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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!

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum).

Find All the Light We Cannot See in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd

The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

Find The Invention of Wings in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Aviator's Wife

by Melanie Benjamin

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States.

Find The Aviator's Wife in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Find The Rosie Project in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

Find Of Mice and Men in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Husband's Secret

by Liane Moriarty

Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt. Meanwhile, Tess O'Leary's husband, Will, and her cousin and best friend, Felicity, confess they've fallen in love, so Tess takes her young son, Liam, and goes to Sydney to live with her mother. There she meets up with an old boyfriend, Connor Whitby, while enrolling Liam in St.

Find The Husband's Secret in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Things they Carried

by Tim O'Brien

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

Find The Things they Carried in the catalog.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

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Second Thursday Book Discussion Group
Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm