Lifespan Book Club

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

January 27, 2020 – An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Tayler

A newly minted doctor comes to practice in a tiny Irish town. Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find Ballybucklebo on the map when he sets out to begin his medical practice, but he already knows that there is nowhere else he would rather live than in the emerald hills of Northern Ireland. Ballybucklebo is a long way from Belfast, and Barry quickly discovers that he has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life.
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Mimi Roberts- reviewer

February 24, 2020 – Ordinary Grace by William Krueger

The story of a murder in a small town and the tragedy’s effect on the town. Edgar Award winner for the best novel of 2013. Highly acclaimed, this is a book that lingers in the mind long after closing the cover. 

Meg Taylor – reviewer

March 30, 2020 – When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Halthe

An epic of how a family and their neighbors band together to survive the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the waning days of WWII as the Americans fight to gain control of these war ravaged islands.

Vera Sepe – reviewer

April 27, 2020 – Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

This 2018 novel follows two families living in the same house at two separate time periods in Vineland, New Jersey. The novel alternates between 19th and 20th century stories, using the last words of one chapter as the title of the next. One of the first novels to address the era of the Trump presidency. 

Meg Taylor – reviewer

May 25, 2020 – Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

The Bartholomew is an apartment building of terrifying secrets. You’ll find startling twists and alarming surprises down every dark hallway. This novel not only pays homage to past horror novels that feature scary buildings, it also shines a light on something more immediate: the horror of millennial financial insecurity. It is guaranteed to keep us on the edge of our seats.  

TBA – reviewer

June 29, 2020 – Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

Olive is back, and Strout probes the limits of tolerance and the range of human behavior, sometimes boldly. The book begins about two years after the death of Henry, and tracks many of the characters from the first book to their ends. Olive remains a tart, crotchety, curmudgeon, as lovable as ever. 

Cele Covatta – reviewer

July 27, 2020 – Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

The novel is a locked door mystery, but the mystery itself remains a mystery while nearly every character seems to be a victim. Nine strangers converge at a health resort to change their lives in some way. 

Mimi Roberts- reviewer

August 31, 2020 – Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webb

Webb’s novel is a captivating blend of magical realism, heartwarming romance, and small town southern charm. When Anna Kate returns to Alabama to bury her beloved granny Zee, the stories ensue.

Reviewer – TBA

September 28, 2020 – The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coats

What if memory had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom? Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her, but was gifted with a mysterious power. A near drowning sets off a daring scheme. 

TBA- reviewer

October 29, 2020- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

This is the story of a sister and brother and their relationship over the course of fifty years. It is a sort of modern fairy tale a la Cinderella meets Hansel and Gretel.

TBA- reviewer

November 30, 2020 – The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

This New York Times best seller is a sweeping, heart-wrenching novel about three generations of a privileged American family and the secrets that bind them. An exploration of memory, identity, love, and family loyalty, it is powerful and provocative. 

Reviewer: TBA

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