Multcolib Midland: Pageturners on Wednesdays 2014-2015
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on Sept. 17, 2014. Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper in the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon. Allred’s stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 15, 2014. Two motherless sisters — Bean and Liz — are shuttled to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in their family for generations. When school starts in the fall, Bean easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz becomes increasingly withdrawn. Then something happens to Liz and Bean is left to challenge the injustice of the adult world.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 19, 2014. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the breakup with her longtime lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and the Greta of 1985 finds herself transported to remarkably similar lives in different eras fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 17, 2014. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about — until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 21, 2015. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be … until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 18, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.
Annotation:Join the discussion on March 18, 2015. An Indian request in 1854 for 1,000 white brides to ensure peace is secretly approved by the U.S. government in this alternate-history novel. Their journey west is described by May Dodd, a high-society woman released from an asylum where she was incarcerated by her family for an affair.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 15, 2015. In the 1660s, Caleb became the first Native American to graduate Harvard. Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to life in a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 20, 2015. This novel tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster child living outside Munich during WWII. Liesel scratches out a meager existence by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist: books.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 17, 2015. A chance meeting with a Sussex beekeeper turns into a pivotal, personal transformation when 15-year-old Mary Russell discovers that the beekeeper is the reclusive, retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who soon takes on the role of mentor and teacher.