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 2020 can be found below. 

March 12, 2020

Idaho
by Emily Ruskovich
(2017)

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. 

June 11, 2020

The Blackberry Tea Club
by Barbara Herrick
(2004)

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.

September 10, 2020

Educated
by Tara Westover
(2018)

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.

December 10, 2020

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
(1984)

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.

April 9, 2020

Wicked
by Gregory Maguire
(1995)

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?

July 9th, 2020

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

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.

October 8, 2020

A Spark of Light
by Jodi Picoult
(2018)

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.

May 14, 2020

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
(2006)

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.

August 13, 2020

The Big Burn
by Timothy Egan
(2009)

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.

November 12, 2020

The Red Address Book
by Sofia Lundberg
(2019)

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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