Book Groups

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The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

Join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library at Adventure Brewing Company for a club all about books, beer, and some books about beer! Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm, 33 Perchwood Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

November 20: The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
J.R. Moehringer grew up listening for a voice: It was the sound of his missing father, a disc jockey who disappeared before J.R. spoke his first words. As a boy, J.R. would press his ear to a clock radio, straining to hear in that resonant voice the secrets of masculinity, and the keys to his own identity. J.R.'s mother was his world, his anchor, but he needed something else, something more, something he couldn't name. So he turned to the bar on the corner, a grand old New York saloon that was a sanctuary for all types of men -- cops and poets, actors and lawyers, gamblers and stumblebums.

Upcoming Selections:

December 18: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
January 15: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
February 19: The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer by Christina Perozzi

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Meets the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room

Current Selection:

October 13Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courage In the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives. At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war named Callum. With his boyish good looks and his dedication to her family, he has captured Anna's heart. But he is the enemy, and their love must remain a closely guarded secret. Only Manfred, a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, knows the truth. And Manfred, who is not what he seems to be, is reluctantly taken with Anna, just as she finds herself drawn uncomfortably to him. As these unlikely allies work their way west, their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred-and will forever bind the young trio together. 

Upcoming Selections:

November 10: The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P. S. Duffy
December 8: Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Rediscover the timeless, treasured delights of the classics. Read, savor, and engage in lively discourse with our newest Book Group. Meets the 3rd Monday of every month, 7-8 p.m. For more information, please call the Adult Research Desk at 372-1144 ext. 232.

Current Selection:

October 20: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor 
Tells the heartbreaking story of the notorious Georgia prison where 50,000 Northern soldiers suffered-and 14,000 died-and of the people whose lives were changed by the grim camp where the best and the worst of the Civil War came together. 

Upcoming Selections:

November 17: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 
December 15: no meeting

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm.

Current Selection:

November 6: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il. 

Upcoming Selections:

December 4: The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Join other readers to talk about books. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm.

Current Selection:

October 28: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw is a fireside tale of evil and mystery. Filled with extraordinary drama, Henry James' story has been widely popular ever since its publication in 1898. It also inspired a film, a play, and an opera. A governess has been hired to care for two orphaned young children in their uncle's English country home. But soon after she meets the boy and his sister, the governess begins to see fearful apparitions. With growing alarm, she must wonder about the target of the ghostly presences. Are they haunting her, or the sweet, innocent children?

Upcoming Selections:

November 25: Cooked by Michael Pollan

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm

Current Selection:

October 28: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?

Upcoming Selections:

November 25: Saving CeeCee Honeycut by Beth Hoffman
December 23: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 
January 27, 2015: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

Join a lively and fun discussion of the month's selected title. Refreshments served. Meets the third Tuesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.

Current Selection:
October 21: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
"This collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate that turn a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be." (Book description)

 

Upcoming Selections:

November 18: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
December 16: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Meets from 11:00 - noon on the second Friday of each month. 

Current Selection:

November 14: Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
 


 

The Reading Guild meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. The group's members pick a theme like Shakespeare or travel every other month; the other months are open discussions of your favorite book or current reading. Everyone brings a dish to share! Call the Cooper Branch (804-224-0921) or check our program listing for this month's topic.