Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group

The Wednesday Evening Book Group reads both fiction and nonfiction titles. The group meets at 6:30pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Coffey Room at the Port Angeles Main Library. Attend as often as you wish. Drop-ins are always welcome. Copies of each month’s selection may be available for check out on a first-come first-served basis.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Current Book Selection

Wednesday, January 23, at 6:30pm
Port Angeles Main Library

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Patrick, Phaedra

In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met – a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

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Wednesday Evening 2019 Book Selection List

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

January 23 at 6:30pm
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
by Patrick, Phaedra

In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met – a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

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The Lacuna book jacket

February 27 at 6:30pm
The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

It’s the 1930s, and while Harrison Shepherd works for Mexican painter Diego Rivera, he’s also becoming the confidante of Diego’s wife, Frida Kahlo. Later forced to flee to the U.S., Shepherd retells his remarkable story through a series of letters and diary entries.

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The Girl With Seven Names book jacket

March 27 at 6:30pm
The Girl With Seven Names
by Hyeonseo Lee

As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to realize that she had been brainwashed her entire life. Given the repression, poverty, and starvation she witnessed, surely her country could not be “the best on the planet”? At age seventeen, she decided to escape North Korea.

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Clallam County Reads

April 24 at 6:30pm
Title To Be Announced

Just Mercy book jacket

May 22 at 6:30pm
Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

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The Whistling Season book jacket

June 26 at 6:30pm
The Whistling Season
by Ivan Doig

In 1909, struggling to farm his remote homestead and raise three sons, widower Oliver Milliron desperately needs help. A housekeeper’s ad in a Milwaukee newspaper, “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite,” leads him to hire her sight-unseen. When perky Rose Llewellyn arrives, she brings her brainy brother, Morris. Though Rose whistles through her work at the Milliron house, and Morris becomes teacher at the one-room school, these two newcomers conceal a past that is colorful and infamous.

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Pachinko book jacket

July 24 at 6:30pm
Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

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Born a Crime book jacket

August 28 at 6:30pm
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah

Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.

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The Years of Rice and Salt book jacket

September 25 at 6:30pm
The Years of Rice and Salt
by Kim Stanley Robinson

It is the fourteenth century, and one of the most apocalyptic events in human history is set to occur – the coming of the Black Death. History teaches us that a third of Europe’s population was destroyed. But what if the plague had killed 99 percent of the population instead? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been – a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.

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Clallam County Reads

October 23 at 6:30pm
Clallam County Reads
Title To Be Announced

The House of Broken Angels book jacket

November 27 at 6:30pm
The House of Broken Angels
by Luis Alberto Urrea

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel’s half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not shared a life. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border.

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