General Interest Book Club
January 17th - Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor lives with her mother, her sister, her three brothers, and stepfather Richie, all stuffed into a two-bedroom house. Richie is physically and emotionally abusive, a drunkard, and Eleanor spent most of the last year sleeping on the couch of a family friend after being thrown out. Park has a stable home life, not rich, but well enough off. His biggest worry is insecurity about his place in the family, that he’s a disappointment due to his slight stature and lack of interest in taekwondo. When Eleanor goes to school and ends up ostracized and bullied, Park finds himself sticking up for her. What follows is a slowly budding romance, kids from two different worlds trying to find common ground, when everything else in their lives would tear them apart.
February 21st - The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Siblings Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb are fed up with their brother, Leo. His reckless behavior has landed him in rehab, and endangered “The Nest”, a trust fund set up for them by their late father. Far from being the modest inheritance he had intended, The Nest has soared in value, and each sibling is now counting on it to fix significant problems in their lives. The Plumb siblings will have to confront each other, and the decisions they’ve made, if they want to put their lives back on track, with or without The Nest.
March 21st- Tuesdays with Morrie
by itch Albom
Sports columnist Mitch Albom sees an old professor, Morrie Schwartz, on Nightline, a teacher he had not spoken to in the 16 years since attending his classes. Morrie is suffering from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and is facing the end of his life. Mitch, freed from work by a newspaper strike, reaches out to Morrie, and begins traveling to visit every Tuesday for several months. Mitch recounts their conversations, interspersed with old lessons, discussing how Morrie deals with his approaching death, and ruminating on a life well lived.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
March 7th - The City and the Stars
by Arthur C. Clarke
One billion years in the future, the Earth is old and worn. The oceans are gone, and mankind has almost completely abandoned the planet. Only a single city remains: Diaspar, closed off from the rest of the world, watched over by the Central Computer. Most residents have an inclusive nature, with no curiosity about the outside world. But not Alvin, one of the few residents living his first life. He seeks to escape, and see what wonders or terrors the outside world may hold. His discoveries may change life for the last residents of Earth forever.
February 7th -The Lies of Locke Lamora
by Scott Lynch
April 4th - Something More Than Night
by Ian Tregillis
The angel Gabriel has been murdered, and the Jericho Trumpet is missing. Heaven stands on the precipice of a cosmic crisis, but behind the scenes, a con older than mankind is playing out. Bayliss, a fallen angel who has adopted the mannerisms of famous fictional detective Philip Marlowe, is on the case. The case hits all the points of a grand old mystery: mysterious dames, police interrogation, stumbling across victims. This is a Heaven in which not even the angels can be trusted, where the stakes have never been higher, and anyone could be a patsy to a higher power.