Read this month’s BookTalk selection, Chasing Shakespeare by Sarah Smith, and learn more about London society in the days of Queen Elizabeth than you ever did in history class, and have a lot more fun doing it.
The Raytown Branch Adult Book Group will be reading Proof Positive by Phillip Margolin for their September meetings.
Jacob Cohen is on trial for murder. His defense attorney, Doug Weaver, can't imagine that this meek and intensely religious man could have killed and dismembered a woman. But, a forensic expert finds evidence that connects Cohen with the crime.
The Raytown Library Adult Book Group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and the third Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Our groups usually last from 60 to 90 minutes.
England in the early 1800s? Prostitution and murder? Organized crime along the Gold Coast of New York? Murder and revenge? Which will it be? Join us at the Antioch Branch on August 22 at 7:00 p.m. to state your preferences.
Henry House is one of many "practice babies" brought from the local orphanage to the campus of Wilton College in the '50s and '60s, but he happens to be the grandson of the president of the college and not quite an orphan after all. Henry, at 14 weeks old, is to be raised in the "practice house" by a rotating schedule of students learning home economics and child rearing, but the teacher of the course, Martha Gaines, finds within herself a longing to keep Henry.
Chasing Shakespeare by Sarah Smith got nine out of ten thumbs down at BookTalk in Kearney last week. Our one thumb-up belonged to a new member of our group who had an advantage over the rest of us. She’d earned her college degree in English and really knew her Elizabethan poets. That helped with this particular novel.
Over the next hour, our conversation was so lively that when I got back to the desk after BookTalk, one of my coworkers said, “Wow, we could hear you talking and laughing all the way back here. Everybody must have loved that book!”
For September, the Monday Mystery Book Club read A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer. This turned out to be a great discussion book with the bonus of everyone enjoying it. Everyone is a prisoner of their birth.