The 2nd Wednesday at Noblesville Book Discussion Group is the one for you if you love discussing contemporary fiction!!!
The "2nd Wednesday at Noblesville" book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in Meeting Room North of the Noblesville Library. See the schedule below for details on dates and book titles.
For more information: contact Trudy in the Adult Reference Department at 579-0307.
“What Was Lost” by Catherine O’Flynn
O'Flynn's debut begins with self-made detective and ten-year-old orphan Kate Meaney as she buses her way to the Green Oaks Shopping Mall, where she'll survey the various customers who may want to commit crimes: "Crime was out there. Undetected, unseen." With notebook and stuffed monkey in tow, Kate spends her days when not in school either outside the mall looking to catch a thief or at a neighborhood store sharing her observations with the shop owner's son, 22-year-old Adrian Palmer. When Kate disappears one day, never to be seen again, suspicion falls on Adrian, and the two-decade-spanning, unsolved case wreaks destruction on the lives of those who had touched Kate's life in one way or another. This seamlessly written, character-driven novel offers up well-appreciated humor along with its darker material, and readers who enjoy sideswiping surprises will not be disappointed.
“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
In 1946, as England emerges from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey and his eccentric friends, who tell her about their island, the books they love, German occupation, and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
On the eve of a faithful canine's death, Enzo (the dog) takes stock of his life while recalling the sacrifices, unexpected losses, and person struggles of his would-be race-car driver human, Denny, in the latter's efforts to retain custody of his daughter.
“The Plague Tales” by Ann Benson
Two parallel stories, one set in the fourteenth century, the other in the twenty-first century, feature two unwitting heroes who confront the release of the bubonic plague on an unsuspecting world.
“The Virgin of Small Plains” by Nancy Pickard
Seventeen years after the discovery of an unidentified female murder victim, whose brutalized body is found outside Small Plains, Kansas, the young girl's grave has become the source of a series of strange miracles and legends, until the return of prodigal son Mitch Newquist, along with a devastating tornado, threatens to bring old secrets to light.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
Christopher Boone is a 15-year old autistic savant in Swindon, England. He hates being touched, cannot tell a lie, or understand metaphors or jokes. He is a whiz at math and enjoys puzzles. When the neighbor's dog is killed with a pitchfork, he seizes upon it as a puzzle and math problem in hopes of understanding something that makes no sense to him. This begins a journey for Christopher that takes him places he never imagined, both physically and emotionally.
“The Moonlit Cage” by Linda Holeman
Set against the backdrop of 1850s Afghanistan, India, and London, a historical novel follows Darya, a young Muslim woman, as she flees an abusive and cruel husband to seek a better life, first in India and then amidst the social perils of British polite society.
“The Massacre at Fall Creek” by Jessamyn West
The reactions of a small 1824 Indiana settlement to the capture, trial, conviction and execution of five white men for the premeditated murder of nine peaceful men, women and children of the Seneca tribe. Recounts an actual incident that happened in Pendleton, Indiana.
“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by C. Alan Bradley
Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, begins her adventure when a dead bird is found on the doorstep of her family's mansion in the summer of 1950, thus propelling her into a mystery that involves an investigation into a man's murder where her father is the main suspect.
“Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
“Finding Nouf” by Zoe Ferraris
When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, her prominent family calls on Nayir al-Sharqi, a pious desert guide, to lead the search party. Ten days later, just as Nayir is about to give up in frustration, her body is discovered by anonymous desert travelers. But when the coroner’s office determines that Nouf died not of dehydration but from drowning, and her family seems suspiciously uninterested in getting at the truth, Nayir takes it upon himself to find out what really happened. He quickly realizes that if he wants to gain access to the hidden world of women, he will have to join forces with Katya Hijazi, a lab worker at the coroner’s office who is bold enough to bare her face and to work in public. Their partnership challenges Nayir, as he confronts his desire for female companionship and the limitations imposed by his beliefs.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
A chilling look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.