Page Turner Book Club

Page Turner Book Club meets the second Thursday of every month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Participants discuss the selected ‘title of the month’. Read it in ebook, audiobook, Large Print or paperback form. Finish it, or maybe you’ll want to say why you didn’t!  Whether you would give a rave review or not, come share your insights and responses.

 

BOOKS SELECTED for 2018:

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
January 11

“Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation…Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot…The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.” — Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
February 8

“Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers.  But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other–if only he can come out of the war alive.” — Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

The Nazi Officer’s Wife by Edith Hahn-Beer
March 8

“Edith Hahn was an outspoken young..forced Edith and her mother into a ghetto, issuing them papers branded with a “J.”…Her boyfriend, Pepi, proved too terrified to help her, but a Christian friend was not: With the woman’s identity papers in hand, Edith fled to Munich.  There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who fell in love with her.  And despite her protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity secret…Yet despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith Hahn created a remarkable collective record of survival: She saved every set of real and falsified papers, letters she received from her lost love, Pepi, and photographs she managed to take inside labor camps.”  — Goodreads

 

 

 

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
April 12

“Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
May 10

“A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
June 14

“A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 


 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
July 12

“Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation…Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect [Lucy and her mother], but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life…Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

The Stare are Fire by Anita Shreve
August 9

“In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery…Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters.  Along with…Rosie, and Rosie’s two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground…They spend the night frantically protecting their children and in the morning find their lives forever changed…In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms–joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain–and her spirit soars.  Then the unthinkable happens and Grace’s bravery is tested as never before.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall
September 13

“Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die.  Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to shoot varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town.  She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she’s here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow’s father died before she was born…Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly’s life pre-Willow.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
October 11

“A tale of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception and retribution — set in a refined society ablaze with tulip fever…Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower.  But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul…Cornelis yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one…he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia’s likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist.  Ambitions, desires, and dreams breed a grand deception–and as the lies multiply, events move toward a thrilling and tragic climax.” —  Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Killer of the Flower Moon by David Grann
November 8

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma.  After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.  Then, one by one, they began to be killed off…And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances…each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward Native Americans that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.” — Goodreads

 

 

 

 

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
December 13

“From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the devastating power of family secrets–beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s.” — Goodreads