Book Club Selections

The Messenger Public Library has two monthly book clubs - the Messenger Library Book Discussion Group, which meets on a Thursday evening, and the Morning Coffee Break with a Book, which meets on a Tuesday morning.  Below are the selections for the group's next meeting.  Come and join us!

Messenger Evening Book Discussion Group

Thursday, February 2nd -- The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

This month's selection is "The Marriage of Opposites" by Alice Hoffman. Copies will be available at January's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk. "A forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro, the Father of Impressionism"-- Provided by publisher.

Thursday, March 2nd -- H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

This month's selection is "H is for Hawk" by Helen MacDonald. Copies will be available at February's meeting as well as at the Check Out Desk.
"When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of MacDonald's humanity and changed her life." Provided by publisher.

Morning Coffee Break & a Book

Tuesday, February 28th -- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid

This month's selection is The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid. Pick up your copy at the Check Out Desk!

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . .

Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.

But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.  --From the Publisher.

Tuesday, March 28th -- A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

This month's selection is A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. Get your copy at the Check Out Desk! Published posthumously, the late great Binchy’s last novel is an appropriately heartwarming and spirit-restoring swan song. In classic Binchy style, the gentle story is populated with a large cast of often eccentric, always endearing, characters who effortlessly weave their way in and out of a deceptively simple narrative. Stone House, a country inn on the West Coast of Ireland, is owned and operated by Chicky Starr, a Stoneybridge native lately returned after living a largely lonely life in the U.S., and it serves as the cozy setting for these interrelated tales of love, loss, friendship, and community.

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