Second Monday Book Club Discussion
When: February 13 @ 7pm
Where: Romulus Public Library Meeting Room
We will be discussing Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula’s world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization — if only she has the chance?
Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best.
Pick up a copy at the library and join us! Ages 18 + are welcome.
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: February 21 at 10:30am
Where: Romulus Senior Center – 36525 Bibbins Street
We will be discussing The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry, and Mrs. Grant and Madame Jules by Jennifer Chiaverini.
The Lincoln Myth is about…
September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?
The present: In a matter of a few short hours, Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase. All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington, and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence. It’s just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind, ever since he retired from the Justice Department. But once he draws enemy blood, Malone is plunged into a deadly conflict—a constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by America’s Founding Fathers.
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is about…
In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world.
And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.
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 Lamonts Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
June 20: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and East of Eaden by John Steinbeck
July 18: The Aviators 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 Arcchitect 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)