Second Monday Book Club Discussion

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

We will be discussing City of Thieves by David Benioff.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

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

2017 Books

January 9: The Kept by James Scott
February 13: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
March 13: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassan
April 10: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
May 8: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
June 12: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
July 10: Wild by Cheryl Strayed
August 14: In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
September 11: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
October 9: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
November 13: The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis
December 11: City of Thieves by David Benioff

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

We will be discussing Rules of Civility by Amor Towels, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin.

Rules of Civility

On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb … 

She was only two feet, eight inches tall, but more than a century later, her legend reaches out to us. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Warren Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and became the world’s most unexpected celebrity. Vinnie’s wedding captivated the nation, preempted coverage of the Civil War, and even ushered her into the White House. But her fame also endangered the person she prized most: her similarly sized sister, Minnie, a gentle soul unable to escape the glare of Vinnie’s spotlight. A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams—and whose story will surely win over yours.

January 17: Tell No One by Harlan Coben, and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
February 21: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini, and The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
March 21: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, Ruby by Cynthia Bond
April 18: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman, and The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
May 16: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub
June 20: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and East of Eden by John Steinbeck
July 18: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin, and The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini
August 15: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and State of Wonder by Anne Patchett
September 19: The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure, and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
October 17: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
November 21: Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow, and Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
December 19: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

(Subject to change based on availability of books)