Second Monday Book Club Discussion

When: June 11 @ 7 pm
Where: Romulus Public Library Meeting Room

We will be discussing Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life–someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

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

 

2018 Books

January 8: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
February 12: A spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
March 12: Glory Over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
April 9: Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
May 14: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
June 11: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
July 9: The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
August 13: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
September 10: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
October 8: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
November 12: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
December 10: The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

(Subject to change based on availability of books)

 

Senior Book Club Discussion

When: June 19 at 10:30am
Where: Romulus Senior Center – 36525 Bibbins Street

We will be discussing Just One Look by Harlan Coben, and A Room with a View by E.M. Forster.

Just One Look …

Harlan Coben, author of the coast-to-coast bestseller No Second Chance, delivers an emotionally powerful thrill-ride of a novel that asks the question: How far would you go to protect your family?An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: a mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him.When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: a fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way. Her world turned upside-down, filled with doubts about her herself and marriage, Grace must confront the dark corners of her own tragic past she struggles to learn the truth, find her husband, and save her family.

A Room with a View … 

This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England.

A charming young Englishwoman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson–who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist–Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England, she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion.

The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster’s colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen, and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room with a View is one of E. M. Forster’s earliest and most celebrated works.

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)