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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!

The Nest

by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 2, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Everything I Never Told You

by Celest NG

"Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Luckiest Girl Alive

by Jessica Knoll

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood

In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in me and into the life and mind of one of the most enigma c and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan—an expert in the burgeoning eld of mental illness— tries to unlock her memory, what will he nd?

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 1, 2017 10:00 a.m.

The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin. But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Bookman’s Tale

by Charlie Lovett

Nine months after the death of his beloved wife Amanda left him shattered, Peter Byerly, a young antiquar-ian bookseller, relocates from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and re-discover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, he discovers a Victorian watercolor of a woman who bears an un-canny resemblance to Amanda.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolu-tion of their marriages and the joining of two families. Commonwealth explores how this chance encoun-ter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Widow

by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen... But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

Britt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.

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First Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.