Book Groups

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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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.

September 18: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinster events. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 16: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
November 20: The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Current Selection:

September 8The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker-a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry's brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father's money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. As Alma's research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes incomparable paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction-into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist-but what unites this unlikely couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life.

Upcoming Selections:

October 13: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
November 10: The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P. S. Duffy
December 8: Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser

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:

September 15: Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser 
Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store.  In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied  by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a  sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 20: Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor 
November 17: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote 
December 15: no meeting

September 4: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

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

Current Selection:

September 4: Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Seven-year-old Rachel is forcibly removed from her family's 1890s Honolulu home when she contracts leprosy and is placed in a settlement, where she loses a series of new friends before new medical discoveries enable her to reenter the world.

Upcoming Selections:

October 2: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
November 6: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
December 4: The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasso

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

Current Selection:

September 23The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 28: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
November 25: Cooked by Michael Pollan

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm

Current Selection:

September 23: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom 
Boom recounts her horrific experiences in Hitler's concentration camps, explains how she survived, and offers hope through her timeless message of courage and faith. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 28: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
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

Still Life by Louise Penny

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:

September 16: Still Life by Louise Penny
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter. 

Upcoming Selections:

October 21: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
November 18: A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
December 16: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

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

Current Selection:

September 12: Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

Upcoming Selections:

October 10: Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
November 14: Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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.