BOOK CLUB PICKS

Evening Readers: September 7th                    Page Turners: October 11th 

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

The book tells the story of a young, ambitious string quartet as they try to sort out their complicated relationships to music and one another. The Ensemble is about desire, disappointment and success, betrayal and loyalty, and the sometimes-invisible ways our friendships shape the people we become.

Evening Readers: October 5th                      Page Turners: November 8th 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Growing up in a Southern black community obsessed with skin color, the Vignes sisters run away at age sixteen. Though identical twins, their lives end in completely different paths. One returns to live in their hometown while the other secretly passes as white.

Evening Readers: November 2nd                      Page Turners: December 13th

God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney

A mesmerizing debut novel set in northern Texas about two sisters who discover a dark secret about their father, the head pastor of an evangelical megachurch, that upends their lives and community—a coming-of-age story of family, identity, and the delicate line between faith and deception.

Evening Readers: December 7th                      Page Turners: January 10th

Aquarium by Yaara Shehori

The Ackermans live in a world of their own, entirely by choice. Father Alex, mother Anna, and daughters Lili and Dori are all deaf — avoiding “the hearing” at all costs. Instead, they live an alternative lifestyle, only observing outsiders from afar. But when an earth-shattering secret is revealed, the family unit is torn apart, and the girls are forced to navigate the world of the hearing alone.

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Evening Readers: January 4th                                 Page Turners: February 14th

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake.

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Evening Readers: February 1st             Page Turners: March 14th  

Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler

Two days before Tam and Tony Kwan receive their letter of acceptance for the son they are adopting from China, Tony and his estranged cousin Mia are killed unexpectedly in an accident. A shell-shocked Tam learns she is named the guardian to Mia’s five-year-old daughter, Angela.

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Evening Readers: March 1st                   Page Turners: April 11th

The Leopard is Loose by Stephen Harrigan

For Grady McClarty, World War II is only a troubling event that occurred before he was born; their mother is still grieving for her husband. His uncles are veterans determined to step into a fatherhood role for their nephews, even as they struggle with the psychological scars they carry from the war.

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Evening Readers: April 5th                      Page Turners: May 9th

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

Talitha's life seemed perfect. She moved from London to Marrakesh with her husband Paul Getty.   When Claire arrives in London from her small town, she never expects to cross paths with a woman as magnetic as Talitha Getty. But beneath Talitha's glamorous facade lurks a darkness few can understand.

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Evening Readers: May 3rd                      Page Turners: June 13th

Silverview by John le Carre

Julian has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor.

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Evening Readers: June 7th                      Page Turners: July 11th

The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers

Maddie is a seamstress who’s just arrived in Bright Leaf—the tobacco capital of the South. Misfortune follows many of the women, including health problems. Maddie wants to report what she knows, but in a town where everyone depends on Big Tobacco to survive, she doesn’t know who she can trust.

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Evening Readers: July 5th                      Page Turners: August 8th

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children: a black cake and a voice recording. Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder.

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Evening Readers: August 2nd                 Page Turners: September 12th

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

Celebrated children’s book author Agnes Lee is determined to secure her legacy to permanently protect the peninsula known as Fellowship Point. To donate the land to a trust, Agnes must convince shareholders to dissolve a generations-old partnership. And one of those shareholders is her best friend, Polly.

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Evening Readers: September 6th                     Page Turners: October 10th

The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

Bellevue is the first school of its kind in the country. Just as she finds her footing, Una’s suspicions about a patient’s death put her at risk of exposure, and will force her to choose between her instinct for self-preservation, and exposing her identity in order to save others.

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Evening Readers: October 4th                          Page Turners: November 14th

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar who introduces them to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.

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Evening Readers: November 1st                      Page Turners: December 12th

This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

Poppy doesn’t know why her family has been running her whole life, but she does know that there are consequences if they’re ever caught. When a move to California exposes a crack in her parents’ airtight planning, Poppy realizes how fragile her world is.

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Evening Readers: December 6th                      Page Turners: January 9th

The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser

Ten days after calling off her wedding, CJ went on an expedition to Texas to study the whooping crane. After a week wading through the gulf, she realized she'd almost signed up to live someone else's life. She writes about friends and lovers and asks what more expansive definitions of love might offer us all.