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2007 Reading Group Selections

2007 Reading Group Selections

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January 2, 2007

Bootlegger's Daughter by Margaret Maron

Bootlegger's Daughter
by Margaret Maron

In her first novel of the Past Imperfect series, Maron introduces us to Deborah Knott, an attorney and younger child of a North Carolina bootlegger. When asked by a local teen to investigate the unsolved murder of her mother Janie, Deborah plunges right into the case. But she will have to delve into the dark, seamy side of Janie's past before she can uncover the truth about her murder.

February 6, 2007

The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Lives of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd

Kidd's coming of age novel is set against the backdrop of the turbulent south of the 1960s. The story focuses around 14 year-old Lily Owen, isolated on the family's peach farm and neglected by her father.


March 6, 2007

Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg

Standing in the Rainbow
by Fannie Flagg

Talented storyteller Fannie Flagg has penned a funny, feel-good tale about life in the small town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri during the glorious decade after World War II.

April 3, 2007

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

In recognition of National Poetry month, the group will be reading the selected poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Dunbar was born the son of former slaves, but his wonderful poetry gained him world wide recognition.

May 1, 2007

Run With The Horsemen by Ferrol Sams

Run with the Horsemen
by Ferrol Sams

Sams’ story follows the life of a sensitive young boy growing up in rural Georgia during the Great Depression. Woven through with eccentric characters, comic situations, and southern charm, Run with the Horsemen is on the list of “must reads” for Georgians.

June 5, 2007

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving

When dwarfish Owen Meany took a swing and hit a foul ball one faithful summer day, little did he know how much that swing would change his life and that of his best friend.

July 10, 2007*

Founding Mothers - The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Founding Mothers - The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

Founding Brothers - The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis

Founding Brothers - The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph Ellis

Instead of one book, the group will have the choice of reading two books - Founding Mothers - the Women who Raised our Nation by Cokie Roberts, and Founding Brothers - the Revolutionary Generation by Joseph Ellis. Both books deal with men and women of the American Revolution. Our reading reflects our country's 231st birthday.

* The Smyrna Reading Group will meet the second Tuesday in July due to the Independence Day holiday.


August 7, 2007

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi's autobiography is the story of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi, a descendant of the last Emperor of Iran, was nine when fundamentalist rebels overthrew the government of the Shah. The fact that the story is told in comic strip form in no way minimizes the madness and danger that became a part of her life.

September 4 , 2007

Thou Shalt Not Grill by Tamar Myers

Thou Shalt Not Grill
by Tamar Myers

You won't want to miss this sizzling mystery as innkeeper Magdalena Yoder uses her cooking and detection skill to solve the murder of one of her guests. Will Magdalena be able to smoke out the killer before Hernia, Pennsylvania's bicentennial celebration is completely ruined?

You'll also not want to miss this meeting as The Reading Group will prepare and share the wonderful recipes included in Ms Myers' book. So fire up your grill and join us in the downstairs meeting room at 7:30 the day after Labor Day!

October 2 , 2007

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

The Alchemist
by Paul Coelho

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids.

Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within.

Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

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November 6 , 2007

Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark

Two Little Girls in Blue
by Mary Higgins Clark

Bestseller Clark is at her best when writing of crime against children, as shown in this chilling tale of kidnapping, murder and telepathy. Before leaving for a black-tie affair in New York City, Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birthday of their twin girls, Kathy and Kelly, with a party at their new home in Ridgefield, Conn. Later that night, when Margaret can't reach the babysitter, she contacts the Ridgefield police. The frantic couple return home to find the children missing and a ransom note demanding $8 million. Though the Frawleys meet all the conditions, only Kelly turns up in a car along with a dead driver and a suicide note saying that Kathy has died. But Kelly's telepathic messages from her sister keep telling her differently, and Margaret won't give up hope. Even the most skeptical law enforcement officers and the FBI, who pursue suspects from New York to Cape Cod, begin to believe Kelly is on to something. Clues from ordinary people lead to a riveting conclusion. Rivaling Clark's debut—Where Are the Children?—this suspense thriller is certain to send terror into the heart of any parent. (Apr.)

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December 4 , 2007

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

by Cornelia Funke

Meggie’s father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life--literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the book’s wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse--when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother in.

Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father's bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would "feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart," has searched for Meggie's father for years, wanting to twist Mo's powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait!

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