2015 Book Discussion Schedule
January 13: Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan
Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived severe wounds and a traumatic brain injury. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That’s when he met Tuesday.
February 10: Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen
A coming-of-age memoir by a Vietnamese American recounts her struggles for an American identity in the pre-politically correct climate of the Midwest and her passion for American food in the face of her family’s Buddhist lifestyle.
March 24: Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter’s difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy
April 21: Her: A Memoir by Christa Parravani
After her identical twin sister, who, haunted by childhood experiences with father figures and further damaged by being raped as a young adult, succumbs to drugs and depression, the author, after reading a statistic that 50% of the time the surviving twin dies within two years, decides to beat the odds.
May 19: Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.
June 30: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
September 8: Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
This book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. It traces the story of the team that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
October 20: The Undertaking by Audrey Magee
The story of a German couple who married for the convenience of military benefits during WWII and worked their way up the ranks of Nazi high society until the fall of Berlin changed everything and threatened their unborn child.
December 1: Blood Will Let Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kern
The story of the author’s fifteen-year relationship with eccentric New Yorker Clark Rockefeller, his discovery that Rockefeller was a serial imposter and murderer, and how his old friend’s murder trial made him face hard truths about himself.