READERS ROUNDTABLE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP 

FICTION

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2:00 p.m.

Reference Room

Copies will be available at the Circulation Desk on Level B.  New members are always welcome - no registration is required.

At our upcoming meeting we will be discussing The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier.

About the book:

Tracy Chevalier transports us back to 16th-century France during the development of the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent persecution of the Huguenotsfollowers of John Calvin’s preaching of the “Truth.” Isabelle du Moulin—called “La Rousse” for her copper-colored hair—is tormented and shunned by her hardworking, God-fearing Huguenot community, suspicious of her lingering adoration for the Virgin Mary, her skills at midwifery, her mysterious association with wild wolves, and her fiery red hair. Pregnant with an illegitimate child, Isabelle marries above her station—into the severe Tournier family, outwardly stoic followers of the Truth who covertly adhere to older, pagan superstitions.

More than four centuries later, Ella Turner, an American, and her husband Rick move to a small town in France. While in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family. Village life turns out to be less than idyllic when dreams of a disturbing color blue get between her and her plans. Her nightmares of the color blue, and her father’s suggestion, lead Ella investigate her French Huguenot ancestry, trace their flight into Switzerland following the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, and unearth the sinister secret the family has buried for four hundred years. However, this task is not an easy one. Ella, knowing little more than her family’s original surname, Tournier, begins her research at a local library, finding only a negligible amount of information on her ancestry. During her quest, she befriends Jean Paul—a dark, handsome, Byronic librarian, whose magnetism becomes increasingly difficult to resist—and discovers too many parallels with the past to dismiss as coincidence. The one afternoon, Ella discovers her brown hair inexplicably begun to turn red…

Alternating between the stories of Ella and Isabelle, The Virgin Blue is a haunting tale of ancestral legacies set against a dazzlingly descriptive portrait of French provincial life today, as well as of the hardships—and harsh beauty—of life in the sixteenth century.

LIBRARIANS' CHOICE BOOK CLUB

NON-FICTION

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Adult Services Office

Copies will be available at the Circulation Desk on Level B.  New members are always welcome - no registration is required.

At our upcoming meeting we will be discussing Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.

About the book:

September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history--and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devastating personal tragedy.

Using Cline's own telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature.

NOT-SO-YOUNG-ADULT BOOK CLUB

YA FOR ADULTS

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

7:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Adult Services Office

YA books are not just for the young! Come and join a lively discussion on our current book selection, Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. 

Books are available for check out at the main desk, or can be directly requested on the BCCLS catalog.

About the book:

When her friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

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