This club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. We like to read all kinds of books that provoke thoughtful and entertaining discussions. Everybody is welcome to join in!
This month, we are reading A Gentleman in Moscow by bestselling author Amor Towles. A Gentleman in Moscow received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was a finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize. "Sentenced to house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel by a Bolshevik tribunal for writing a poem deemed to encourage revolt, Count Alexander Rostov nonetheless lives the fullest of lives, discovering the depths of his humanity. Inside the elegant Metropol, located near the Kremlin and the Bolshoi, the Count slowly adjusts to circumstances as a "Former Person." He makes do with the attic room, to which he is banished after residing for years in a posh third-floor suite. A man of refined taste in wine, food, and literature, he strives to maintain a daily routine, exploring the nooks and crannies of the hotel, bonding with staff, accepting the advances of attractive women, and forming what proves to be a deeply meaningful relationship with a spirited young girl, Nina. "We are bound to find comfort from the notion that it takes generations for a way of life to fade," says the companionable narrator. For the Count, that way of life ultimately becomes less about aristocratic airs and privilege than generosity and devotion" — Kirkus Reviews
Meeting at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month, our Mystery club is facilitated by author Ann Parker. The discussions are exciting and entertaining as all aspects of the stories are brought up. Our facilitator adds some very interesting insights to the group as well, since she can look at the books from a mystery author's point of view.
This month, we're reading The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and Publishers Weekly.
"In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie-theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one inexplicably survived. Then, a teenage girl vanished from the annual State Fair. Neither crime was ever solved. Twenty-five years later, the reverberations of those unsolved cases quietly echo through survivors' lives. A private investigator in Vegas, Wyatt's latest inquiry takes him back to a past he's tried to escape--and drags him deeper into the harrowing mystery of the movie house robbery that left six of his friends dead. Like Wyatt, Julianna struggles with the past--with the day her beautiful older sister Genevieve disappeared. When Julianna discovers that one of the original suspects has resurfaced, she'll stop at nothing to find answers. As fate brings these damaged souls together, their obsessive quests spark sexual currents neither can resist. But will their shared passion and obsession heal them, or push them closer to the edge? Even if they find the truth, will it help them understand what happened, that long and faraway gone summer? Will it set them free--or ultimately destroy them?" —Publisher Marketing
Join us at Towne Center Books for an exciting new book club! From Post Apocalypse Thrillers to Space Operas, we will read it all! It will be held on the third Thursday of every month. This book club is free and open to everyone!
This month we are reading God's War by Kameron Hurley.
"Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference... On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on-- There's not a chance in hell of ending it. Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price? The world is about to find out." — Publisher Marketing
This club meets on the fourth Monday of every month. Each discussion is lead by Brian Mahoney, who works closely with the national Great Books Group to give you an excellent reading experience. People all over the country are discussing these books and selections, why don't you join in?
This month we are reading selections from The Civically Engaged Reader anthology by the Great Books Foundation.
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