Noon Brown Bag and a Book

Bring your lunch and join us on the third Wednesday of every month for our noontime book group. We meet from noon until around 1PM in the Strassweg Auditorium on the lower level of the library. Light refreshments are served, along with a lot of good talk about a different book every month. Here’s our schedule for the next several months:

Wednesday, June 21th

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother Lulu went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three.

If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. On the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be.

Wednesday, July 19th

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago. But the past and present are inextricably entwined, particularly in a scrapbook of recipes and memories that Framboise has inherited from her mother. And soon Framboise will realize that the journal also contains the key to the tragedy that indelibly marked that summer of her ninth year.