Summer 2019: Eclectic Reads
Our Books In A Bar continues for the summer of 2019 at Nighttown! Join the discussion from 7-9 pm with dinner, dessert, and a glass of wine!
Monday, June 10th
Girl in Disguise (Sourcebooks) by Greer Macallister
With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin – unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to her as a detective. Battling criminals an coworkers alike, Kate immerses herself in the dangerous life of an operative, winning the right to tackle some of the agency’s toughest investigations. But is the woman she’s becoming the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was?
Monday, July 15th
Chemistry (Vintage) by Weike Wang
At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of this debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: she is studying for a prestigious Ph.D. in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied), and her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed. But instead of feeling hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence: the long demanding hours at the lab have created an exquisite pressure cooker, and she doesn’t know how to answer the marriage question. When it all becomes too much, and her life plan veers off course, she finds herself on a new path of discoveries about everything she thought she knew. Smart, moving, and always funny, this unique coming of age story is certain to evoke a winning reaction.
Monday, August 12th
Miss Burma (Grove Press) by Charmaine Craig
After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country’s history. After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin’s eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma’s first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family’s past, the West’s ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people.
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