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Hart Book Club

The Hart Book Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk for a week, one month before the discussion date. Ask for the
'Hart Book Group' selection at the Circulation Desk. Hope to see you there!

Book choices for 2017:

Tues., Jan. 3 - 7pm, Wed., Jan. 4 - 1 pm
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books, has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children's section with a note from her mother saying she can no longer raise her. It doesn't take long for the locals and especially the lovely yet eccentric sales rep, Amelia Loman, to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner.

Tues., Feb. 7 - 7pm, Wed., Feb. 1 - 1 pm
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
This is the remarkable story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers, these boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936. This vastly popular book is witty and entertaining storytelling at its best!

Tues., Mar. 7 - 7pm, Wed., Mar. 1 - 1 pm
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life, and mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened, until now.

Tues., April 4 - 7pm, Wed., April 5 - 1 pm
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
FRANCE, 1939. In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France but they do. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Tues., May 2 - 7pm, Wed., May 3 - 1 pm
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, Lydia's brother Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is involved, but it's Hannah, the youngest of the family, who observes far more than anyone realizes. A profoundly moving story, a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait.

Tues., June. 6 - 7pm, Wed., June 7 - 1 pm
The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
Helen Simonson (Major Pettigrew's Last Stand,) returns with a splendid historical novel full of wit, romance and insight into the manners and morals of small-town British life. Agatha Kent is expecting an unusual candidate to be the school's Latin teacher: Beatrice Nash, a young woman of good breeding in search of a position after the death of her father. Agatha's nephews, meanwhile, have come to spend the summer months, as always, both with dreams of their own. It's the summer of 1914 and life in the sleepy village of Rye, England is about to take an interesting turn.

Note: because of the holiday, this month's evening meeting will be held Wednesday instead of Tuesday
Wed., July 5 - 1 pm, Wed., July 5 - 7 pm
Washington Square by Henry James
In the Washington Square area of New York City in the late nineteenth century, Dr. Austin Sloper raises his daughter Catharine with privilege and comfort but without love or regard. Dr. Sloper blames her for the death of her beautiful and talented mother at childbirth, which leaves Catharine shy and fragile. So when handsome Morris Townsend charms her, she falls deeply in love. Does he only care about her fortune, as her father is convinced?

Tues., Aug. 1 - 7pm, Wed., Aug 2 - 1 pm
North River by by Pete Hamill
One snowy New Year's Day in the midst of the Great Depression, Dr. James Delaney -- haunted by the slaughters of the Great War, and abandoned by his wife and daughter -- returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past. Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt.

Tues., Sept. 5 - 7pm, Wed., Sept. 6 - 1 pm
Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland
In 1937 young Lisette Roux and her husband Andre, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for Pascal, Andre's grandfather. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But Pascal once worked in the ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames. Pascal begins to tutor Lisette in both art and life.

Tues., Oct. 3 - 7pm, Wed., Oct. 4 - 1 pm
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. Riveting, suspenseful and arguably the most accessible novel to date from Erdrich, The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction.

Tues., Nov. 7 - 7pm, Wed., Nov. 1 - 1 pm
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
Growing up on St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. But to save her father's business, she is married off to a widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, younger nephew Frédéric arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story and sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, Camille Pissarro.

Wednesday Book Club for Men

Formed as an alternative to the larger Hart Book Club, the Book Club for Men moves the emphasis away from full length novels. It usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm and welcomes new members of any gender.

December 21
We will be discussing 3 short stories from THE OXFORD BOOK OF AMERICAN DETECTIVE STORIES Cornell Woolrich's, "Rear Window," William Faulkner's "An Error in Chemistry," and "Christmas is for Cops," by Edward D. Hoch. MOVIE: The movie "Rear Window" based on Cornell Woolich's story will be shown in the community room on Friday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly.

January 18
The Billion Dollar Spy: a true story of Cold War Espionage and betrayal by David E. Hoffman - The riveting story of the spy who cracked open the Soviet military research establishment and a penetrating portrait of the CIA's Moscow station, an outpost of daring espionage in the last years of the Cold War. Copies of the book will be available for pick up at the circulation desk between 12/21/16 and 12/28/16.

February 15
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain - Regarded as one of the most important crime novels of the 20th Century, this fast paced novel's startling mix of sexuality and violence caused it to be banned in Boston when first published. Copies of the book will be available for pick up at the circulation desk between 1/18/17 and 1/25/17.

March 15
I'll Mature When I'm Dead by Dave Barry - Not everyone has to be dragged kicking and screaming through adulthood. Let Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and nationally unrecognized voice of maturity Dave Barry make the journey a little easier-and a lot funnier-with his hilarious takes on parenting, changing self-image, the battle of the sexes, technology, health care, celebrityhood-and even vampires! Copies of the book will be available for pick up at the circulation desk between 2/15/17 and 2/22/17.

April 19
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth - What would the United States be like if Franklin Delano Roosevelt was defeated in the presidential election of 1940 by Charles Lindbergh? This novel follows the fortunes of the Roth family during the Lindbergh presidency as antisemitism becomes more accepted in American life and Jewish-American families like the Roths are persecuted on various levels. Copies of the book will be available for at the circulation desk between 3/15/17 and 3/22/17.

May 17
Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candace Millard - This New York Times bestseller traces James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and details the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. Copies of the book will be available for pick at the circulation desk between 4/19/17 and 4/26/17.

Check out our previous reading lists:

Book List from 2016

Book List from 2015

Book List from 2014

Book List from 2013

Book List from 2012

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