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Book Discussion Group

The Charlotte “Charlie” Alexander
Book Discussion Group

Details:

  • Wednesday mornings @ 9:15 – 11:00am
  • Friends Room at the Newport Beach Central Library
  • Doors open at 9:00 am; no reserved seating
  • Sessions are free; reservations not required
  • Authors are not present unless noted
  • If you have not finished or read the book, come anyway!


November 14, 2018
Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann

In the dawning light of a late‐summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in this portrait of a city and its people.


December 12, 2018
Ordinary Grace
by William Kent Krueger

On the surface, this is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.


January 9, 2019
The Marriage Artist
by Andrew Winer

Ambitious, haunting, and stunningly written, this is a universal tale of a family dramatically reshaped by the quest for personal freedom in the face of inherited beliefs, public prejudices, and the unfathomable turns of history. It is at once a provocative snapshot of contemporary marriage, the recovery of a passion that history never recorded, and a fierce reminder of the way we enlist love in our perpetual search for meaning and permanence.


February 13, 2019
Bring up the Bodies
by Hilary Mantel

The sequel to Mantel's bestseller and Man Booker Prize winner, Wolf Hall explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

 


March 13, 2019
The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self‐awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden‐boy Simon escapes to the West Coast; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post‐9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.


April 10, 2019
Imagine Me Gone
by Adam Haslet

When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith.


May 8, 2019
My Name is Lucy Barton
by Elizabeth Strout

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.


June 12, 2019
The Believers
by Zoë Heller

Zoë Heller has written a comic, tragic tale about one family’s struggles with the consolations of faith and the trials of doubt.  When Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to re-examine her ideas about their forty‐year marriage. In the course of battling their own demons, every member of the family is called upon to decide what they still believe in.


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