Multcolib St. Johns: Pageturners on Tuesdays 2014-2015
Annotation:Join the discussion on Sept. 9, 2014. Meet the author! 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. 14, 2014. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous — sometimes infamous — husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott’s, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Fowler brings us Zelda’s irresistible story as she herself might have told it.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Nov. 11, 2014. 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 Dec. 9, 2014. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Empire Falls" comes a new story that expands on all the details of small-town existence and the claims of family, especially the ties that bind fathers and sons.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 13, 2015. Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 10, 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 10, 2015. In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham — the brilliant Cambridge scientist, freethinking intellectual, and practicing nudist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, once the world’s most technologically advanced country.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 12, 2015. A reclusive author, Vida Winters, hires a young woman to tell her story. She has created so many fictional versions of life that her young biographer finds it difficult to determine what is fantasy or fiction. Determined to find the truth, she encounters a ghost, a fire, a topiary garden, and the remnants of an old family. A story to relish and enjoy; you’ll be kept guessing until the end.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 9, 2015. In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 14, 2015. Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West.