2014 Books and Beans

Books and Beans

Book Group

2014

The Books and Beans Book Group is the one for you if you love discussing contemporary fiction. Read the book, or just come for some fascinating conversation!

When:  2nd Thursday of every month
Time:  7:00 pm
Where:  Fishers Library

For more information: Contact the Adult Services Department at 579-0307.

 

January 9

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid           

                A young Muslim American, Changez is living the American dream, with an education at an Ivy League college, high-paying job, and romance with Erica, a member of the elite New York social circles, until the events of September 11th turn his life upside down and force him to confront his personal allegiances. By the author of Moth Smoke.

February 13

Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

               In 1923, Eva English and her sister Lizzie embark on a journey to be missionaries in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, while in modern-day London, a young woman's act of kindness to a Yemeni refugee results in an unexpected journey.

March 13

Macbeth by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson   

                Immortalized in Shakespeare's great tragedy, the story of Macbeth and his wife is retold in a modern English "translation" by Shakespeare scholar and novelist Hartley (Act of Will) and thriller writer Hewson (The Fallen Angel). Treachery, loyalty, romance, violence, political hugger-muggery, ambition, guilt, madness, and terrifying witches, all the elements are in place, set against the brutal backdrop of 11th-century Scotland.

April 10

Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo

               Multigenerational sagas featuring indomitable women are the stuff of contemporary fiction, but this debut is noteworthy because it represents five generations, still living together in a house surrounded by an olive grove in Sacramento Valley. Now a geneticist wants to study the women to determine the secret of their longevity. But 112-year-old matriarch Anna worries that secrets she's hidden for over a century might be revealed.

May 8

Round House by Louise Erdrich

               One of the most revered novelists of our time, ”a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life,” Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

June 12

Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

                Moving his young bride to an isolated lighthouse home on Australia's Janus Rock where the couple suffers miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant who has washed up on the shore only to witness a rift in their marriage that is further complicated by a search by the baby's desperate mother. A first novel.

July 10

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

                When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her in this new novel from the author of This One is Mine.

August 14

Clair of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

                Claire is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire’s mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life. But on the night of Claire’s seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself.

 

September 11

Lowland by Lahiri Jhumpa

                From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of The Namesake comes an extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

October 9

Good Lord Bird by James McBride

                Musician and author McBride offers a fresh perspective on abolitionist firebrand John Brown in this novel disguised as the memoir of a slave boy who pretends to be a girl in order to escape pre-Civil War turmoil, only to find himself riding with John Brown's retinue of rabble-rousers from Bloody Kansas to Harpers Ferry, Henry Shackelford recounts how, at age 10, his curly hair, soft features, and potato-sack dress cause him to be mistaken for a girl - a mistake he embraces for safety's sake, even as he is reluctantly swept up by Brown's violent, chaotic, determined, frustrated, and frustrating efforts to oppose slavery. He eventually meets Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Outrageously funny, sad, and consistently unflattering, McBride puts a human face on a nation at its most divided.

November 13

Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

                Forging a powerful bond in the mid-1970s that lasts throughout subsequent decades, six individuals pursue challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.

December 11

Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki                   

               In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates ’bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox, possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

 

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