Intergenerational Book Club
Please join us every month on the third Tuesday or whenever a title, a
writer, or a genre interests you. The book club is open to all: male or
female; young or young-at-heart; local resident, mid-coast
neighbor, or visitor from anywhere. Meetings are held at the library
at 2:30 PM. Readers are responsible for buying or borrowing their own
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Previous IGBC & Bookwomen Unite! Books
Wild Swans: Three daughters of China by Jung Chang
Tuesday, April 21st at 2:30 PM
1991's Wild Swans has been published in 37 languages and has sold more than 13 million copies (though it is still banned in mainland China).
The book, by Jung Chang, tells the story of three generations of women in the author's family – grandmother, mother, and daughter – and narrates the
tragic history of China in the twentieth century.
Jung Chang’s grandmother’s feet were bound when she was a child, and she was given to a warlord general as his concubine. As he lay dying,
she fled with her infant daughter, who grew up to become active in the Communist movement and eventually became a senior official.
Jung Chang herself, the third generation, was raised in the privileged circles of China’s Communist elite.
She, however, had the audacity to question Mao. Her parents were denounced and tortured, and Jung Chang was exiled to the edge of the Himalayas.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a tale of extraordinary cruelty and bravery, of death and survival.
Majestic in its scope and vivid in its description of China’s long nightmare, it is both an important work of history and a remarkable human document.
Mystery Book Club
Selections through October 2015
The Mystery Book Club meets at 7:00 p.m at varying locations. At each meeting we will discuss one of the following authors, not one
specific book, so please select one or more titles by that month's author to read prior to the meeting. For more information or for any
meeting's location, please contact Nancy Carter at 354-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- January 28: Jo Nesbo - Jo Nesbo
Set in international settings, featuring Oslo Crime Squad Inspector Harry Hole
- February 25: Benjamin Black - Benjamin Black
Set in 1950s Dublin, featuring pathologist Quirke Griffin
- March 25: Paul Doiron - Paul Doiron
Maine setting, featuring game warden Mike Bowditch
- April 22: Steve Hamilton - Steve Hamilton
Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.), featuring former cop Alex McKnight
- May 27: Ann Cleeves - Ann Cleeves
1) Set in London, featuring DI Vera Stanhope; 2) set in Northumberland, featuring Inspector Stephen Ramsey, and 3) set on the Shetland Islands, featuring DI Jimmy Perez
- June 24: Priscilla Royal - Priscilla Royal
Set in medieval Britain, featuring Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal
- July 22: James W. Hall - James W. Hall
Set in the Florida Keys, featuring troubled renegade Thorn
- August 26: Michael Nethercott - Michael Nethercott
Set in 1950s-era Greenwich Village and Connecticut, featuring Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett
- September 23: Hazel Holt - Hazel Holt
Set in Devon, England, featuring literary critic Sheila Malory
- October 28: Loren Nestleman - Loren Nestleman
Set in the Detroit area, featuring private detective Amos Walker