Second Monday Book Club Discussion

When: April 8 @ 7 pm
Where: Romulus Public Library Meeting Room

We will be discussing The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

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: April 16 @ 10:30am
Where: Romulus Senior Center – 36525 Bibbins Street

We will be discussing Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

Lilac Girls

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

Turtles All the Way Down

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

2019 Books

January 15: Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson and Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

February 19: Origin by Dan Brown and Tucker’s Way by David Johnson

March 19: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

April 16: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

May 21: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah and The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

June 18: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins and Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

July 16: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson

August 20: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

September 17: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith and Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

October 15: Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

November 19: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

December 17: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning

 

(Subject to change based on availability of books)