Novel Conversations is a monthly book discussion group fostering dialogue around works of fiction and nonfiction, exploring world literature. The Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group is currently meeting virtually on Zoom at 4pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings will take place on the third Wednesdays in November and December due to holidays. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Paperback copies of the upcoming book selections will be available for pick up any time after the current month’s discussion, during service hours at the Sequim Branch Library on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies in other formats may also be available to request in the NOLS catalog.

Library staff and volunteers will moderate the discussion. Sign in via Zoom link to see other participants, or call in to join the meeting. No internet required to connect to the discussion by phone. Registration is required to receive Zoom login.

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Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home book jacket

Current Book Selection

August 26 at 4pm
Zoom Meeting – Register Here

Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home
by Nora Krug

A revelatory, visually-stunning graphic memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, telling the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.

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Novel Conversations 2020 Book Selection List

The Alice Network book jacket

July 22 at 4pm – Register Here
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. She’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth no matter where it leads.

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Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home book jacket

August 26 at 4pm – Register Here
Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home
by Nora Krug

A revelatory, visually-stunning graphic memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, telling the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.

Request a copy here

The Overstory : a novel book jacket

September 23 at 4pm – Register Here
The Overstory
by Richard Powers

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back to life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. Each summoned in different ways by trees– they are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek book jacket

October 28 at 4pm – Register Here
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson

In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, blue-skinned nineteen-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry, has just snuffed out her last courting candle, her last chance for “respectability” and a marriage bed. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

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My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry book jacket

November 18 at 4pm – Register Here
(third Wednesday due to holiday)
My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy– standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins.

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The Friend book Jacket

December 16 at 4pm – Register Here
The Friend
by Sigrid Nunez

When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog.

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This program is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.