SEPTEMBER

Thursday, September 10 4:00-5:30 at Books by the Bay (Rescheduled from April 2020)

Citizens of London: The Americans who stood with Britain in its darkest, finest hour by Lynn Olson 

Discussants: Nancy Curran and Susan Watson

We meet three Americans working in London prior to World War II who were key players in forging the alliance with Britain that led to America’s entry into war.

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 8 4:00-5:30
(Rescheduled from May 2020)

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

Discussant: Beth Garbutt

This “classic” novel, considered by some to be Willa Cather’s masterpiece is based on the true story of two French priests sent in the 1890s as missionaries to the New Mexico territory

NOVEMBER

Thursday, November 12  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II   by Sonia Purcell    

Discussant:  Ciji Ware

The amazing true story of a Baltimore socialite (with a wooden leg) who joined WW II’s Allied intelligence agencies operating in war torn France, only to be hunted  by the Gestapo as the “most dangerous of all allied spies [whom] we must find and destroy…”

JANUARY

Thursday, January 14  4:00 – 5:30 p.m

The Dutch House  by Ann Patchett    

Discussant:  Ellen Rosenstein

A brother and sister explore their memories of the extravagant house in which they grew up and it’s effect on their family over three generations.  It covers questions of loss, love, and forgiveness

FEBRUARY

Thursday, February 11  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead  by Olga Tokarczuk

Discussant: Shelby Van Meter

A brilliant, oddly peculiar comedy/thriller by the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Experience the adventures of the wildly eccentric, endlessly surprising protagonist Janina

APRIL

Thursday, April 8  4:00 -5:30 p.m.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins    

Discussant: Arliss Willis

This 2020 novel deals with the journey of a Mexican mother and her young son who must leave behind their life and attempt an escape from a Mexican drug cartel to the United States.  This author tackles many social issues. It also raises the issue of “Who is allowed to tell the story?”

MAY

Thursday, May 13 4:00 – 5:30

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby     

Discussants:  Jeni Flynn and Fran Nelson

In this fictional story of sisterly love, Jane Austen’s sister Cassandra hunts down letters that might reveal the most private aspects of their personal lives, deciding what to preserve and what to destroy.  It offers a satirical observation of a woman’s lot in 1800’s England.