Books n' Beans Archive 2011

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The Books'n'Beans Book Discussion Group is the one for you if you love discussing contemporary fiction!!!

We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 in Meeting Room F178 (East) in the East Wing of the Fishers Library. See the schedule below for details on dates and book titles.

For more information, contact the Adult Reference Department at 579-0307.




“A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute:  Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few years after the war, Jean is back in England, the nightmare behind her. However, an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give something back to the villagers who saved her life.


“Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See:  Forced to leave Shanghai when their father sells them to California suitors, sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs, as they face discrimination and confront a life-altering secret.   

MARCH 2011

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scot Fitzgerald:  Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach! Everybody who is anybody is seen at his parties. For Gatsby, always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. 

APRIL 2011

“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson:  The Major leads a quiet life valuing the proper things that Englishmen have lived by for generations: honor, duty, decorum, and a properly brewed cup of tea.  But then his brother's death sparks an unexpected friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani             shopkeeper from the village. Can their relationship survive the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of culture and tradition?

MAY 2011

“Das Boot” by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim:  In autumn 1941, a German U-boat commander and his crew set out on yet another hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. Over the coming weeks they brave the ocean's stormy waters and seek out British supply ships to destroy. Soon, claustrophobia becomes an enemy almost as frightening as the depth charges exploding around them.

JUNE 2011

“Miss Hargreaves” by Frank Baker:  When, on the spur of the moment, Norman Huntley and his friend Henry invent an eighty-three-year-old woman called Miss Hargreaves, they are inspired to post a letter to their new fictional friend. It is only meant to be a silly, harmless game—until Miss Hargreaves arrives on their doorstep. She is, to Norman’s utter disbelief, exactly as he had imagined her: enchanting, eccentric, and endlessly astounding. He hadn’t imagined, however, how much havoc an imaginary octogenarian could wreak on his sleepy Buckinghamshire hometown. 

JULY 2011

“The Broken Teaglass” by Emily Arsenault:  Engaging in office flirtation and amateur sleuthing to alleviate the boredom of their jobs as dictionary updaters, Billy Webb and Mona Minot discover that someone has been lacing their dictionary files with clues to a long-unsolved murder.


“The Night Counter” by Alia Yunis:  After 85 long years, Fatimah Abdullah is dying, and she knows when her time will come. In fact, it should come just nine days from tonight, the 992nd nightly visit of Scheherazade, the beautiful and immortal storyteller from the epic The Arabian Nights.  Just as Scheherazade spun magical stories for 1,001 nights to save her own life, Fatima has spent each night telling Scheherazade her life stories, all the while knowing that on the 1,001st night, her storytelling will end forever. But between tonight and night 1,001, Fatima has a few loose ends to tie up. 


“Midwives” by Chris Bohjalian:  The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her? 


“Stardust” by Kurt Meyer: Stardust examines the effects of cultural and technological changes to life in small-town America during the past century. One of the many underlying themes   of such change is that most places in America are losing their sense of place. So, Stardust is written with a strong sense of place - Indiana.  


“Sweeping Up Glass” by Carolyn Wall:  Living behind Harker's Grocery with a young boy named Will'm in 1938      Kentucky, Olivia is stunned when members of the exclusive Hunt Club suddenly turn their sights on the two of them, a dangerous situation complicated by the return of Will'm's mother and the exposure of the Rowe Street community's horrifying secrets. 


“Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens:  Pip escapes from his troubled childhood experiences to learn for himself the perils of love, the dangers of wealth, and how to sort his friends from his enemies.

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