Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Book Clubs in June

The Genre-X Book Club (not your mother's book club) will discuss The Outsiders, a YA classic by S. E. Hinton, at its June meeting, on Thursday, June 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library.

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

The Brown Bag Book Club next meets on Tuesday, June 21, at the Central Library at 12:00 noon. The club will read and discuss The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender.

On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: She can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother--her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother--tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose.

The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden--her mother's life outside the home, her father's detachment, her brother's clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.
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Bring your lunch and join the discussion!

Later that same day, the Scene of the Crime Mystery Book Club will congregate to discuss After I'm Gone, by Laura Lippman

When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative--if not all legal--businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes.

Though Bambi has no idea where her husband--or his money--might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears 10 years to the day after Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her old lover--until her remains are discovered in a secluded park.

Now, twenty-six years later, Roberto "Sandy" Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web of bitterness, jealousy, resentment, greed, and longing stretching over five decades. And at its center is the man who, though long gone, has never been forgotten by the five women who loved him: the enigmatic Felix Brewer.

Felix Brewer left five women behind. Now there are four. Does at least one of them know the truth?
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The club meets at the Buena Vista Branch at 7:00 p.m. Please come!

Some of you who have signed up online for the Summer Reading Club for Grownups might consider reading one of these titles and appearing in person at one of our book club meetings this summer! And if you haven't signed up, you can register here!

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