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Fourth Thursday Book Club

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You're invited to attend our adult book discussions in 2015. The discussions are held at 1 p.m. in the library conference room on the 4th Thursday in January through October and the 3rd Thursday in November. There is no discussion in December.  Read on for the list of 2015 titles.

January 22, 2015
Burning Sky
by Lori Benton

In the aftermath of the American Revolution, Willa Obenchain returns to her family’s New York frontier homestead after being abducted by Mohawk Indians at age 14 and renamed Burning Sky. What she finds is very different from what she left behind—her childhood home is in disrepair, her missing parents are rumored to be Tories, strong feelings against “savages” abound in the nearby village of Shiloh and the young Richard Waring she once admired is now twisted by the horrors of war and claiming the Obenchain land. Willa is a woman caught between two worlds. As tensions rise, the woman called Burning Sky must find new courage.

February 26, 2015
I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. When she was 15, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. Malala's recovery has taken her from a remote valley in Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, and a father who encouraged his daughter to write and attend school. One person's voice can change the world.

March 26, 2015
The Enchanted April
by Elizabeth Von Arnim

A recipe for happiness: four women, one medieval Italian castle, plenty of wisteria, and solitude as needed. The women in the book are alike only in their      dissatisfaction with their everyday lives. They find each other—and the castle of their dreams—through a classified ad in a London newspaper one rainy February afternoon. The ladies expect  a pleasant holiday, but they don’t anticipate that the month they spend in Portofino will reintroduce them to their true natures and reacquaint them with joy. Now, if the same transformation can be worked on their husbands and lovers, the enchantment will be complete.

April 23, 2015
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

Inspired by historical figure Sarah Grimke, the book shows a daring quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the wealthy Grimke household. Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. On Sarah’s 11th birthday, she is given 10 year old Handful as her handmaid. Both strive for a life of their own, shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

May 28, 2015
The Face of a Stranger
by Anne Perry

His name, they tell him, is William Monk. He’s a Victorian London police detective whose memory has vanished because of an accident. Fearing failure and the penury that would follow, he tries to cover up his lack of memory while investigating the murder of a young Crimean War hero from an upper class family.  Relying purely on instinct and intelligence he discovers his not inconsiderable natural skill along the way. As a policeman he has to deal with the hierarchies inherent in the police force and society that sees him as a working man, and thus not a gentleman. Slowly, the darkness fades as each new revelation leads Monk to a terrifying conclusion.

June 25, 2015
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat
by Edward Kelsey Moore

The diner in Plainview, Indiana is home away from home for Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Dubbed "The Supremes" in the 1960s  at high school, they’ve weathered life’s storms for over four decades and counseled each other through marriage and children, happiness and the blues. Now, they face their most challenging year. Clarice is struggling to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s infidelities; Barbara Jean is rocked by tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair; and Odette is about to embark on the most terrifying battle of her life.  They are allies in a warmhearted novel that celebrates female friendship and second chances.

July 23, 2015
Dandelion Wine
by Ray Bradbury

This tender story of a young man's voyage of discovery was Ray Bradbury’s first novel. It is semi-autobiographical and is basically a love letter to his childhood. The summer of '28 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a 12 year old boy named Douglas Spaulding, most of the book is focused upon the routines of small-town America, and the simple joys of yesteryear.

August 27, 2015
Murder Simply Brewed
by Vannetta Chapman

It’s spring in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright sees profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops until she hears that Ethan Gray is dead. At  A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. Police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced. Clues that don’t add up, a town with secrets, and a blossoming romance will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery and bring peace to the community.

September 24, 2015
Wonder
by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

October 22, 2015
Books to Bridge Selection
(to be determined at a later date)

Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative encompassing seven Northwest Indiana counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke.

November 19, 2015
Round table
Bring a book to share.

Everyone will have an opportunity to tell the group about their chosen book.

December – No book discussion.  Merry Christmas!