Book Club Ideas
Get into the Christmas spirit with Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews. Weezie Foley is a funky Southern antiques dealer who owns Maisie’s Daisy, a shop in Savannah’s historic district. Weezie is determined to win this year’s Christmas decorating contest. When her blue Christmas tree pin goes missing from her truck and her shop decorations get vandalized, Weezie can’t help but think the hoity toity owners of Babalu are planning to put her out of business. But this is only the beginning of Weezie’s mystery. Are Manny and Cookie behind the mishaps or is someone else up to no good?
The Girl Who Played With Fire is the second book of the Millennium series. In this book we develop a deeper understanding of Lisbeth Salander and Larsson masterfully crafts your wavering feelings for her. We are also introduced to the second most fascinating character in the series – the blond unfeeling giant with a childlike face and high pitched voice. In this book, Salander is wanted for murder and as her past comes back to haunt her we learn how Lisbeth became a threat to national security.
Girl With a Pearl Earring is a historical fiction novel about the girl in Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting by the same name.
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship.
The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent is set in the 17th century and deals that period of mass hysteria and religious extremism which resulted in accusations of witchcraft, the resulting imprisonment of about 150 people, including children, and the hanging deaths of fourteen women and five men. The Heretic’s Daughter is told through the knowing eyes of ten year old Sarah, daughter of accused witch, Martha Carrier.
Narrator Nick Caraway tells the story of Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of wealth, and of his long lost love Daisy during the Jazz Age. Everybody who is anybody is seen at Jay Gatsby’s glittering parties. Day and night his mansion on West Egg buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby – young, handsome, fabulously rich – always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, although no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
Dr. Marina Singh, a 42 year old research scientist for a large pharmaceutical firm, is dispatched to the Brazilian rainforest to recover the body of a colleague, Anders Eckman. Eckman had been sent to the Amazon to check on Dr. Annick Swenson, an eccentric and elusive doctor, developing a miraculous top-secret drug.
The Art of Fielding begins with a late summer baseball tournament in Peoria. Mike Schwartz and his Chicago Legion team have just beaten a South Dakota team in the semifinals. As Mike is gathering his catcher’s gear, the puny shortstop from the South Dakota team returns to the field to take extra grounders from his coach. Mike watches the exercise and is stunned at the brilliance and natural grace of the shortstop.
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the hardships of the pilgrims, from freezing weather, starvation and altercations with Natives.
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