Reading Group Selections
by Margaret Maron
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
Secret Lives of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
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
in the Rainbow
by Fannie Flagg
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.
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.
with the Horsemen
by Ferrol 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.
Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
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.
Mothers - The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts
Brothers - The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph Ellis
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.
The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi
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.
4 , 2007
Shalt Not Grill
by Tamar Myers
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?
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!
2 , 2007
by Paul Coelho
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.
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.
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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Little Girls in Blue
by Mary Higgins Clark
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 debutWhere Are the Children?this
suspense thriller is certain to send terror into the heart
of any parent. (Apr.)
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by Cornelia Funke
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 books 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 Meggies mother in.
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
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