Let's Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00pm. 

January 27, 2020 -- read and discss

The Truth According to Us  by Annie Barrows

 In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of  Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty.  

 

February 24, 2020 – read and discuss:

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. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu 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. Finally tempted to read the letter, Perdu hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story.  

 

March 23, 2020 – read and discuss:

American Fire:  Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County--once the richest rural county in the nation--waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding one another with compassion at first, and, later, suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural coast. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. Local police were stretched thin.  Over two years of  investigation, Monica Hesse uncovered the motives of troubled mechanic Charlie Smith and his struggling accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick. In depicting dangerous shifts in their fraught relationship, Hesse introduces the once-thriving coastal community, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly afraid.  Nonfiction

 

April 27, 2020 – read and discuss:

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

A powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, This novel paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region of China and the Akha people living there and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.  

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June 22, 2020 – read and discuss:

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation's recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown.  

 

July, 22, 2020 – read and discuss:

The Necklace:  Thirteen Women and the Eperiment That transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis

The story of Jonell, her friends, and a $37,000 necklace they bought together and nicknamed 'Jewelia' after the late, great Julia Child. What started as a simple agreement to share a beautiful piece of jewelry quickly grew into so much more: a study in friendship and the power of sharing something with a group, the promise of adventure and the meaning of leaving a legacy for your family and community, an exploration of our consumer culture, and our desire for  material things.   Nonfiction

 

August 24, 2020– read and discuss:

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly hewn, but kin,d sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. 

 

September 28, 2020 – read and discuss:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, Slovakian Jews who survived   Auschwitz. Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners and used the job's freedom of        movement to trade items taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive.  

 

October 26, 2020 – read and discuss:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

 When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.   Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 

November 23, 2020 – read and discuss:

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

 Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancee, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects-the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behind, and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost..

December 28, 2020 – read and discuss:

Twelve Dogs of Christmas  by David Rosenfelt

 Martha “Pups” Boyer takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can’t handle, raises them until they’re old enough to adopt, and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone    admires the work Pups does,. With Christmas just around the corner, one of Pups’s neighbors has just       reported Pups to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws.

Lawyer Andy Carpenter happily takes Pups’s case, and he feels confident in a positive outcome. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmastime? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the    complaint against Pups, turns up dead.  Whodunnit?