Great Falls (First Thursday Book Club)
The Great Falls Library hosts a book club for adults year round on the first Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Great Falls Library’s circulation desk or call the Great Falls Library at 803-482-2149 for more information.
This book club meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Great Falls Library’s Meeting Room.
Founded: June 2014
A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, “The Guest Book” examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America.
“The Guest Book” follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that “used to run the world.” And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything–perfect children, good looks, a love everyone en
vies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine.That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies.
In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden’s bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len’s best friend, Reg Pauling, has always been the only black man in the room–at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons’ island in Maine. An island that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this last generation doesn’t have the money to keep. When Kitty’s granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather’s past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life.
An ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present, Sarah Blake’s “The Guest Book” looks at the racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the U.S. for generations.
The Lewisville Community Library hosts a book club for adults year round on the fourth Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Lewisville Community Library’s circulation desk or call the Lewisville Community Library at 803-789-7800 for more information.
This book club meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Lewisville Community Library’s Meeting Room.
Founded: April 2019
A.J. Fikry’s life is not what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is failing, and his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. He is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island and from Amelia, the Knightley Press sales rep who refuses to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore that gives A.J. the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world.
The Chester Main Library hosts a book club for adults year round (with a summer break June-August) on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Chester Main Library’s circulation desk or call the Chester Main Library at 803-377-8145 for more information.
This book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:15 a.m. in the Main Library’s Meeting Room.
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens. In “Where the Crawdads Sing”, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.