The Voting Poll is closed and the results are in!
These are the next books we will be reading. I'll assign a month to them soon.
Number One Pick
BACK COVER: A Mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz--and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.
Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl--a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.
In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover--the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul--who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting's subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.
A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire. As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.
BACK COVER:The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it...
Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.
Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.
BACK COVER:“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . . As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
Our FIRST Book Club Meeting Starts August 21st We are reading Brentwood's Ward!
How can I participate in this club? Is it on-line or in person?
This is an on-line book club I'm super excited about this group. I will create a discussion page similar to this one. I'll post some questions to get the discussion going like I do for the monthly drawings. I will start the New Discussion group on August 21st. Everyone will have time to join the discussion from that day until the end of the month (like I do with the drawings) But in this case there will be back and forth discussions. I look forward to it. If you have any other questions please email me at email@example.com
Here is the Line up for when we read these books. I'm So Excited to share with you that The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society was made into a movie and has just arrived on Netflix. I saw the movie last night and was thrilled they kept close to the book. I really enjoyed the movie.
That being said The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society will be our SEPTEMBER Book to discuss starting Sept. 21st. So, we will also be discussing the movie (for those who watch it) and how it differs from the book.
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cameron will be for October's read. Sticking to the theme of WWII.
The Book Shop at Water's Edge by Patti Callahan Henry will be our November's book club pick.
If you have any questions please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
I've requested the ebook of The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society from the library. I'm on the waiting list.