Tuesday, November 03, 2015

BPL Book Club selections for November.

Below are the selections for the November meetings of the Brown Bag Book Club and the Scene of the Crime Mystery Book Club, both of which meet on Tuesday, November 17th.

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet at 12 noon at the Central Library to discuss Second Honeymoon, by Joanna Trollope:

Joanna Trollope's most heartfelt and enthralling novel in years, Second Honeymoon explores what happens when the empty nest is suddenly full again.

Ben Boyd is leaving home. At twenty-two, he's the youngest of the family and the last to leave. His mother Edie, an actress, is distraught. His father Russell, a theatrical agent, is hoping to get his wife back after decades of family life. Ben's brother, Matthew, is wrestling with a relationship in which he earns less than his successful girlfriend. Their sister Rosa is wrestling with debt, and the end of a turbulent love affair. Living on your own, it seems, may not be as glamorous as it's cracked up to be. Rosa is the first of the Boyd children to think she may have to move back in with her parents--just until she can make ends meet again.

This is the empty nest, twenty-first-century style--with grown children coming and going just as parents are getting ready for their second honeymoon. With characteristic grace and humor, Trollope weaves multiple stories of two generations struggling with love, careers, and parenthood into a riveting family drama.
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The Scene of the Crime Book Club will meet at 7:00 p.m., in the Children’s room at Buena Vista to solve Past Crimes, by Glen Hamilton 

When his estranged grandfather is shot and left for dead, an Army Ranger plunges into the criminal underworld of his youth to find a murderer...and uncovers a shocking family secret.

From the time he was six years old, Van Shaw was raised by his Irish immigrant grandfather Donovan to be a thief—to boost cars, beat security alarms, crack safes, and burglarize businesses. But at eighteen, Dono's namesake and protege suddenly broke all ties to that life and the people in it. Van escaped into the military, serving as an elite Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, after 10 years of silence, Dono has asked his grandson to come home to Seattle, if he can.

Taking some well-earned leave, Van heads to the Pacific Northwest, curious and a little unnerved by his grandfather's request. But when he arrives at Dono's house in the early hours of the morning, Van discovers the old thief bleeding out on the floor from a gunshot to the head. The last time the two men had seen each other Dono had also been lying on the floor—with Van pointing a gun at his heart. With a lifetime of tough history between him and the old man, the battle-tested Ranger knows the cops will link him to the crime.

To clear his name and avenge his grandfather, Van must track down the shooter. Odds are strong that Dono knew the person. Was it a greedy accomplice? A disgruntled rival? Diving back into the illicit world he'd sworn to leave behind, Van reconnects with the ruthless felons who knew Dono best. Armed with his military and criminal skills, he follows a dangerous trail of clues that leads him deeper into Dono's life—and closer to uncovering what drove his grandfather to reach out after years of silence

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The Genre-X Book Club (not your mother's book club) will meet on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m., at the Central Library, to discuss Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. The book is selected letters from the popular advice column "Dear Sugar," from the online literary website, The Rumpus.

Genre-X is a book club where Millennials and Gen-Xers hang out, drink coffee, and read short, interesting books.

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