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Book Groups

Summer and Fall 2018: Eclectic Reads

We’ve got a little bit of everything for Books In A Bar book group as we move into the end of summer and cooler weather of fall! Banned Books.  Mystery.  Contemporary and historical.  All featuring great stories and memorable characters.

Meet us at Nighttown for a glass of wine and great discussion. Appletree staff members Ed Alix and Lute Quintrell will be your hosts!

 

Monday, August 13
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

(Picador USA)
by Kathleen Rooney

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”  Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. Manhattan is grittier now–her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl–but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed–and has not.

 

 

Tuesday, September 11
The Catcher in the Rye

(Back Bay Books)
by J.D. Salinger
Note: this meeting is being held on Tuesday night – this month only!
In honor of Banned Book Week (September 23-29), we will discuss one of the more controversial banned books! An instant bestseller upon its publication in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye is the classic mid-century coming of age story!
“Perhaps the most contested book in recent history, The Catcher in the Rye was removed from schools, challenged by parents, and generally loathed by educational authorities beginning less than a decade after publication. In 1982, school libraries in Morris, Manitoba removed the book because it violated district guidelines covering ‘excess vulgar language, sexual scenes, things concerning moral issues, excessive violence, and anything dealing with the occult.’ Or, as a school board member in Summerville, SC said more succinctly in 2001, because it ‘is a filthy, filthy, filthy book.’ Apparently, 65 million readers in over thirty languages can be wrong.”
Monday, October 8
Malice
(Minotaur Books)
by Keigo Higashino

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he’s planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems.

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka’s best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers’ relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn’t necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn’t able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out.

Malice is one of the bestselling—the most acclaimed—novels in Keigo Higashino’s series featuring police detective Kyochiro Kaga, one of the most popular creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

 

Monday, November 12
Manhattan Beach

(Scribner Book Co.)
by Jennifer Egan

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years olf, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family with the Great Depression underway. Years later, he has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female driver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lonely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have vanished.

 

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