THURSDAY AFTERNOON READ

Thursday Afternoon Read is a monthly Caldwell Public Library book club. Join us the 2nd Thursday of each month for a lively discussion that month's book. Ages 18+ 

 

Book selections for 2019 can be found below. 

Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi
(2003)

December 12, 2019

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. 

Life is so Good
by George Dawson
(2000)

February 13, 2020

One man's extraordinary journey through the twentieth century and how he learned to read at age 98 "Things will be all right. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn't anything I would change about my life."--George Dawson  

How the Garcia Girls
Lost Their Accent
by Julia Alvarez (1991)

July 9th, 2020

In the 1960s, political tension forces the García family away from Santo Domingo and towards the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls--frequently embarrassed by their parents--find ways to rebel against them.

Educated
by Tara Westover
(2018)

September 10, 2020

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
(1984)

December 10, 2020

Set in the fictional town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, at the beginning of the twentieth century, Burns's novel centers on the charming fourteen-year-old Will Tweedy. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee decides to marry the young Miss Love Simpson a mere three weeks after his wife -- Will's grandmother -- has died, he inspires a whirlwind of local gossip. Young Will suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a family scandal, which he gracefully humors and endures; meanwhile, he has his own growing to do and mischief to find.

Idaho
by Emily Ruskovich
(2017)

March 12, 2020

A stunning debut novel about love and forgiveness, about the violence of memory and the equal violence of its loss. Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband's memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. 

Wicked
by Gregory Maguire
(1995)

April 9, 2020

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

The Blackberry Tea Club
by Barbara Herrick
(2004)

June 11, 2020

Midlife crisis is not a crisis it is a passage into joy. This was the essential truth discovered by the four women of a certain age, founding members of the Blackberry Tea Club, which began as late night conversations while sipping blackberry tea with a little kick added. Those conversations about children, men, jobs, weight, clothes, food, travel, gossip, politics, medicine, healing, spirituality, adventure, and books grew slowly, beautifully into The Blackberry Tea Club and the discovery of the Glory Years.

A Spark of Light
by Jodi Picoult
(2018)

October 8, 2020

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

The Alchemist
by Paolo Coelho
(1988)

January 9, 2020

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
(2006)

May 14, 2020

In the center of Paris, Renee is the building's concierge. She is short, ugly and cantankerous, but also a lover and student of art, philosophy, music and Japanese culture. Paloma is a super smart 12 year old and the daughter of a tenant who has decided that she will end her life on her 13th birthday. Then a new tenant arrives and things change.

The Big Burn
by Timothy Egan
(2009)

August 13, 2020

In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with the Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

The Red Address Book
by Sofia Lundberg
(2019)

November 12, 2020

The global fiction sensation—publishing in 32 countries around the world—that follows 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come...

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