BOOK CLUBS

Second Monday Book Club Discussion

When: April 10 @ 7pm
Where: Romulus Public Library Meeting Room

We will be discussing The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd, swept up by the tides of the Great Migration, flees Georgia and heads north. Full of hope, she settles in Philadelphia to build a better life. Instead she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment, and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins are lost to an illness that a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit, mettle, and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them to meet a world that will not be kind. Their lives, captured here in twelve luminous threads, tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage—and a nation’s tumultuous journey.

Pick up a copy at the library and join us! Ages 18 + are welcome.

2017 Books

January 9: The Kept by James Scott
February 13: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
March 13: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassan
April 10: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
May 8: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
June 12: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
July 10: Wild by Cheryl Streyed
August 14: In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
September 11: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
October 9: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
November 13: The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis
December 11: City of Thieves by David Benioff

(Subject to change based on availability of books)

 

Senior Book Club Discussion

When: April 18 at 10:30am
Where: Romulus Senior Center – 36525 Bibbins Street

We will be discussing The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

The Dovekeepers is about…

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

The People of the Book is about…

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called “a tour de force”by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain. When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-only begin to unlock its deep mysteries and unexpectedly plunges Hanna into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.

2017 Books

January 17: Tell No One by Harlan Coben, and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
February 21: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini, and The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
March 21: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, Ruby by Cynthia Bond
April 18: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
May 16: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
June 20: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck
July 18: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin, and The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini
August 15: Giliead by Marilynne Robinson, and State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
September 19: The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
October 17: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
November 21: Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow, and Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
December 19: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

(Subject to change based on availability of books)