Lifespan Book Club

Book Club meets last Monday of each month at Trinity Presbyterian Church – room D130

January 29, 2018 – Lilac Girls Martha by Hall Kelly

Set in the horrors of WWII, Kelly’s debut novel confronts the Nazi regime through the lives of three incredible women, two real-life characters and one fictitious combination of several real women. Beginning in September 1939, the book guides readers through the war and beyond with each of the women offering her view of the events.
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Mimi Roberts- reviewer

February 26, 2018 – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

This is the enchanting story of Count Aleksandr Rostov, a Former Person ( ie., one born into an aristocratic family at the time of the Russian Revolution) sentenced to house arrest within the walls of Hotel Metropol in Moscow for the remainder of his life. With his unexpected humor, his admirable characters and the stories of some three decades of delightful adventures, Towles’ novel buzzes with energy.

Meg Taylor – reviewer

March 26, 2017 – How It All Began by Penelope Lively

In this captivating volume, Ms. Lively uses her copious storytelling gifts to show how a similar kind of random casualty rules individual lives, how one unlucky event can set off a chain reaction, how the “butterfly effect” ripples through the ebb and flow of daily life.

Judy Davidson – reviewer

April 30, 2018 – George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Killmeade and Don Yeager

When George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in 1776, many thought that the American revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied, thanks in part to a little known, top secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. So closely guarded were the identities of these individuals that one spy’s name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and together enough information about the ring’s activities to provide evidence that these patriots turned the tide of war.

Cele Covatta – reviewer

May 21, 2018 – The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

A riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier. 1838: James and Sadie Goodenough and their five surviving children have settled where their wagon got stuck … on the muddy, stagnant edges of the Black Swamp in the godforsaken backwaters of Ohio where they strive to protect their apple orchards. Like their surroundings, this family is violent and unpredictable. Points of view are shifted through the years and political, historical events.

Mimi Roberts – reviewer

June 25, 2018 – Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

With incredible empathy, intelligence and candor, Jodi Piccoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, the justice system, and compassion, and does not offer easy answers to any of these. This is a bold, powerful book with h a white author bringing to us a story depicting what racism looks like and telling those who are not Black what it feels like.

Hennie Rodt – reviewer

July 30, 2018 – Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Killmeade

When the British sought to capture new Orleans and stop trade on the Mississippi, they did not count on he power of general Andrew Jackson. A formidable military leader with a heart for the common man, he rallied the divided inhabitants of new Orleans, bringing together Frenchmen, native Americans, freed slaves, pirates and Kentucky woodsmen in one of the most pivotal and surprising battles in American history.

TBD – reviewer

August 27, 2018 – Waking Lions by Avelet Gundar-Goshen

This Israeli author creates a gripping, suspenseful and morally devastating drama of guilt and survival, shame and desire. After one night’s deadly mistake, a man will got to any lengths to save his family and his reputation. It is a smart and disturbing exploration of the high price of walking away.

TBD – reviewer

September 24, 2018 – The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Mileva, Einstein’s first wife tries to forge a place for herself in a scientific world dominated by men. This brilliant, fascinating woman’s light was lost in her husband’s enormous shadow. She was a gifted physicist in her own right, whose contributions to the theory of relativity is hotly debated, and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Her marriage to Albert Einstein, while at first a partnership of the heart and mind, comes to suggest that there might not have been room for more than one genius in this marriage.

Cele Covatta – reviewer

October 29, 2018 – Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas

The unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, with surprising twists and turns. it is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit. The harsh conditions of the life that Hennie and Nit have suffered creates an instant bond, and an unlikely friendship in which the deepest of hardships are endured and darkest memories are confessed.

TBD – reviewer

November 26, 2018 – Behold the Dreamers by Imbob Mbae

This novel details the experiences of tow New York City families during the 2008 financial crisis: an immigrant family from the Cameroon, the Jonga family and their wealthy employers, the Edwards family. This is a compulsively readable novel about marriage, immigration, class and race, and the invisible trap doors in the American dream.

reviewer: Mimi Roberts