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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption by Laura H

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.

December 18: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
 In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. 

Upcoming Selections:

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

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

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

Current Selection:

December 8Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son. Shandi doesn't know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It's been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn't define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem-- or what we hope they will be. 

Upcoming Selections:

January 12: Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark
February 9:  The Children Act by Ian McEwan
March 9:  May We Be Forgiven by A.M. Homes
April 13:  The Lace Reader  by Brunonia Barry
May 11:  The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell 
June 8:  Last Night at the Blue Angel: A Novel by Rebecca Rotert
July 13:  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage  by Haruki Murakami
August 10:  American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America by David O. Stewart 
September 14:  The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
October 12: 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
November 9: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
December 14:  Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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.

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November 17: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

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December 15: no meeting

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

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

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December 4: The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence-unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher. Here is Pat Conroy's extraordinary drama based on his own experience-the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.

Upcoming Selections:

January 8: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
February 5: High Price by Carl L. Hart
March 5: Heart Mender by Andy Andrews
April 2: Maus by Art Spiegelman
May 7: Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
June 4: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
July 2: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 
August 6: George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
September 3: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
October 1: Blind Justice by Anne Perry
November 5: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
December 3: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Cooked by Michael Pollan

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

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November 25: Cooked by Michael Pollan
In Cooked, Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements--fire, water, air, and earth--to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook.

Upcoming Seletion:

December 23: The Uncommon Reader by Abby Adams
January 27: The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
February 24:  George Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade
March 24:  I Robot by Isaac Asimov
April 28:  Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
May 26:  The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
June 23:  The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
July 28:  Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Fennelly
August 25:  TBD
September 22:  Compass Rose by John Casey
October 27:  Ahab's Wife, Or, The Star-gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
November 24:  Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
December 22:  A Christmas Memory & The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote

Saving CeeCee Honeycut by Beth Hoffman

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm

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November 25: Saving CeeCee Honeycut by Beth Hoffman
"Steel Magnolias" meets "The Help" in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom. Laugh-out-loud funny, Hoffman's charming work offers the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others. For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world of female friendship, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.

Upcoming Selections:

December 23: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 
January 27, 2015: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
February 24: Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin 
March 24: Feed by M. T. Anderson
April 28: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
May 26: The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty
June 23: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet by Jamie Ford
July 28: Testimony by Anita Shreve
August 25:  David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell 

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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.

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November 18: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs confront their pasts in this powerful story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem.

Upcoming Selections:

December 16: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
January 20: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
February 17: Room by Emma Donahue
March 17: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
April 21: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
May 19: The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult
June 16: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
July 21: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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

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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.