Olive Free Library
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March 16: Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
April 20: The Canary Girls By Jennifer Chiaverini
May 18: Finding Me: A Memoir By Viola Davis
June 15: The Postcard, by Anne Berest
July 20: Lady Tan’s Circle of Women By Linda See
August 17: The Women by Kristen Hannah
September 21: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
October 19: The Library book by Susan Orlean
November 16: Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
December 21: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride
March 16 at 4 p.m.
Hello, Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him.
But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations.
April 20 at 4 p.m.
The Canary Girls By Jennifer Chiaverini
Early in the Great War, men left Britain’s factories in droves to enlist. Struggling to keep up production, arsenals hired women to build the weapons the military urgently needed. “Be the Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun,” the recruitment posters beckoned.
Thousands of women–cooks, maids, shopgirls, and housewives–answered their nation’s call. These “munitionettes” worked grueling shifts often seven days a week, handling TNT and other explosives with little protective gear.
Among them is nineteen-year-old former housemaid April Tipton. Impressed by her friend Marjorie’s descriptions of higher wages, plentiful meals, and comfortable lodgings, she takes a job at Thornshire Arsenal near London, filling shells in the Danger Building–difficult, dangerous, and absolutely essential work.
In person, the 3rd Monday of each month at 2 p.m.
Masks are REQUIRED for this club.
2024 Book Club Selections
March 18: The Girl Who Died – Ragnar Jonasson – Modern Day Iceland & Strong Poison – Dorothy Sayers – Post WWI England
April 15: The Dying Detective – Leif Persson – Modern Day Sweden
May 20: Murder in Chianti – Camilla Trinchieri – Modern Day Italy & The Veiled One – Ruth Rendell – 1970’s England
June 17: Slow Horses – Mick Herron – Modern Day England
July 15: The Blackhouse – Peter May – Modern Day Scotland & The Black Tower – P.D. James – 1970’s England
August 19: Midnight at Malabar House – Vaseem Khan – 1950s Bombay
September 16: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul – Shamini Flint – Singapore & Maigret Bides His Time – Simenon Georges – 1950’s Paris
October 21: The Man Who Died – Antti Tuomainen – Finland
November 18: Malice – Keigo Higashino – Modern Day Japan
December 16: Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up – Emily Brightwell – Victorian England
March 18 at 2 p.m.
The Girl Who Died – Ragnar Jonasson – Modern Day
Una wants nothing more than to teach, but she has been unable to secure steady employment in Reykjavík. Her savings are depleted, her love life is nonexistent, and she cannot face another winter staring at the four walls of her shabby apartment. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in 1986 in the remote fishing hamlet of Skálar seems like a small price to pay for a chance to earn some teaching credentials and get her life back on track.
But Skálar isn’t just one of Iceland’s most isolated villages, it is home to just ten people. Una’s only students are two girls aged seven and nine. Teaching them only occupies so many hours in a day and the few adults she interacts with are civil but distant. She only seems to connect with Thór, a man she shares an attraction with but who is determined to keep her at arm’s length.
April 15 at 2 p.m.
The Dying Detective – Leif Persson – Modern Day Sweden
LARS MARTIN JOHANSSON is a living legend. Cunning and perceptive, always one step ahead, he was known in the National Criminal Police as “the man who could see around corners.” But now Johansson is retired, living in the country, his police days behind him. Or so he thinks. After suffering a stroke, Johansson finds himself in the hospital. Tests show heart problems as well. And the only thing that can save him from despair is his doctor’s mention of an unsolved murder case from years before. The victim: an innocent nine-year-old girl. Johansson is determined to solve the case, no matter his condition. With the help of his assistant, Matilda, an amateur detective, and Max, an orphan with a personal stake in the case, he launches an informal investigation from his hospital bed.
In person on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
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