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    • 06/12/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Our host for this month is Stacy Muellers.


    Our book is "All That Is Mine I Carry With Me: A Novel," by William Landay.


    One afternoon in November 1975, ten-year-old Miranda Larkin comes home from school to find her house eerily quiet. Her mother is missing. Nothing else is out of place. There is no sign of struggle. Her mom’s pocketbook remains in the front hall, in its usual spot. And so begins a mystery that will span a lifetime. What happened to Jane Larkin?

     
    Investigators suspect Jane’s husband. A criminal defense attorney, Dan Larkin would surely be an expert in outfoxing the police. But no evidence is found linking him to a crime, and the case fades from the public’s memory, a simmering, unresolved riddle. Jane’s three children—Alex, Jeff, and Miranda—are left to be raised by the man who may have murdered their mother.
     
    Two decades later, the remains of Jane Larkin are found. The investigation is awakened. The children, now grown, are forced to choose sides. With their father or against him? Guilty or innocent? And what happens if they are wrong? This is a story about family—family secrets and vengeance—that grapples with a primal question: When does loyalty reach its limit?

    • 07/10/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Our host for this month is TBD.


    Our book is "The Cartographers: A Novel," by Peng Shepard.


    Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.


    When her father is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating. She soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable and exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence. A mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last copy along with anyone who gets in the way. But why? To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret and discovers the true power that lies in maps.


    Note: The book is available through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative at multiple branches; Hoopla has ebook and audiobook versions.

    • 08/14/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Our host for this month is TBD.


    Our book is "Horse: A Novel," by Geraldine Brooks.



    From Kentucky in 1850 to New York City in 1954 to Washington, D.C. in 2019, a discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history are the threads of a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.


    Note: The book is available through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative at multiple branches; Libby has ebook and audiobook versions.

    • 09/11/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Our host for this month is TBD.


    Our book is "The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post: A Novel," by Allison Pataki.



    “Mrs. Post, the President and First Lady are here to see you.” So begins another average evening for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Presidents have come and gone, but she has hosted them all. Growing up in the modest farmlands of Battle Creek, Michigan, she was inspired by a few simple rules: always think for yourself, never take success for granted, and work hard.


    Marjorie’s journey began gluing cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl. No one could have predicted that C. W. Post’s Cereal Company would grow into the General Foods empire and reshape the American way of life, with Marjorie as its heiress and leading lady. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of high-society wife, mother, and hostess, Marjorie dared to make history in the process. Before turning thirty she amassed millions, becoming the wealthiest woman in the United States. But it was her life-force, advocacy, passion, and adventurous spirit that led to her stunning legacy.
     
    And yet Marjorie’s story, though full of beauty and grandeur was equally marked by challenge and tumult. A wife four times over, Marjorie sought her happily-ever-after with the blue-blooded party boy who could not outrun his demons, the charismatic financier whose charm turned to betrayal, the international diplomat with a dark side, and the bon vivant whose shocking secrets would shake Marjorie and all of society. Marjorie did everything on a grand scale, especially when it came to love


    Note: The book is available through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative at multiple branches; No ebook or audiobook versions are currently available through Libby or Hoopla.

    • 10/09/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Our hosts for this month are Adrienne McClelland and Nancy Carlyle.


    Our book is "After Annie: A Novel," by Anna Quindlen.



    When Annie Brown dies suddenly, her husband, her children, and her closest friend are left to find a way forward without the woman who has been the lynchpin of all their lives. Bill is overwhelmed without his beloved wife, and Annemarie wrestles with the bad habits her best friend had helped her overcome. And Ali, the eldest of Annie’s children, has to grow up overnight, to care for her younger brothers and even her father and to puzzle out for herself many of the mysteries of adult life.


    Over the course of the next year what saves them all is Annie, ever-present in their minds, loving but not sentimental, caring but nobody’s fool, a voice in their heads that is funny and sharp and remarkably clear. The power she has given to those who loved her is the power to go on without her. The lesson they learn is that no one beloved is ever truly gone.


    Note: The book is available through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative at multiple branches; Libby has ebook or audiobook versions.

    • 11/13/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Our host for this month is TBD.


    Our book is "Tom Lake: A Novel," by Anne Pachett.



    In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three adult daughters return to the family's cherry orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a summer-theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls and shares the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother, and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew. A thoughtful story about family, love, and growing up.


    Note: The book is available through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative at multiple branches; Libby and Hoopla have ebook or audiobook versions. The audiobook was recorded by Meryl Streep.

    • 12/11/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    This is the Book Club’s annual holiday party.


    Our host is TBD.


    For this month's meeting we gather together to share fellowship and the joy of the season. There is no book selected.


    For our holiday gift exchange we each bring a small gift, or perhaps a re-gift, a thrift store treasure or something funny. (It's not an exchange of generic items worth a certain amount.)


    Place the gift in a brown paper grocery bag and staple or tape it shut so it's surprise to whomever chooses it. We each take a number and pick a bag in turn or take someone else's gift if we like it better! It's always great fun!


    You are invited to bring an appetizer or holiday treat and/or a bottle of wine to share.

Past events

05/08/2024 Book Club Meeting on May 8, 2024
04/10/2024 Book Club Meeting on April 10, 2024
03/13/2024 Book Club Meeting on March 13, 2024
02/07/2024 Book Club Meeting on Feb. 7, 2024
01/10/2024 Book Club Meeting on Jan. 10, 2024
12/12/2023 Book Club Holiday Party on Dec. 12, 2023
11/08/2023 Book Club Meeting on Nov. 8, 2023
10/11/2023 Book Club Meeting on Oct. 11, 2023
09/13/2023 Book Club Meeting on Sept. 13, 2023
08/09/2023 Book Club Meeting on August 9, 2023
07/12/2023 Book Club Meeting on July 12, 2023
06/14/2023 Book Club Meeting on June 14, 2023
05/10/2023 Book Club Meeting on May 10, 2023
04/12/2023 Book Club Meeting on Apr. 12, 2023
03/08/2023 Book Club Meeting on Mar. 8, 2023
02/08/2023 Book Club Meeting on Feb. 8, 2023
01/11/2023 Book Club Meeting on Jan. 11, 2023
12/14/2022 Book Club Holiday Party on Dec. 14, 2022
11/09/2022 Book Club Meeting on Nov. 9, 2022
10/12/2022 Book Club Meeting on Oct. 12, 2022
09/14/2022 Book Club Meeting on Sept. 14, 2022
08/10/2022 Book Club Meeting on Aug. 10, 2022
07/13/2022 Book Club Meeting On July 13, 2022
06/08/2022 Book Club Meeting on June 8, 2022
05/11/2022 Book Club Meeting on May 11, 2022
04/13/2022 Book Club Meeting on April 13, 2022
03/09/2022 Book Club Meeting on March 9, 2022
02/09/2022 Book Club Meeting on February 9, 2022
12/08/2021 Book Club Meeting on December 8, 2021
11/10/2021 Book Club Meeting on November 10, 2021
10/13/2021 Book Club Meeting on October 13, 2021
08/11/2021 Book Club Meeting for August
07/14/2021 Book Club Meeting for July
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