Join us for our Afternoon Book Discussions, held on the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. We select books from a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, encourage lively discussion, and enjoy delicious refreshments. The reading selections for the second half of 2018 are:
July 11th – The Paris Architect: A Novel, written by Charles Belfoure. A Parisian architect is paid handsomely to devise secret hiding spaces for Jews in his Nazi-occupied country but struggles with risking his life for a cause he is ambivalent towards, until a personal failure brings home their suffering.
August 8th – Goldberg Variations, written by Susan Isaacs. A septuagenarian business owner evaluates her grandchildren as possible successors to her multi-million-dollar beauty empire, including New York movie studio editor Daisy, womanizing sports PR representative Matt, and religious Legal Aid lawyer Raquel.
September 12th -- Orphan Train, written by Christina Baker Kline. Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.
October 10th – Best Boy: A Novel, written by Eli Gottlieb. A middle-aged autistic resident of a therapeutic community where he was sent as a young child rebels against changes in his environment by attempting to return to a family home and younger sibling he only partially remembers.
November 14th – Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, written by Madeleine Albright. The former Secretary of State witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Holocaust, and the defeat of fascism, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War
December 12th – Marriage of Opposites: A Novel, written by Alice Hoffman. Dreaming of an exotic life in Paris while coming of age in a St. Thomas refugee community, young Rachel is forced to marry a widower before falling scandalously in love and becoming the mother of Impressionist master Camille Pissarro.