The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 4:00

The “heart-pounding” true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni-American, who grew up in poverty in San Francisco. He encounters unexpected, life-threatening danger when his plan of reviving the cultivation of Yemeni coffee and exporting it is thwarted by the outbreak of civil war in 2015.

Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover

Thursday, November 14, 2018 at 4:00

The author was born to survivalists in an isolated area in the Idaho mountain. Her family avoided mainstream society and she received little education. She began to educate herself and was admitted to Brigham Young University and eventually goes on to earn a degree from Cambridge.  Later she wondered if she had traveled too far – if there was still a way home.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 4:00

The Tea Girl’s story begins in a remote tea growing village in the high mountains in China where she has a daughter born out of wedlock.  The child is adopted  by an American couple.  This is a powerful story of a mother and daughter separated by circumstance, culture and distance.

That Winter in Venice by Ciji Ware

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 4:00

A tale of two cities at risk of disappearing forever and two globetrotting strangers seeking a port in a storm.  A gripping saga of two conflicted lovers and two star-crossed cities that share surprising parallels,. This compelling novel will linger in the memory long after its dramatic conclusion.

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann

Tuesday, April 16, 2019  at 4:00

An exhaustively researched account of a little-known, yet horrifying set of events that took place in Oklahoma at the beginning of the 20th Century. When oil was discovered on land to which the Osage had been forcibly moved, a series of murders and mysterious deaths began to plague them. Investigation into these murders led to the formation of the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4:00

In the placid, up-scale suburban community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, a custody battle erupts and divides the community after an enigmatic artist moves in. This novel explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood.