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Wednesday Readers

Meeting information for the Wednesday Readers Book Group.

Our next meeting will be on
Monday, November 12th at 6:00 & 7:00 p.m.
in the Community Room

Summer Before the War A Star for Mrs. Blake

Copies of The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson and A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith will be available at the Circulation Desk prior to the meeting date.  For more information about this group, contact Jill Hansen-Aune at the Reference Desk, 231-928-0256. There will be no meeting in October. Group members can meet for an OPTIONAL discussion of The Summer Before the War at 6:00, and A Star for Mrs. Blake will be discussed at the regular 7:00 p.m. meeting.

About The Summer Before the War
East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master.

When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more freethinking—and attractive—than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father, who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing.

But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape and the colorful characters who populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

About A Star for Mrs. Blake
Cora Blake never dreamed she’d go to Paris. She’s hardly ever left the small fishing village where she grew up. Yet in the summer of 1931, she is invited to travel to France with hundreds of other Gold Star Mothers, courtesy of the U.S. government, to say goodbye to their fallen sons, American casualties of World War I who were buried overseas. 

Chaperoned by a dashing West Point officer, Cora’s group includes the wife of an immigrant chicken farmer; a housemaid; a socialite; a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and dozens of other women from all over the country. Along the way, the women will forge lifelong friendships as they face a death, a scandal, and a secret revealed.

Past Book Group Selections
September 2018 - Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories
August 2018 - The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
July 2018 - The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
June 2018 - Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
May 2018 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
April 2018 - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
March 2018 - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
February 2018 - X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
January 2018 - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
December 2017 - Gingerbread Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
November 2017 - 11/22/63 by Stephen King
September 2017 - The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
August 2017 - Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
July 2017 - Wonder by R.J. Palacio
June 2017 - The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
May 2017 - All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
April 2017 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
March 2017 - Betrayal by John Lescroart
February 2017 - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
December 2016 - A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
November 2016 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
October 2016 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
September 2016 - A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton
August 2016 - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
July 2016 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
June 2016 - A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd
May 2016 - The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
April 2016 - Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
March 2016 - The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
February 2016 - The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
January 2016 - A Study in Scarlet; The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle