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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group

Second Thursday Book Discussion Group

Join us for Hoover Public Library's Second Thursday book discussion group. Sessions are the Second 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!

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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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

Alias Grace

by Margaret Atwood

In this astonishing tour de force, Margaret Atwood takes the reader back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic 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 field of mental illness-tries to unlock her memory, what will he find?

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 13, 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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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 10, 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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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 14, 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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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 12, 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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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 9, 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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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:00 am