December Book Clubs To Join Now

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

#Finish out 2021 with one of seven great book clubs meeting this month, in branches and online!

Get in a Christmas mood with a Santa Cruise or A Christmas Story, or dig deep into darkness with the true-crime story, If You Tell. Whatever your reading mood, we hope you enjoy sharing it with us!

#Check out the list of book clubs below and join your fellow readers for a great chat!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 2 @ 6:30 pm Discovery Book Club at Pablo Creek

Dear Mrs. Bird, by A. J. Pearce

"London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.”

Thursday, December 9 @ 1pm As the Page Turns Book Club at Mandarin

The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

“In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. ... Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white – her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go-for the protection of her family and her legacy-to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.”

Saturday, December 11 @ 2:30 pm Mysterious Affairs Book Club at Highlands

Santa Cruise, by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark

"Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly are guests, along with their spouses, on the "Santa Cruise." The cruise is a gift from Commodore Randolph Weed to a select group that "has made the world a better place." His largesse is prompted by the desire to create a buzz about his new cruise ship, the Royal Mermaid, as she sets out on her maiden voyage. Alvirah, Regan, and her new husband Jack—head of the NYPD Major Case Squad—are joined as guests on the cruise by a mystery fan convention, celebrating "a ghost of honor," as well as ten men who donated time playing Santa Claus, now hoping for a restful post-season. That tranquility vanishes when two Santa suits disappear from a locked room, a storm develops, and an attempt is made on a passenger's life. As the Royal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan, and Jack uncover clues that lead them to dangerous criminals not on the original guest list..."

Tuesday, December 14 @ 6 pm ComiClub Graphic Novel Book Club at Willow Branch

Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

"Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.”

Tuesday, December 14 @ 6:45 pm Flamingo Book Club at Beaches

A Christmas Story, by Jean Shepherd

"This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?"

Thursday, December 16 @ 7 pm Club 364.1 True Crime Book Club Online via Zoom

If You Tell, by Gregg Olsen

“For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother's dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders.”

Tuesday, December 21 @ 6 pm Nuts About Reading Book Club at West 

Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley

“Dr. Henry Lodge provides the science. Chris Crowley provides the motivation. And through their New York Times bestselling program, you'll discover how to put off 70 percent of the normal problems of aging--weakness, sore joints, bad balance--and eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury. Plus, prominent neurologist Allan Hamilton now explains how following "Harry's Rules" for diet, exercise, and staying emotionally connected directly affects your brain--all the way down to the cellular level. The message is simple: Learn to train for the next third of your life, and you'll have a ball.”

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