Shoko, the main character in Margaret Dilloway's novel How to Be an American Housewife, is based on the author’s mother, a real life Japanese war bride. She tells her story with humor, courage, and a never-give-up spirit that I loved. I didn’t expect this character, a Japanese woman of the 1940s, torn from her homeland, devastated by war, and thrust into an alien culture knowing very little English to show such pure, unadulterated spunk.
The Raytown Branch Adult Book Group will be reading Deception by Jonathan Kellerman for their April meetings. Elise Freeman and her cry for help comes too late to save her. Deception is a psychological thriller that contains all the thrills and intrigues of a mystery with a dose of mind games.
A Classic Fantasy Quest about Finding the Truth and Finding Yourself!
Shortly before the all-important "Namingfest" that will determine their future trades, Ariel and her friend Zeke find an ancient artifact that changes the course of their lives. Though Ariel recognizes a few of the symbols on the telling dart, the message itself is a mystery. Two strangers come to their village seeking both the dart and its recipient. Ariel is taken by force and, unknown to her, her mother is murdered.
For March, the Monday Mystery Book Club read Where Serpents Sleep by C. S. Harris. This book is set in 1812 London. The main character, Sebastian St. Cyr, is a Lord challenged to solve the murder of a seemingly low brow prostitute named Rachel by his antagonist’s daughter, Hero. Secrets abound and many characters have reasons to stop Sebastian’s investigation. The question becomes who really killed Rachel and why? Along the way much is uncovered--pleasant and not so pleasant.
If you run a book club and order your books through MCPL, you might have noticed that things have changed a little bit. MCPL has had a Booktalk collection for book clubs that meet at the library and for our community book club groups as well. This has always been a tremendous resource and will be even more utilized with the new program: Kit Keeper.
At last night’s book club meeting, we discussed a fantastic book: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This is Setterfield’s only novel, and it’s a doozy! It's a full-blown gothic mystery, complete with a ramshackle house, disturbed twins, an insanity-plagued family, secrets, lies, and the hint of a ghost or two. The book club gave it a unanimous rave review, and several of us said that we were tempted to start re-reading right away!
For our April discussion, we are reading two stories involving someone who is missing. One plot revolves around the hero’s missing brother. The other plot revolves around a missing baby. Join us at the Antioch Branch on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. to see if each is found.
I’d never read anything by Anna Quindlen before I started this month’s Book Club selection, Blessings. The novel is so beautifully written, I decided to do a little research on the author. Ms. Quindlen started her writing career as a journalist. Her nationally syndicated op-ed column for the New York Times, called "Public and Private," became only the third one in the paper’s history to be written by a woman. Her work has appeared in virtually every major newspaper and magazine in the country.
In March, Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer. Everyone in the group agreed that Archer does such a fine job with the characterizations in the novel that you never need to turn back pages to remember who people are--a major accomplishment in our eyes. This book isn’t going down in history as a great classic, but the strong characters and a clever plot make it a worthwhile read. The main character, Danny, strives for justice regardless of the cost. As far as heroes go, he is essentially good.