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PALS Book Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

PALS Book Discussion Group

Fiction fires the imagination and reveals the truth about the world. PALS, the Port Angeles Literary Society,
is a discussion group focused on topics in modern and classic fiction.

The group is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Attend as often as you wish.

Discussions take place the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm, except December 17, 2014.

Current Book Selection

1984

1984 by George Orwell
Wednesday, October 29, 6:30pm

PALS continues its tradition of reading a classic in October. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish.

Copies of the book are available at the library. Also available are the downloadable e-book, audio e-book, and the DVD based on the novel. Request a copy here.

  • PALS Book Selection List
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette

    January 29, 2014

    Where'd You Go Bernadette
    by Maria Semple
    Bernadette Fox is notorious; to her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then she disappears. This wickedly funny novel skewers Seattle and the yuppie life while at the same time celebrating the bonds of family and the love between a mother and daughter.

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    People of the Book

    February 24, 2014

    People of the Book
    by Geraldine Brooks
    Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, written by an acclaimed and beloved author. Called "a tour de force" by the San Francisco Chronicle, this ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in fifteenth-century Spain to its presence in war torn Bosnia.

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    The White Tiger

    March 26, 2014

    The White Tiger
    by Aravind Adiga
    The white tiger of this novel is Balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur. On the occasion of the president of China’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, provocative debut.

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    Stag's Leap

    April 30, 2014

    Stag's Leap
    by Sharon Olds
    Celebrate national poetry month with PALS and the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds. Stag’s Leap is stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory, and new freedom. Her unsparing approach to both pain and love makes this one of Old’s finest, most powerful books of poetry.

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    Nothing To Envy

    May 28, 2014

    Nothing To Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
    by Barbara Demick
    Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

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    Bring Your Own Book Party

    June 25, 2014

    Bring Your Own Book Party
    Participants are invited to bring one or two of the best books they have read in 2013 – 2014 to share with the group. Everyone will come away with a list of great recommendations of books to read. There will also be an optional book swap – bring a gently used book to trade. For more information contact librarian Leo Skye at .

    Snow Falling on Cedars

    July 30, 2014

    Snow Falling on Cedars
    by David Guterson
    San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost.

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    Hearts of Horses

    August 27, 2014

    The Hearts of Horses
    by Molly Gloss
    In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work “gentling” wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses. So begins the irresistible tale of a young but determined woman trying to make a go of it in a man’s world.

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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of electricity and Hope

    September 24, 2014

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of electricity and Hope
    by William Kamkwambe
    William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring luxuries to his small village that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves -- and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption, and created a small miracle that changed the lives around him. A remarkable true story.

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    1984

    October 29, 2014

    1984
    by George Orwell
    PALS continues its tradition of reading a classic in October. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish.

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    Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

    November 26, 2014

    Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
    by Timothy Egan
    In the summer of 1900, Edward Curtis gave up a successful photography career in Seattle to pursue a quixotic plan: to photograph all the Indian communities in North America. He realized he had to move quickly “to capture the essence of their lives before that essence disappeared.” A mountaineer, explorer, intrepid photojournalist, and amateur anthropologist, Curtis became a willful and passionate chronicler. “I want to make them live forever,” Curtis said in the early days of his decades-long mission. As Egan’s thrilling story attests, he succeeded.

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    Trickster: Native American Tales

    December 17, 2014

    Trickster: Native American Tales
    by Matt Dembicki
    A follow up to November’s nonfiction selection , Trickster collects traditional stories written and illustrated by contemporary Native American artists in a graphic novel anthology. Readers will find a wide variety of trickster tales and experience a wide variety of illustration styles in this ground breaking graphic novel.

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2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Group

Literature uses ordinary words to say something extraordinary. 2nd Tuesday is a book discussion group that examines themes and characters in literary fiction, readable nonfiction, and works by Northwest authors.

The group is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Attend as often as you wish.

Discussions take place the second Tuesday of each month at 11am.

Current Book Selection

The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Wednesday, November 12, 11am

In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. This book will provide a counter point to the previous month's book Delta Wedding which completely ignores the lives of the African American people living in the cities and plantations of the American South.

The Library has copies of the book in all formats and the DVD. Request a copy here.

  • 2nd Tuesday Book Selection List

  • The Book Thief

    January 14, 2014

    The Book Thief
    by Markus Zusak
    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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    The Headmaster's Wager

    February 11, 2014

    The Headmaster's Wager
    by Vincent Lam
    Enjoying his position as the headmaster of Saigon's best English school while indulging in a gambling and womanizing lifestyle, Percival Chen becomes aware of the local violence when his son lands in trouble with the authorities.

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    An Ocean Between Us

    March 11, 2014

    An Ocean Between Us
    by Evelyn Iritani
    An exploration of the evolving relationship between Japan and the United States focuses on four true stories from Port Angeles, Washington, beginning in 1834 with shipwrecked Japanese sailors in Washington and ending with American workers employed by a Japanese corporation.

