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!
The End of Your
Life Book Club
by Will Schwalbe
Thursday, January 23 | 6:30 p.m.
Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when her son, Will, casually asks her what she’s reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they are reading the same books so they can have something to talk about in the hospital waiting room. The ones they choose range from classic to popular, from fantastic to
spiritual, and we hear their passion for reading and their love for each? Other in their intimate and searching discussions.
by Pat Schmatz
Thursday, February 27 | 6:30 p.m.
Thirteen-year-old Travis has a secret: he can’t read. But a shrewd teacher and a sassy girl are about to change everything in this witty
and deeply moving novel. With sympathy, humor, and disarming honesty, Pat Schmatz brings to life a cast of utterly believable characters--
and captures the moments of trust and connection that make
all the difference.
by Chris Bohjalian
Thursday, March 27 | 6:30 p.m.
It’s 1915, and Elizabeth Endicott has volunteered to help deliver aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. After joining the British Army, Armen begins to write Elizabeth letters, realizing that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American. Years later, their American granddaughter, embarks on a journey through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
Thursday, April 24 | 6:30 p.m.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State-and to do it alone.
by Elizabeth Strout
Thursday, May 22 | 6:30 p.m.
Catalyzed by a nephew’s thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking
deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Anne Fowler
Thursday, June 26 | 6:30 p.m.
When beautiful, reckless, seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance, he isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. After Scott sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It is the Jazz Age, and for Zelda and Scott the future will be grander
and stranger than they could have ever imagined.
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