Library Book Groups

The Book Bunch

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month
7PM – 8PM at the Addison Public Library

2018

JANUARY 9

The Lilac Girls
Martha Hall Kelly

On a September day in Manhattan in 1939, twenty-something Caroline Ferriday is consumed by her efforts to secure the perfect boutonniere for an important French diplomat and resisting the romantic advances of a married actor. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish Catholic teenager, is nervously anticipating the changes that are sure to come since Germany has declared war on Poland. 
-- Provided by publisher.

FEBRUARY 13

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school...Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.  

MARCH 13

The Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan

When you can eat just about anything nature...has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. 

APRIL 10

The Silent Wife
Kerry Fisher

Told in alternating voices, this is the story of a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can't be made, and promises that won't be kept. 

 MAY 8

Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate

Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history-- Provided by publisher

JUNE 12

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Frans de Waal

In recent decades these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence, offering a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we've underestimated their abilities for too long.

JULY 10

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult

Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother, loving wife, and accomplished scientist who studied grief among elephants. Yet it's been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter, husband, and the animals to which she devoted her life… Still Jenna--now thirteen years old and truly orphaned by a father maddened by grief--steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother's desertion. 

AUGUST 14 

Medical / Legal Thrillers. Read any book of your choice and come ready to discuss.

SEPTEMBER 11

The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens

Iverson is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. 

OCTOBER 9

Eden: a Novel
Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick―wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community―is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg.
—From Amazon.com

NOVEMBER 13

Boomrang: Travels in the New Third World
Michael Lewis

In this book the author offers a scathing assessment of fiscal blunders in foreign lands, and details how economic repercussions are sure to be felt on American soil. Financial bubbles grew and burst, not only in the U.S. but in countries as diverse as Iceland, Germany, and Greece...  - Publisher.

DECEMBER 11

It's Always the Husband
Michelle Campbell

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone else is urging them to jump...
-- Provided by publisher.

 

Between the Lines

Meets the 3rd Monday of every month
10AM – 11AM at the Addison Park District
120 E. Oak St., Addison, IL 

2018

JANUARY 15

Funny In Farsi
Firoozeh Dumas

An account of the experiences of an Iranian immigrant family, which is dealing with the difficulties of living in a new country. 

FEBRUARY 19

Game of Queens
Sarah Gristwood

Europe witnessed numerous women rulers during the 1500s. Some of these included Isabella of Castile, Mary Tudor, Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor. Game of Queens allows its readers to see into the lives of these women of power.

MARCH 19

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult

13 year old Jenna is confident that her mother would not have deserted her. To verify this, she seeks the aid of a psychic, Serenity Jones, and the detective who initially investigated why Jenna’s mother mysteriously disappeared.

APRIL 16

Socrates
Paul Johnson

Philosopher, soldier, patriot; many words can be utilized while describing the man who is often referred to as the father of Western philosophy. Behold the life of Socrates, who experienced the Golden Age of Athens in Paul Johnson’s work.

MAY 21

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
Dan Ariely

Ariely asks his readers to honestly examine themselves, asking questions such as do you really avoid cheating because you are afraid of getting caught, does working with others cause you to be more honest, and does religion have an effect on your honesty.

JUNE 18

Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah

Kate Mularkey is not a popular girl, so she is shocked when one of the cool girls decides to become her friend. Firefly Lane follows their relationship over the next 30 years in a novel about life and friendship.

JULY 16

Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro

Hailsham is a boarding school that instructs it’s students on practically nothing regarding the world outside of their environment. When Kathy and her friends, Ruth and Tommy, grow up, they discover that their isolated community was not what many people presumed.

AUGUST 14 (Tuesday)

Medical and Legal Thrillers

Note date change in order to join the Addison Library Book Bunch for a joint discussion at an off-site location.

Read any medical or legal thriller of your choice and come ready to discuss.

SEPTEMBER 17

Dark Matter: A Novel
Blake Crouch

Jason Dessen awakens in an unfamiliar world after being knocked unconscious. His family is no longer his, he is a celebrity genius, and Dessen must now go on a frightful journey to discover the truth against a powerful nemesis. 

OCTOBER 15

Ruler's Guide: China's Greatest Emperor and His Timeless Secrets of Success
Chinghun Tang

The story of emperor Tang Taizong (598-649 AD), who was only 28 years old when he founded the Tang dynasty, which lasted for three centuries.  Chinghua Tang examines how this ruler opened the Silk Road, increased prosperity, and allowed Christianity and Islam into China, along with introducing Buddhism to Tibet.

NOVEMBER 19

Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter

An innkeeper beholds a sight of beauty on the Italian cost in 1962. A love-affair is beginning, but fails to blossom. However, 50 years later in modern day Hollywood, an old man’s heart is still full of hope.

DECEMBER 2018

No discussion this month