Book Club Schedule
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.