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    Plume: Poems

    April 8, 2014

    Plume: Poems
    by Kathleen Flenniken
    The poems in Plume are nuclear-age songs of innocence and experience set in the "empty" desert West. Award-winning poet Kathleen Flenniken grew up in Richland, Washington, at the height of the Cold War, next door to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where "every father I knew disappeared to fuel the bomb," and worked at Hanford herself as a civil engineer and hydrologist. The book's personal story and its historical one converge with enriching interplay and wide technical variety, introducing characters that range from Carolyn and her father to Italian physicist Enrico Fermi and Manhattan Project health physicist Herbert Parker. As a child of "Atomic City," Kathleen Flenniken brings to this tragedy the knowing perspective of an insider coupled with the art of a precise, unflinching, gifted poet.

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    Where'd You Go Bernadette

    May 13, 2014

    Where'd You Go Bernadette
    by Maria Semple
    Bernadette Fox is notorious; to her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then she disappears. This wickedly funny novel skewers Seattle and the yuppie life while at the same time celebrating the bonds of family and the love between a mother and daughter.

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    The Crossing Places

    June 10, 2014

    The Crossing Places
    by Elly Griffiths
    When a child's bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk's north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson who thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years.

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    The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories

    July 8, 2014

    The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories
    edited by Kate Figes
    A collection of thirty-three short stories from around the world celebrates the diversity of women's experiences and includes selections from both famous and lesser-known female authors.

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    The Boys In the Boat

    August 12, 2014

    The Boys In the Boat
    by Daniel Brown
    This book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower. One of the rowers hailed from Sequim, Washington.

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    Septembers of Shiraz

    September 9, 2014

    Septembers of Shiraz
    by Dalia Sofer
    In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known.

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    Delta Wedding

    October 14, 2014

    Delta Wedding
    by Wudora Welty
    2nd Tuesday discusses a classic story from the literature of the American South. Welty presents a vivid and charming portrait of a large southern family, the Fairchilds, who live on a plantation in the Mississippi delta. The story, set in 1923, is exquisitely woven from the ordinary events of family life, centered around the visit of a young relative, Laura McRaven, and the family’s preparations for her cousin Dabney’s wedding.

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    The Help

    November 12, 2014

    The Help
    by Kathryn Stockett
    In 1960s Mississippi, Skeeter, a southern society girl, returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives, and a small Mississippi town, upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. This book will provide a counter point to the previous month’s book Delta Wedding which completely ignores the lives of the African American people living in the cities and plantations of the American South.

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    The Night Circus

    December 9, 2014

    The Night Circus
    by Erin Morgenstern
    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des R�ves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

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Page2Screen Book and Film Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library & Sequim Branch Library

Page2Screen Book Discussion Group

Some of the most enduring films have been inspired by great literature. Page2Screen is a book-to-film discussion group that explores themes and issues in classic and contemporary books and the movies inspired by them. Speak your mind in a roundtable setting as a book and film critic.

The group is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Attend as often as you wish.

Discussions take place the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, alternating monthly between the Port Angeles and the Sequim Libraries.

Current Book Selection

Dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30pm
Port Angeles Main Library

Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. The film is a 1992 American horror/fantasy/erotic/drama film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing, and Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker.

The Library has copies of the book and DVD as well as downloadable e-book and audio e-book formats.

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  • Page2Screen Book Selection List
  • Snow Falling On Cedars

    June 24, 2014
    Port Angeles Main Library

    Snow Fallilng On Cedars
    by David Guterson

    On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with coldblooded murder. The year is 1954, and the shadow of World War II, with its brutality abroad and internment of Japanese Americans at home, hangs over the courtroom. Ishmael Chambers, who lost an arm in the Pacific war and now runs the island newspaper inherited from his father, is among the journalists covering the trial - a trial that brings him close, once again, to Hatsue Miyomoto, the wife of the accused man and Ishmael's never-forgotten boyhood love. The film is directed by Scott Hicks and is based on David Guterson's award-winning novel of the same title. It was released in 1999 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography and stars Ethan Hawke and Youki Kudoh.

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    12 Years A Slave

    July 29, 2014
    Sequim Branch Library

    12 Years A Slave
    by Solomon Northup

    Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. Now a major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture it stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, and is directed by Steve McQueen.

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    Big Fish

    August 26, 2014
    Port Angeles Main Library

    Big Fish
    by Daniel Wallace

    In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father—this indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats, and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous. The film adaptation is a fantasy drama based on the 1998 novel and was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard.

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    The Great Gatsby

    September 30, 2014
    Sequim Branch Library

    The Great Gatsby
    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel in the Roaring Twenties, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. The film is a 2013 Australian-American drama based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel. Although there have been at least four film adaptations of this Jazz Age classic, including a silent version made in 1926 and one directed by Francis Ford Coppola in the early 1970’s, the film that will be discussed is the most recent one, released in 2013 and co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Elizabeth Debicki.

