Olive Free Library
This book club meets virtually. Please sign up here to get the link.
Saturday, January 21 at 4 p.m.
Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers
1957, south-east suburbs of London.
Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and — on the brink of forty — living a limited existence with her truculent mother: a small life from which there is no likelihood of escape. When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud.
February 18 at 4 p.m.
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Harlem Shuffle’s ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.
In person, the 3rd Monday of each month at 2 p.m.
Masks are REQUIRED for this club.
January 23 The Boy in the Suit Case by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis (DENMARK)
February 20 Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (MODERN-DAY ICELAND)
March 20 Roseanne by Maj Sjowall & Per Walloo (1960s SWEDEN)
April 17 Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin (MODERN-DAY SCOTLAND)
May 15 The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall (MODERN-DAY INDIA)
June 26 The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (MODERN-DAY ENGLAND)
July 17 The Coldest Case by Martin Walker (FRANCE)
August 21 The Line by Martin Limon (1970s SOUTH KOREA)
September 18 Hatchet Island by Paul Doiron (MAINE, USA) & Lightning Strike by William Kent Krueger (MINNESOTA, USA)
October 16 The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves (ENGLAND)
November 20 Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo (1940s JAPAN)
December 18 Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (ENGLAND)
January 23 at 2 p.m.
The Boy in the Suit Case by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis (DENMARK)
Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can’t say no when someone asks for help—even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet.
February 20 at 2 p.m.
Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
At a university in Reykjavik, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim’s family isn’t convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thora Gudmundsd ttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn’t long before Thora and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student’s obsession with Iceland’s grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted.
In person on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
January 24- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (fantasy)
February 28- The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman (realistic fiction)
March 28- Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (fantasy)
April 25- ABC Murders by Agatha Christie (mystery)
May 23- Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut (dark comedy)
June 20- Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (book to movie)
January 24 at 6 p.m.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (fantasy)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing.