2016-2017 BOOK CLUB READING LIST

The Library is collaborating with the Salisbury Congregational Church on a six-part program called Peace Through Understanding.  The Book Club selection relates to this program each month the program is held.

September 10th – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Understanding Our Muslim Friends

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi  |  160 p. (graphic novel)

Satrapi tells of her life in Iran from the age of 10, when the Islamic revolution of 1979 reintroduced a religious state, through the age of 14 when the Iran-Iraq war forced her parents to send her to Europe for safety. This story, told in graphic format with simple, but expressive, black-and-white illustrations, combines the normal rebelliousness of an intelligent adolescent with the horrors of war and totalitarianism.

October 15 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Did You Ever Have a Family
by Bill Clegg |  304 p.

On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s life is upended when a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancé, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend, Luke—her entire family, all gone in a moment. June is the only survivor.  Alone and directionless, June drives across the country, away from her small Connecticut town. In her wake, a community emerges, weaving a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

 

November 19 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Understanding Our Black Friends

Loving Day
by Mat Johnson  |  304 p.

This novel is about belonging, responsibility, identity, and racism: intended and default, personal and institutional, rabid and casual. The fast-paced plot alternates between elements of tragedy and farce; Johnson has an eagle eye for the absurdities of race in this country. 

December 10 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Miller’s Valley 
by Anna Quindlen|  272 p.

For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love.

January 14 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee  |  288 p.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.

February 11 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Understanding Our Jewish Friends

The Outside World
by Tora Mirvis  |  304 p.

Tzippy Goldman, 22, has sat through too many first dates in Brooklyn hotel lobbies. Hungry for life experience, she wants to go to Israel. At the same time, Bryan Miller is searching for more meaning than his Orthodox Jewish lifestyle and family provide. They find that though they love one another deeply, they must constantly seek a balance between tradition, faith, and the outside world.

March 11 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Turner House
by Angela Flournoy | 352 p.

For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street. Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone—and some return; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house’s fate and to reckon with how their past haunts—and shapes—their future. 

April 8 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

There’s Something I Want to Tell You
by Charles Baxter  |  240 p.

Five stories named for virtues and five for vices make up this collection from a master craftsman.. Baxter’s characters muddle through small but pivotal moments, not so much confrontations as crossroads between love and destruction, desire and death….The prose resonates with distinctive turns of phrase that capture human ambiguity and uncertainty: trouble waits patiently at home, irony is the new chastity, and a dying man lives in the house that pain designed for him.

May 13 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Understanding our LGBT Friends

Fun Home
by Alison Bechdel |  232 p.  

A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.  This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings.

June 10 – 3:00 – Tower Room, Main Floor

Infinite Home 
by Kathleen Alcott |  336 p.

                       Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways—in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart—the renters struggle to navigate daily existence, and soon come to realize that Edith’s deteriorating mind, and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, is the greatest challenge they must confront together.