search of their only remaining relative, a long lost grandfather. Borrow from Library

February 28, 2012 at 6:30 pm
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Summary: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. Borrow from Library

March 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Summary: Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all.
Borrow from Library

April 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality. Borrow from Library
May 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

A New York Times Notable Book of 2011,
A Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Book of 2011,
A Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Best Fiction of 2011 Title
Borrow from Library
June 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Summary: "At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended."-- from publisher's description. Borrow from Library

No meetings in July and August
September 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Borrow from Library

October 23, 2012 at 6:30
One Book, One Community Book Selection Zeitoun by Dave Eggers :

Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda. Borrow from Library



November, 2012
Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright
Summary: The former Secretary of State paints a portrait of her early life from 1937 to 1948 during which she witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Borrow from Library

December, 2012
Home by Toni Morrison
The story of a Korean war veteran on a quest to save his younger sister
Borrow from Library

January, 2013
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Borrow from Library

  
Thursday Afternoon Book Group meets 1st Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
January
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Summary: Story of the hardships and joys of a young French priest and his friend of seminary days who came to the newly created territory of New Mexico. Borrow from Library

February 2, 2012 at 2 pm
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel-an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics-their passion for the same woman-that will tear them apart. Borrow from Library

March 1, 2012 at 2 pm
Operation Mincemeat by Ben McIntyre
Summary: an extraordinary account of the most successful deception--and certainly the strangest--ever carried out in World War II, one that changed the prospects for an Allied victory. The purpose of the plan--code named Operation Mincemeat--was to deceive the Nazis into thinking that Allied forces were planning to attack southern Europe by way of Greece or Sardinia, rather than Sicily, as the Nazis had assumed, and the Allies ultimately chose. Borrow from Library

April 5, 2012 2012 at 2 pm
The Whole Five Feet : what the great books taught me about life, death, and pretty much everything else by Christopher Belia. Borrow from Library

May 3, 2012 at 2 pm
Infidel by Ayaan Hirai Ali
Summary: In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.
June 7, 2012 at 2 pm
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Summary: Reality show of the future. How would you play the game?

An annual televised survival competition pits young people from twelve districts against one another. Sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. 
Borrow from Library
Sept. 6, 2012 at 2 pm
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving at 2 pm
Summary: The smallest kid in town gets into constant trouble and teams up with his best friend who is searching for his real father. Borrow from Library

October 4, 2012 at 2 pm
One Book, One Community book selection

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers :

Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda. Borrow from Library
November 1, 2012 at 2 pm
Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis DeBernieres
Summary : A captivating and mystical story of life and love during the wartime Italian occupation of the isolated Greek island of Cephallonia.
Borrow from Library

December 6, 2012 at 2 pm
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Summary: Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.
Borrow from Library

Matthews Public Library
The group meets upstairs in the library at 5:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month
2012 Book Selections
January 24, 2012
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
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A deeply moving story of one woman, Nazneen, born in a Bangladeshi village and transported to London at age eighteen to enter into an arranged marriage. Already hailed by the London Observer as "one of the most significant British novelists of her generation," Ali has written a stunningly accomplished debut about one outsider's quest to find her voice.

February 28, 2012
Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
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Ever since childhood, Ruth has found baking cakes to be a source of relief from the stresses of life. And now-as her husband loses his job, her life-of-the-party father arrives for an extended stay (much to the dismay of her mother, who also moved in recently), and her teenage daughter perfects the art of sulking-Ruth is going to need some serenity. But she also needs a plan. Because with funds running low and tempers running short, her family needs more than the perfect sweet. It's going to be up to Ruth to save the day, and let the crumbs fall where they may...

March 27, 2012
In The Bleak Midwinter by Julie Spencer-Fleming

April 24, 2012
The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang

May 22, 2012
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
June 26, 2012
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

July 24, 2012
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

August 28, 2012
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

September 25, 2012
Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise McGraw
October, 23, 2012
One Book, One Community 2012 Selection
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers :

Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda. Borrow from Library
November 27, 2012
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Myerstown Community Library.
Book Discussions are held several times a year. Call the library at 866-2800 for more information.
Spring Book Discussion
Thursday, May 17, 2012
7:00 pm
Christine Goldbeck, Facilitator

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

Summary: From beer to Coca-Cola, the six drinks that have helped shape human history
Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period.
October 23 at 7 pm
Fall Book Discussion Christine Goldbeck, Facilitator
One Book, One Community 2012 Selection:
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Summary: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda. Borrow from Library

Palmyra Public Library
Group meets the 2nd Monday of each month in the library meeting room. Contact Mary Adams at 717-838-5797. New members are welcome!
2012 Book Selections
January 9, 2012
Faithful Place by Tana French

Summary: Detective Frank Mackey finds himself straight back in the dark tangle of relationships he left behind twenty-two years ago when the suitcase belonging to his first love, Rosie Daly, shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place. The hotly anticipated third novel of the Dublin murder squad.

February 13, 2012
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Summary: Paris, July 1942: Ten year-old Sarah is brutally arrested with her family in the Vel d'Hiv roundup, the most notorious act of French collaboration with the Nazis. But Sarah has locked her brother in their favorite hiding place and kept the key, thinking she will return soon. Paris, May 2002: On Vel d'Hiv's sixtieth anniversary, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write about this black day in France's past. In the course of her investigation, Julia stumbles onto a trail of family secrets that connect her to Sarah.

March 12, 2012
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Summary: Remembering childhood stories her grandfather once told her, young physician Natalia becomes convinced that he spent his last days searching for "the deathless man," a vagabond who claimed to be immortal. As Natalia struggles to understand why her grandfather, a deeply rational man would go on such a farfetched journey, she stumbles across a clue that leads her to the extraordinary story of the tiger's wife.

April 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm
The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor
May 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
June 11, 2012
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
July 9, 2012
Mildred Pierce by James Cain
Summary : Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America to claw her way out of poverty. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.

August 13, 2012
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Summary: A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
Borrow from Library

September 10, 2012
Condemned to Freedom by John DeFrank
Author will be present at discussion!
Summary: "What's worse than a school where children aren't safe? A school where no one is safe. Few know about--much less acknowledge--the extortion, the drugs, even the sexual assaults at Freedom Consolidated High School, but now that local legend and district CEO Big Bob Samson has been murdered, demands for swift justice echo across the Pennsylvania Dutch heartland.
Borrow from Library