January 2020 Book

My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN’S PRIZE

Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood (bleach, bleach, and more bleach), the best way to move a body (wrap it in sheets like a mummy), and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

 

Other Suggestions:

“The Girl Who Lived Twice” by David Lagercrantz

“The Liar” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

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October 10th Book Club meeting

We will discuss “Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane” next week  at Kim Oh’s house. She  is whipping up a crab, asparagus risotto.

 

Please let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

 

9/12 Book Club -Ann Dielan

Ann is hosting our September meeting and will be dishing up shrimp and orzo. Please leave a comment below to let us know if you can come and what you will bring.

**Also please note you will need to park in the driveway that comes off Wynwood.

November Book Read -The Library Book

The Library Book. Susan Orleans
Susan Orlean’s bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is “a sheer delight…as rich in insight and as varied as the treasures contained on the shelves in any local library” (USA TODAY)—a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries. “Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book” (The Washington Post).

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

In the “exquisitely written, consistently entertaining” (The New York Times) The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

“A book lover’s dream…an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.

There There. A novel by Tommy Orange. 2018.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Yuval Noah Harari

October Read: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See,
a moving story about tradition, tea farming, and the
enduring connection between mothers and
daughters.
In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her
family align their lives around the seasons and the
farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in
ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for
generations—until a stranger appears at the village
gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers
has ever seen.
The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the
modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly,
Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her
mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped
her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—
conceived with a man her parents consider a bad
match—she rejects the tradition that would compel
her to give the child over to be killed, and instead
leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake
tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby
city.
As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular
village for an education, a business, and city life, her
daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged
childhood, Haley wonders about her origins, and across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost
daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea
that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.
A powerful story about two women separated by circumstance, culture, and distance, The Tea
Girl of Hummingbird Lane is an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and
a celebration of the bonds of family.
Also proposed:
The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
Once Upon a River, Diane Satterfield

September Read: The Silent Patient

 An instant #1 New York Times bestseller “An unforgettable―and Hollywood-bound―new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.” Entertainment Weekly 

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husbandand of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivationsa search for the truth that threatens to consume him…. 

Also Proposed: South and West by Joan Didion Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson