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 Trudy in the Adult Reference Department at 579-0307.
“Year of Wonders” by Geraldine Brooks: When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community.
“Moloka’i” by Alan Brennert: Seven-year old Rachel Kalama is the youngest child in her Honolulu family. When she is discovered to have a small leprous sore on her leg, Rachel is snatched from the bosom of her family and sent first to be "cured" in the Kahili hospital in Honolulu. After a year in Kahili, she is then sent to the Kalaupapa leper colony on Molokai. The story of Rachel and her new family on Molokai is beautiful, inspirational and very uplifting.
“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 Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Orczy: During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while posing as the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney in society. Percy falls for and marries the beautiful actress Marguerite St. Just, but she is involved with Chauvelin and Robespierre, and Percy's marriage to her may endanger the Pimpernel's plans.
“Tallgrass” by Sandra Dallas: Her life turned upside-down when a Japanese internment camp is opened in their small Colorado town, Rennie witnesses the way her community places suspicion on the newcomers when a young girl is murdered, an event that prompts Rennie's own perspective change and the discovery of dangerous secrets.
“American Cookery” by Laura Kalpakian: Eden Douglass' talent for and love of cooking mark the milestones of her life, from growing up in a quarrelsome family, to her adventures in war-torn Europe, to the post-war boom years and her marriage to filmmaker Matt March, feeding her family at baptisms, weddings, funerals, and celebrations, in a novel complemented by twenty-seven delicious recipes.
“My Lobotomy” by Howard Dully: The author describes his victimization at the hands of Dr. Walter Freeman, who popularized the trans-orbital lobotomy and who performed the procedure on the author at the age of twelve; the abandonment by his family; his experiences with institutions, jail, homelessness, and alcoholism; and his courageous determination to find out why he was forced to undergo a lobotomy.
“The Painted Veil” by W. Somerset Maugham: A love story set in the 1920s that tells the tale of a young English couple, Walter, a middle class doctor and Kitty, an upper-class woman, who get married for the wrong reasons and relocate to Shanghai, where she falls in love with someone else. When he uncovers her infidelity, in an act of vengeance, he accepts a job in a remote village in China ravaged by a deadly epidemic, and takes her along. Their journey brings meaning to their relationship and gives them purpose in one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth.
“The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music” by Steve Lopez: An intimate portrait of gifted violinist Nathaniel Ayers traces his promising education at Juilliard, his struggles with schizophrenia, and the factors that led to his homelessness in LosAngeles, circumstances that prompted their friendship and the author's efforts to improve the musician's life in spite of numerous setbacks.
“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick: In the strange world of twenty-first-century, Earth is a devastated planet in which sophisticated androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers. Bounty hunter Rick Deckard’s job is to track down the replicants.
“In a Town Called Mundomeurto” by Randall Silvis: A lyrical story of bittersweet memories and the enduring power of love, this is the tale of an old man reciting the same story of Lucia Luna he has told hundreds of times to a young boy. The boy can now correct the old man's errors, omissions, and embellishments in the story of how this once beautiful girl became a bitter old woman, destroyed by the jealousy and superstition of her village.
“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. Based on a historical event that occurred near Pendleton, Indiana.