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    Dracula

    October 28, 2014
    Port Angeles Main Library

    Dracula
    by Bram Stoker

    Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. The film is a 1992 American horror/fantasy/erotic/drama film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing, and Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker.

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    The Road

    November 25, 2014
    Sequim Branch Library

    The Road
    by Cormac McCarthy

    An epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. It imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of -- a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love. The film is a 2009 post-apocalyptic drama directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall. It stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

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    Unbroken

    December 30, 2014
    Port Angeles Main Library

    Unbroken
    by Laura Hillenbrand

    On a May afternoon in 1943 an epic drama unfolds that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis "Louie" Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography. The film adaption will screen in theatres on December 25, 2014 is directed and produced by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie and scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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Sequim Book Discussion Group @ Sequim Branch Library

Sequim Book Discussion Group

“A great book should leave you with many experiences... You live several lives while reading.” (William Styron, Conversations with William Styron). The Sequim Book Discussion Group brings great, fiction and non-fiction and classic and contemporary books to life, exploring those shared lives together in a round table setting.

The group is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Attend as often as you wish.

Copies of each month’s selection are available to check out at the previous month’s meeting.

Discussions take place the second Saturday of every month at 3pm.

  • Sequim Book Selection List
  • East of Eden

    January 11, 2014

    East of Eden
    by John Steinbeck
    Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Steinbeck creates some of his most memorable characters and explores his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.

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    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    February 8, 2014

    We Need to Talk About Kevin
    by Lionel Shriver
    Presented as a series of letters, this is the story of Eva Khatchadourian, who is struggling to hold the remnants of her life together after her sixteen-year-old son is sentenced to prison for killing several of his classmates in a school shooting. Writing to her estranged husband, she explores the events that led up to Thursday, as she now calls the infamous afternoon, starting as far back as the couple’s decision to have a child.

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    Cutting for Stone

    March 8, 2014

    Cutting for Stone
    by Abraham Verghese
    When Marion Stone’s past catches up with him – nearly destroying him – he must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the twin brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

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    April 1865

    April 12, 2014

    April 1865: The Month that Saved America
    by Jay Winik
    April 1865 was a month that could have unraveled the United States of America. Instead, it saved it. Provocative, bold, exquisitely rendered, and stunningly original, April 1865 is the first major reassessment of the Civil War's close – a masterful account of the thirty most pivotal days in the life of the United States; not only the tale of the war's denouement, but also the story of the making of our nation.

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    The Help

    May 10, 2014

    The Help
    by Kathryn Stockett
    The Deep South of the 1960s is the volatile setting for this thought-provoking novel about two black maids in Jackson, Mississippi, and the white women who employ them. As the lives of these remarkable women intertwine, they build a compelling story whose heartbeat is injustice, indignation and cultural change. Stockett’s pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues.

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    The Art of Racing in the Rain

    June 14, 2014

    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    by Garth Stein
    On the eve of his death, Enzo, a philosopher among dogs, takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell it.

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    The Whistling Season

    July 12, 2014

    The Whistling Season
    by Ivan Doig
    Novelist Ivan Doig revisits the American west in the early twentieth century, bringing to life the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it thrive. A gargantuan irrigation project, a stampede of homesteaders, a self-advertised housekeeper (“Can’t cook, doesn’t bite,”) and her font-of-knowledge brother, a Montana widower and his three sons – all brought together in the region’s one-room schoolhouse, conspire to set the stage for “several kinds of education.”

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    My Cousin Rachel

    August 9, 2014

    My Cousin Rachel
    by Daphne Du Maurier
    Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly. When the new widow - Philip's cousin Rachel - turns up in England, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious woman like a moth to the flame. And yet ...might she have had a hand in Ambrose's death?

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    The Book Thief

    September 13, 2014

    The Book Thief
    by Markus Zusak
    This unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read, sharing her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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    Frankenstein

    October 11, 2014

    Frankenstein
    by Mary Shelley
    At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. But once brought to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

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    The Headmaster's Wager

    November 8, 2014

    The Headmaster's Wager
    by Vincent Lam
    From bestselling author Vincent Lam, comes a superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting novel set against the turmoil of the Vietnam War. Hope turns to tragedy as we follow the life of a Chinese National- the titular Headmaster, known in Saigon by his English name, Percival Chen. We watch, riveted, as he struggles to succeed in the dangerous waters of Southeast Asia during what is possibly its greatest period of upheaval – a region known for fast changes, bloody politics and out-of-control grift. Wincing, we see him making choice after choice that send him racing unerringly for the deadly cliff that history has laid in his path.

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    Skipping Christmas

    December 13, 2014

    Skipping Christmas
    by John Grisham
    Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Come December 25, they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined. A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.

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