Join us this fall for Reading on the Rock as we discuss contemporary fiction. Each title offers unique and interesting story lines that are sure to keep the conversation going. Feel free to come to one or all of the hour-long discussions – and bring a friend!
No registration necessary.
All discussions take place in the Public Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level. Grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor coffee shop and join the conversation!
by Stacy Schiff
Tuesday, March 26 | 6:30 p.m. *NEW MARCH DATE!
Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. In a masterly return to the classical sources, this biography boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen.
by Erin Celello
Thursday, April 25 | 6:30 p.m.
Macy Allen, an accomplished equestrienne, has relied on her horses and her husband, Nash, to pull her through. But after Nash dies in a tragic accident, Macy learns devastating secrets about his life that rock her belief in their marriage and herself. Nash’s mother, Magda, blames Macy for her only son’s death. When her husband, Jack, moves to Vancouver Island in a desperate attempt to feel closer to the son he’s lost and never really knew, Magda’s bitterness threatens to alienate the people she needs most. As this unlikely family questions how well they knew Nash and what love really means, still another surprise awaits them-an irrepressible child who will overturn all their expectations.
The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach
Thursday, May 23 | 6:30 p.m.
At a small college on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five characters are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths.
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
Thursday, June 20 | 6:30 p.m.
A novel set on a remote Australian island in 1918, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse. After years of miscarriages and a recent stillbirth, an event occurs that forever changes them.
A dinghy washes up on the beach carrying a dead man and a newborn baby girl, giving Isabel hope that she may become, at last, a mother. The choice they make as a couple comes to haunt them, their unexpected happiness replaced by guilt and mistrust.
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