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Literary Reading Circle

(that’s fancy for Book Club)


To be held the first Thursday of each month.

Next meeting April 5th, 2018 at 6:30.


Open Book Club Discussion for any and all readers.


   April 5th Book

Before We Were Yours
by  Lisa Wingate



book club.JPGTwo families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for fans of Orphan Train and The Nightingale.


Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals - in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country - Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.


 Books Previously Read



​​The Kitchen House
Kathleen Grissom
The Storied Life​​
A. J. Fikry​​
​​The Girl Before
JP Delaney​
​​The Christmas Train
David Balducci
​The Story Keeper
​​Lisa Wingate
​​Radium Girls
Kate More​
​​Still Life
​​Louise Penny
​Empty Mansion

Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
​​Hidden Figures
​​Margot Lee Shetterly
Defending Jacob
William Landay​​
​​​Far Fro​m The Madding Crowd
Thomas Harding​​
Withering Heights
Emily Bronte
Colm Toibin
Skipping Christmas
John Grisham​​
Images of Miss Lindfors
Joseph Pasquarella​​
The Forgetting Time
Sharon Guskin
​The Life We Bury
Allen Eskens​
​Shadow of the Wind​​C. Zafon
​​The Shoemaker's Wife
Adriana Trigiani
The Devil in the White City
​​Eric larson​
​The Girl on the Train
​Paula Hawkins
​All the Light We Cannot See
​Anthony Doerr
​​Secrets of a Charmed Life 
Susan Meissner​​​
​​​Snow Child by Edwyn Ivey
Edwyn Ivey​
​Walk In The Woods
​​Bill Bryson
​Red Bird Christmas​

​​​Fannie Flagg
The Boston Girl​
​​​Anita Diamant’s​​
​The Mill River Redemption
​​Darcie Chan
​Palisades Park
​​Alan Brennert​
​​​Honolulu​​Alan Brennert
​Elegy of the Sparrow
Joseph Pasquarella Jr. &

Alex Ris​cuta

Angela's Ashes ​Frank McCourt
The Lovely Bones ​Alice Sebold
The Glass Castle​Jeanette Walls
The Wedding Dress Rachel Hauck 
Necessary Lies​ Diane Chamberlain​
​Mr. Miracle Debbie ​Macomber
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake​ Anna Quindland​
​The Life List Lori Nelson Spielman
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou​
The Road Cormac McArthy
​Jane Eyre ​Charlotte Bronte
The Aviator's Wife  Melanie Benjamin 
Orphan Train  Christina Baker Kline 
Midwife of Hope River   Patricia Harman 
Murder on the Orient Express  Agatha Christy 
Memoirs of a Geisha  Arthur Golden 
The Christmas Quilt   Jennifer Chiaverini 
The Secret Rescue   Cate Lineberry 
Orchardist   Amanda Coplin 
To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee  
 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 
The Lifeboat Charlotte Rogan  
Save Harbor Nicholas Sparks 
19th Wife David 
Life of Pi Yann Martel  
Trouble in Trumbull  John P. Lutseck
Creole Belle James Lee Burke 
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry  
Christmas on Jane Street Billy Romp and Wanda Urbanska 
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes 
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn 
Heart of the Matter Emily Giffin  
Sarah's Key Tatiana de Rosnay  
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh  
The Paris Wife Paula McLain  
Queen of the Road Doreen Orien  
Poisonwood Bible  Barbara Kingsolver
Hotel on Corner of Bitter and Sweet Jamie Ford  
Hope  Victoria Ferrante
The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton