July 15th Registration begins June 17th
Written by John Berendt
Traces the aftermath of the 1996 Venice Opera House fire, an event that devastated Venetian society and was investigated by the author, who through interviews with such locals as a suicidal poet, a surrealist painter, and a master glassblower learned about the region’s rich cultural history.
August 19th Registration begins July 15thKitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Written by Anthony Bourdain
A New York City chef who is also a novelist recounts his experiences in the restaurant business and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors.
September 16th Registration begins August 19thMrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
Written by Jennifer Chiaverini
Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave.
October 21st Registration begins September 16thDefending Jacob
Written by William Landay
When his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son.
November 18th Registration begins October 21stIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
Written by Erik Larson
Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.
December 16th Registration begins November 18thWhat Alice Forgot
Written by Liane Moriarty
Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves.