Book Club Schedule
April 18th - The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow
taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the
embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she
loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to
claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and
yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. .
May 16th - Definitely Not Mr. Darcy
by Karen Doornebos
Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year- old divorced mother, she runs
her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes
over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a
lady to do?
Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.
What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off...