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First Thursday Book Discussion Group

Join us for Hoover Public Library's First Thursday book discussion group. Sessions are the first Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Theatre level Conference Room. One novel is discussed each session. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel welcome to join us!

Sycamore

by Bryn Chancellor

A newly divorced woman is starting life over in a small Arizona town. She comes across the skeletal remains of what the locals think is the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Jess who disappeared almost two decades ago. The discovery forces community members to recall memories and secrets that have been buried a long time. Readers are treated to a cast of characters with distinct personalities who, with each piece of the puzzle, form a patchwork that reveals the truth surrounding Jess’s disappearance.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

See What I Have Gone and Done

by Sarah Schmidt

In this debut novel from Australian newcomer Schmidt, we are taken inside the delusional mind of accused 19th-century ax murderer Lizzie Borden and also witness the churning interior monologs of her older sister, Emma, and the Bordens' hapless Irish maid, Bridget. We get to inhabit another character as well: a potential hit man named Benjamin, lured in by the sisters' nefarious Uncle John. Schmidt employs some unusual word choices—animals "critter" instead of walk, lamplight "rages." Not surprisingly, the prose is rife with a creepy physicality, its imagery dwelling on skin, blood, fingernails, smells, etc., although readers are spared much of the actual crime's gruesomeness.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Women in the Castle

by Jessica Shattuck

Three German women’s lives are abruptly changed when their husbands are executed for their part in an attempt to assassinate Hitler. They band together in a crumbling estate to raise their children and keep each other standing. Rich in character development, this book is narrated by each of the women, giving us a clear understanding of their sense of loss, inner strength and the love they have for each other. This story examines the human side of war, where the lines are blurred between hero and victim.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George

Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fierce Kingdom

by Gin Phillips

Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, are at thezoo near closing time. As they approach the exit, she sees bodieson the ground and a man with a gun entering a bathroom.Retreating into the maze of the zoo and its myriad of exhibitsand enclosures, Joan finds a, hopefully, perfect hiding place. Butas time passes and Lincoln gets hungry and restless, Joan mustbecome proactive to protect them both. The time starts each chapter, with the wholebook taking place over the course of three hours.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm