Second Monday Book Club Discussion

When: January 14 @ 7 pm
Where: Romulus Public Library Meeting Room

We will be discussing The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor―there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.

You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers.

The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.

Pick up a copy at the library and join us! Ages 18 + are welcome.

 

2019 Books

January 14: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
February 11: If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) by Betty White
March 11: Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
April 8: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
May 13: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
June 10: The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
July 8:  Artemis by Andy Weir
August 12: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
September 9: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
October 14: Marley & Me by John Grogan
November 11: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
December 9: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

(Subject to change based on availability of books)

 

Senior Book Club Discussion

When: December 18 @ 10:30am
Where: Romulus Senior Center – 36525 Bibbins Street

We will be discussing The Innocent by Harlan Coben and The Kept by James Scott.

The Innocent

One night, Matt Hunter innocently tried to break up a fight—and ended up a killer. Now, nine years later, he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. His wife, Olivia, is pregnant, and the two of them are closing on their dream house. But all it will take is one shocking, inexplicable call from Olivia’s cell phone to shatter Matt’s life a second time…

The Kept

In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.

A scorching portrait of a merciless world — of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence — The Kept introduces an old-beyond-his-years protagonist as indelible and heartbreaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses, as well as a shape-shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robinson.

 

 

2018 Books

January 16: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Gone for Good by Harlan Coben
February 20: Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, and No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
March 20: Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini, Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
April 17: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
May 15: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, and Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
June 19: Just One Look by Harlan Coben, and A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
July 17: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, and The Lottery by Patricia Wood
August 14: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, and Little bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
September 18: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny, and Nothing Like It in the World: The Men who built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869 by Stephen E. Ambrose
October 16: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, and The Long Fall by Walter Mosley
November 20: The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst and The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
December 18: The Innocent by Harlan Coben, and The Kept by James Scott

(Subject to change based on availability of books)