BOOK CLUBS

Second Monday Book Club Discussion

When: June 12 @ 7pm
Where: Romulus Public Library Meeting Room

We will be discussing The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.

Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of the highly anticipated Glory Over Everything, established herself as a remarkable new talent with The Kitchen House, now a contemporary classic. In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War.

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.

In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves.

Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.

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: June 20 at 10:30am
Where: Romulus Senior Center – 36525 Bibbins Street

We will be discussing The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

The Poisonwood Bible is about…

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds to Scripture—is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

East of Eden is about…

A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authors.

In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.

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)