Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in the small conference room at the Bluffton Branch Library.

Everyone is welcome!

2010 Selections:
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by Anita Shreve
January 20th


Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

February 17th


by Hillary Jordan

March 17th


The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

April 21st

"A New England boarding school is rocked in the wake of a sex scandal in which participants were caught on videotape, a situation that derails the innocence and best intentions of students, parents, and others in life-shattering ways."
"In the small town of Crosby, Maine, lives Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her...Thirteen linked tales present a heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of ordinary coastal Mainers living lives of quiet grief intermingled with flashes of human connection."
"In 1946, Laura McAllan, a college-educated Memphis schoolteacher, becomes a reluctant farmer's wife when her husband, Henry, buys a farm on the Mississippi Delta, a farm she aptly nicknames Mudbound. Jordan's poignant and moving debut novel takes on social injustice in the postwar Mississippi Delta. Here, two families, the landowning McAllans and their black sharecroppers, the Jacksons, struggle with the mores of the Jim Crow South."
Set in Stockett's native Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1960s, this first novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. Black maids raised white children and ran households, but were paid poorly, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry. Three women, an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.
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No July Meeting
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Still Alice

by Lisa Genova
May 19th

Half-Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

by Jeannette Walls

June 16th

Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese

August 18th

"In a highly readable form of bibliotherapy, first-time novelist Genova, who holds a doctorate in neuroscience, meticulously traces the downward spiral of a woman suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's disease... Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away."
"Best-selling author Walls (The Glass Castle) tells the even more gripping tale of her maternal grandmother, the formidable horse-training, poker-playing rancher and teacher Lily Casey Smith. Because she patched the story together from reminiscences, used her imagination to fill in the gaps, and decided to have Lily narrate so we could all experience her sharp-shooter's directness, Walls calls this a novel."
  Enjoy some beach reading!  
"Focusing on the world of medicine, this epic first novel by doctor and author Verghese (My Own Country) follows a man on a mythic quest...Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart."
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Five Quarters of the Orange
No December Meeting

Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

September 15th

The House of Mirth

by Edith Wharton
October 20th

Five Quarters of the Orange

by Joanne Harris
November 17th

Happy Holidays!


"The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu."
"A portrait of American manners and morals at the turn of the century offers the saga of Lily Bart, a beautiful heroine who lacks one requirement for marrying well in New York society--her own money."
"Tragedy, revenge, suspicion, and love are the ingredients for the latest offering from the author of the acclaimed Chocolat . Framboise Dartigen recounts what happened in her tiny village of Les Laveuses during the German occupation and why after carrying the secret for more than 55 years she hid her identity "


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Reference Services, 757-1539 or