Community Book Discussion Group

Rabid readers and literature lovers are invited to come together for discussions of popular literature at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Taylor Mill United Methodist Church (5160 Taylor Mill Road). Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided. Below is a schedule of the meetings and short summaries of the books that will be discussed.

 

January 19th What’s your Favorite?

Do you have a book that you just KNOW everyone should have to read? Did it make you smile, laugh, cry or simply understand some aspect of the world in a different way or was it just plain good? Bring it to book club tonight and talk us into it!!!

 

February 16th The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife, published in 2003, is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. The novel, which has been classified as both science fiction and romance, examines issues of love, loss, and free will. (Wikipedia)

 

March 16th The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards. . . .

(Kentucky author)

This stunning novel begins on a winter night in 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but the doctor immediately recognizes that his daughter has Down syndrome. For motives he tells himself are good, he makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever. He asks his nurse, Caroline, to take the baby away to an institution. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child as her own. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter is a brilliantly crafted story of parallel lives, familial secrets, and the redemptive power of love. (memorykeepersdaughter.com)

 

April 20th The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Wayward daughters.Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you’ve got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s only – and finest – female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she’s got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger . . . (www.mccallsmith.com/ladies1.htm)

 

May 18th The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother by James McBride

James McBride grew up one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and a woman who would not admit she was white. The object of McBride’s constant embarrassment, and his continuous fear for her safety, his mother was an inspiring figure, who through sheer force of will saw her dozen children through college, and many through graduate school. McBride was an adult before he discovered the truth about his mother In this remarkable memoir, she tells in her own words the story of her past. Around her narrative, James McBride has written a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother. (penguingroup.com)