2018 Book Group

Last Monday of the Month 6:00PM

The Raymond Village Library Book group has a wonderful selection for 2018.  The book group will allow you to read something you might not normally select. Read, unwind and have a discussion with friends new and old.

March 2018

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Lisa See

This is the story of a Li-yan, a Chinese mother who is a tea farmer and that of her out-of-wedlock daughter who is adopted by an American couple. Haley, the daughter, grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl who comes to wonder about her origins. Meanwhile, Li-yan has longed for her lost daughter for ears. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

April 2018

A Piece of the World

Christina Baker Lee

”Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.” To Christina Olson, her entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. She becomes the inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of one of his best known paintings. The story interweaves fact and fiction and brings into focus the woman behind the portrait and her special bond with one of our greatest artists.

May 2018

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Jennifer Chiaverini

This is a fictional account of the real friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who outfitted the Capitol’s elite. Lizzie Keckley becomes part of the Lincoln family’s daily life, supporting Mary Todd Lincoln through the loss of her son and then the assassination of her husband – the President. Lizzie Keckley saved scraps from the many gowns she made for Mrs. Lincoln, piecing together a tribute known as the Mary Todd Lincoln Quilt. She also saves her memories in a book, Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. In this impeccably researched , novel, Lizzie Keckley’s story comes to life.

June 2018

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Katarina Bivald

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who has traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal Amy of Broken Wheel. When Sara arrives she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. The townspeople are kind enough to look after Sara even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory and to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel to show them that reading is one of the great  joys of life.

July 2018

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

Ove is a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” One November morning a young chatty family move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, which leads-in to a comical and gentle tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing u a U-Haul. Life is sweeter when it’s shared.

August 2018

Born A Crime: Stories From A south African Childhood

Trevor Noah

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood Trevor Noah August Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. To keep the secret, Trevor was kept mostly indoors under often absurd measures to hide him from a government that could steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of apartheid, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure. Trevor tells his story with wit and honesty and how he survived a damaged world in a dangerous time armed only with his sense of humor and his mother’s unconditional love.

September 2018

My Name Is Lucy Barton

Elizabeth Strout

Lucy, an aspiring writer, ends up spending nine weeks in the hospital when she develops complications from a routine operation. During this time, she is visited by the mother she hasn’t seen for many years and this short visit is where the story blossoms. The thorny and intricate relationship between mother and daughter is at the heart of the novel. It is a story of beginnings, the way people are shaped by their backgrounds, how much is often left unsaid in families and about the richness of connections that form between people over time.

October 2018

Flight Behavior

Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behavior is set in present day Appalachia ; a parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how life leads us to believe in our own chosen truths. A young wife and mother, Dellarobia, on a failing farm in rural Tennessee experiences something she cannot explain. Her discovery – the arrival of the butterflies – energizes various competing factions – religious leaders, media, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians, trapping her in the center of the conflict. As the media exploit the event, Dellarobia notices that “nobody was asking why the butterflies were here; the big news was just that the were.” And she begins to wonder.

November 2018

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven

Fannie Flag

A gem of Southern story-telling with side-splitting hilarity. Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the unlikely experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here? Life is the strangest thing and always an adventure.