Main Library Book Club
Saturday, April 13 @ 10:30 am
Grissom's unsentimental debut twists the conventions of the antebellum novel just enough to give readers an involving new perspective. Lavinia, an orphaned white indentured servant, arrives in 1791 to work in the kitchen house at Tall Oaks, a Tidewater, Va., tobacco plantation owned by Capt. James Pyke. Belle, the captain's illegitimate half-white daughter who runs the kitchen house, shares narration duties, and the two distinctly different voices chronicle a troublesome 20 years.
Saturday, May 11 @ 10:30 am
The maze of human memory is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own. In When We Were Orphans, his first novel in five years, he returns to this terrain. Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish. Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino-Japanese War is raging, to solve the mystery of the disappearances. The story is straightforward. Its telling is remarkable.
Saturday, June 8 @ 10:30 am
The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history -- how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased. In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth -- charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist -- murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.
Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands
Saturday, July 13 @ 10:30am
Here is one of those rare and remarkable debuts that herald the appearance of a major new talent on the literary scene. Inspired by real events, this historical novel by Susan Carol McCarthy, is a wise and luminous story about a northern family, a southern town, and the senseless murder that sparks an extraordinary act of courage.
Any Book by John Jakes
Saturday, August 10 @ 10:30am
John Jakes is the acknowledged contemporary master of the family saga. He is the creator of the legendary Kent Family Chronicles, and the Main and Hazard families of The North and South Trilogy. Praised as "the godfather of the historical novel," and "America's history teacher," Jakes mingles the lives of his fictional characters with those of historical personages, and involves them in the great events of U.S. and world.